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By simply routing the edges on your projects you can propel them from mundane to super-slick.  Around two years ago I was looking for a hardcore trim and edge router and shopped around till I found the Bosch 1.0HP Colt router.  Since that time I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s completely worth the $100+ price tag — it’s one of the more solid tools in the shop.

The little Colt is 1.0HP of precision spinning fury.  Its variable speed and adjustable bit depth (up to one inch) make a crushing combination.  The sturdy fit and finish of the casing and controls inspire confidence in everyone who takes it for a whirl, and everyone winds up with the same great results.

Even when asked to do jobs that should really be handled by a larger router -– such as cutting a 3/4”-wide, 3/8”-deep trench in one pass –- the Colt never fails to perform up to snuff.

The guys at Bosch have done themselves proud with the Colt: we have close to 2,000 feet of edge and trim routing under our belt with it, and it shows no signs of slowing down.  If you’re in the market for a palm router, check this out.

Colt Palm Router [Bosch]
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6 Responses to TM’s 2008 Favorites: Bosch’s Colt Palm Router

  1. Greg A. says:

    I’ve got one of these at work, use it to bevel pvc, definitely a great tool and gets the job done well

  2. fred says:

    This is the class act of the low-end trim routers. We adopted these to replace older bosh trim routers which had a few different bases – some which tended to fail in use.
    We also use the Betterly products that are based on PC routers

  3. fred says:

    I should have provided a we site for the Betterley laminate routers:


  4. Old Coot says:

    You’d have to pry mine from my cold dead fingers.

  5. lynyrd says:

    I’ve been using one in my CNC Shark for about a year and the bearings are just now starting to whine a little bit. I’ve ruined two collets so far when the bit jumped out (operator error) and occasionally the power switch need some persuasion to turn on. I’m happy with it especially considering the fact that I’m using it for something it wasn’t designed for.

  6. Bob The Drywall Guy says:

    Hehehe, I bought one of these because I needed a drywall cutter in a pinch for some archways. I knew it was ridiculously over sized, over powered and a very Tim Taylor use of the tool, but it’s all I could get. This toy is fun!!!

    It’s now it’s the tool no one else is allowed to handle, aside from a carpenter friend who actually has me using it for it’s intended purpose…. what a killjoy.

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