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Bosch 1-HP Variable Speed Fixed Corded Router Model # PR20EVSK $79 (or $64 w/coupon) $78.97

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Bosch 1-HP Variable Speed Fixed Corded Router Model # PR20EVSK $79 (or $64 w/coupon)

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Kit includes router, fixed base, straight edge guide, shaft wrench, collet wrench, 1/4-in self-releasing collet chuck, and carrying case
Soft start gradually accelerates to preset speed to reduce startup torque for smoother operation and better control
Variable-speed dial delivers up to 35,000-RPM, and Constant Response™ circuitry monitors and maintains speed under load
Ideal for rounding-over deck planks and railings, hinge mortising, decorative edge forming, slot cutting, dovetailing, window cutouts, decorative inlays and laminate trimming
Quick clamp system allows motor to be easily adjusted or moved from base to base without the need for tools
Precision centering design makes it easy to keep bit on intended cutline when using jigs, templates, dovetail fixtures, and similar guidance devices
Rugged aluminum, enhanced bit capacity fixed base is durable, solid and precise, and accepts bits up to 1-5/16-in in diameter
Unique finger support pockets offer additional stability, especially when trimming edges
Fast and precise depth adjustment system allows both macro and micro adjustment
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Owning two, I would recommend the DeWalt over this any day, regardless of price. The height adjustment on the Colt is garbage and I can't believe Bosch hasn't come out with something new in 10 years. The spindle lock on the Colt also fails easily.
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Damnit SD stop tempting me!
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is this the colt router?.
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is this the colt router?.
Yes I believe so
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Yes I believe so
the reviews are hit and miss but from what i understand its a decent router.. the guy who owns two seems pretty upset about his router.
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the reviews are hit and miss but from what i understand its a decent router.. the guy who owns two seems pretty upset about his router.
Just telling it like it is. I'm a finish carpenter and own 7 routers - two colts with all the bases, two compact dewalts with fixed and plunge bases, a porter cable trimmer with all bases, a mid-size Milwaukee with both bases, and a full-size Hitachi with both bases. They all have various shortcomings, but the colts would be the last on my list to buy again.
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I can't believe the PR011 plunge base costs more than the router!
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Just telling it like it is. I'm a finish carpenter and own 7 routers - two colts with all the bases, two compact dewalts with fixed and plunge bases, a porter cable trimmer with all bases, a mid-size Milwaukee with both bases, and a full-size Hitachi with both bases. They all have various shortcomings, but the colts would be the last on my list to buy again.
Are you saying it is the worst?
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. The spindle lock on the Colt also fails easily.
Per Bosch Customer Support: "you need the 10mm flat wrench as an alternative to the spindle lock of your PR20EVS router. The part number of the flat wrench is 2609110786. Please contact us at 1-877-BOSCH99 (1-877-267-2499) from M-F 7a-7p CST to send that out to you."
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you have to set the height, twist the motor then lock it. There's a fine wheel adjustment too but it gums up really easy. Either way I forget to twist the motor 1/2 the time as I only use mine occasionally. I don't think the dewalts require that but I'm not sure.

The whole procedure is a bit of a pain, and when you twist you inevitably mess it up, so you unlock, twist, do the fine adjustment then forget to twist again =)
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Biggest complaint of this router seems to be the spindle lock. Per Bosch Support from an Amazon Question:

"You need the 10mm flat wrench as an alternative to the spindle lock of your PR20EVS router. The part number of the flat wrench is 2609110786. Please contact us at 1-877-BOSCH99 (1-877-267-2499) from M-F 7a-7p CST to send that out to you."

As for Dewalt, some like it better, but this is $64 vs $130+ for Dewalt
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Just an FYI for those interested, looks like Bosch is coming out with a new model (doesn't look like a replacement, just another model) that has LED lighting, Ground-breaking depth-adjustment system, 1.25 hp, Round translucent polycarbonate subbase. GKF125CEN
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Biggest complaint of this router seems to be the spindle lock. Per Bosch Support from an Amazon Question:

"You need the 10mm flat wrench as an alternative to the spindle lock of your PR20EVS router. The part number of the flat wrench is 2609110786. Please contact us at 1-877-BOSCH99 (1-877-267-2499) from M-F 7a-7p CST to send that out to you."

As for Dewalt, some like it better, but this is $64 vs $130+ for Dewalt
This is my thought exactly!
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you have to set the height, twist the motor then lock it. There's a fine wheel adjustment too but it gums up really easy. Either way I forget to twist the motor 1/2 the time as I only use mine occasionally. I don't think the dewalts require that but I'm not sure.

The whole procedure is a bit of a pain, and when you twist you inevitably mess it up, so you unlock, twist, do the fine adjustment then forget to twist again =)
Neither of mine clamp down square either, and the aluminum on aluminum height adjust ends up galling with use, especially since you'll want to tighten the clamp down after the fine adjust inevitably strips out...
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