Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's Here!

Another power tool has crept into the shop, somehow avoiding the hand-tool force field. This is the first hand held power tool that I have ever bought in my life: the Bosch Colt palm router. I don't know if owning this tool officially takes me out of any hand tool cults, but I certainly hope not. I bought this tool because of the ease in which it accomplishes tasks not fitted for hand tools, such as stopped dadoes, dadoes in general, and things such as breadboard ends. These tasks are doable by hand (I've done them before), but are tedious and time consuming, and often don't turn out too well. So far I have been very impressed with how it runs (or gallops), I did some research online and most agreed that this palm router is the one to have. I ordered some whiteside bits, and bought the router from Lowes. Lowes was having some kind of special, so I got a free upcut spiral bit for free. I hope that this tool will allow to me to work faster, so I can get more projects done.


Alfred Kraemer said...

I bought one a year ago and agree that it is a very good tool. In the meantime I have bought another, wider base that I occasionally use, and the edge guide - I see that in your picture too. The edge guide is worth every penny.
The one complaint that I have is that the thumb lock wears out very quickly and has become unusable on my colt. I ground down a wrench to fit in the slot below the nut. That's the only way I change bits now.
One more thing: when adjusting depth make sure that the threads of the adjusting screw are engaged with those in the base, otherwise the depth might change as you work.
All in all, I'm happy with this tool and use it for dado, rabbet, and slot cutting.

I think you'll like this tool.


thewoodshopbug said...

Cool, thanks for the tips!

Anonymous said...

There is an article on these trim routers in this months Fine Woodworking magazine. They rank Dewalt #1. For value buy Grizzly & Ridgid

thewoodshopbug said...

Uh-oh, guess I didn't see that one, oh well, what's done is done.

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