Bosch 1-1/4 hp Colt compact router

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The Bosch GKF125CE Colt variable-speed palm-grip router with 1.25 horsepower (max) lets you feel the power in your hand. This Bosch Colt Palm Router has an ergonomic palm-grip design with soft-grip to make it very comfortable to hold, making it typically more convenient to use than larger routers. But it also has ample power, with a 1.25 HP (max) rating. Far more than a laminate trimmer, it’s the ideal tool for rounding-over deck planks and railings, hinge mortising, decorative edge forming, slot cutting, window cutouts, decorative inlays, laminate trimming and more. The motor features soft-start circuitry, a variable-speed dial and Constant Response circuitry to maintain speed under load. Its PR101 fixed base features macro- and micro-fine depth adjustment and a centerable round subbase for easy guidance. The GKF125CEN Colt Palm Router package includes the router, self-releasing collet chuck and a comfortable forged collet chuck wrench.

  • Robust variable-speed palm router construction – made to provide precision and performance with a 1.25 horsepower (max) motor, advanced electronics, rugged base and proven ergonomics and reliability
  • Powerful 1.25 HP (max), 7.0 Amp motor – delivers abundant power for routing and trimming applications
  • Ground-breaking depth-adjustment system – ensures precise depth adjustment
  • Rugged 360° (non-split) aluminum base housing with wide-bit capacity — accepts bits up to 1-5/16 In. wide
  • LED lighting – provides enhanced view of bit area
  • Variable speed dial from 16,000 to 35,000 RPM – allows for accurately matching speed to workpiece and task
  • Soft-start circuitry – reduces start-up torque
  • Constant Response circuitry – monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance
  • Round translucent polycarbonate subbase – can be centered for worry-free guidance along templates
  • Durable spindle lock – allows for fast, easy bit changes
  • Finger-support pockets – provides enhanced stability and control
  • Ball-joint cord swivel – for easiest cord positioning
  • Easy motor removal – able to release with press of a button to move to optional plunge base (not included)
  • Depth scales in both inches and metric – provides user versatility and convenience


  • (1) GKF125CE Colt 1.25 HP (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router
  • (1) PR101 Fixed Base
  • (1) 1/4 In. Self-Releasing Collet Chuck
  • (1) Collet Chuck Wrench
Amperage 7.0
Base Opening 1-9/16"
Case Type No Case Included
Collet Capacity 1/4"
Dust Collection No
Fixed-Base Depth Range 1-3/16"
Height 8.25"
Length 4.134"
Max. Tool HP 1.25
No Load RPM 16,000-35,000
Separate On/Off Speed Control Yes
Voltage 120V
Weight 4.4lb

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Bosch 1-1/4 hp Colt router

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When you add a quarter horse, you get a grown-up Colt

Review Summary

As a fan of Bosch’s 1-hp Colt trim router for more than a decade, we’ve been eager to get our hands on this amped-up model. The new 1-1/4-hp Colt has more muscle: We could not bog it down without making ridiculous cuts. With that power comes a larger body, but it’s still compact enough to operate one-handed, and it’s nimble despite the added size. We like the variable-speed, soft-start motor, and twin LEDs that illuminate around the bit nicely.
Our favorite feature, though, is the bit-depth adjuster: Three modes on the base lock (locked, unlocked, and microadjust) make it incredibly easy to fine-tune a bit’s cutting depth. This Colt comes with an adjustable edge guide—a nice touch. Bosch plans to launch a plunge base—a hotly anticipated accessory—in 2019.

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