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Bosch Colt Compact Router Kit Combo

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
2.5
out of 5
Brand:
Bosch
Model:
PR20EVSPK
Price:
$190

Description

• 1.0 (Max) horsepower output for a wide array of routing applications
• Variable-speed dial — For matching speed to workpiece and task
• Softstart — Reduces start-up torque
• Constant Response™ Circuitry — Monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance
• Angled cord exit — Helps keep cord out of the way
• Rugged aluminum fixed base with micro and macro precise depth adjustment
• Rugged plunge base with smooth plunge action, plunge lock release lever, and depth rod with microfine adjustment
• Tool-free conversion — Quick clamp system allows motor to be easily adjusted or moved from base to base
• Fast & precise depth adjustment systems
• Precision Centering Design — Makes it easy to keep bit on intended cutline when using jigs, templets, dovetail fixtures and similar guidance devices
• Straight edge guide — PR002 guides router - in fixed base - along edges of workpiece or up to 3-5/8 in. from edge
• Comfortable Contoured Grip Areas – The most comfortable router system in its class
• Versatile bit-changing system – Fast, easy bit changes using two wrenches or spindle lock and one wrench

Amperage 5.6
Collet Capacity 1/4"
FixedBase Depth Range 1-3/16"
Height 7.5"
Max. Motor HP 1.0
No Load RPM 16,000 - 35,000
Plunge Depth 2-1/4"
Serviceable No
Subbase Opening 1.57"
Voltage 120V - 60Hz
Weight (lbs.) 3.3

Includes
PR20EVS Motor
PR011 Fixed Base
PR002 Straight Edge Guide
PR011 Plunge Base
Bit-Changes Wrenches
¼” Self-Releasing Collet

WOOD magazine review

Bosch adds plunge base to Colt router

Review Summary

Bosch launched the Colt in 2005 with only a fixed base; to this day it still proves easy to grip and use. The new plunge base mirrors Bosch’s mid-size plunger (MRC23EVS, launched in 2011), only smaller. It lacks the power of comparable compact router kits, but it's adequate with a sensible feed rate. This base has the greatest plunge travel and tied for best fine-depth adjustment in our test of six compact routers.
But, because the motor fits into the bases only one way and the handles on the plunge base (though comfortable) angle back, it’s not practical to operate the router from its “back” side. (Sometimes we like to angle the power cord toward us.) Neither base comes equipped for using guide bushings—you need to buy an optional attachment (#RA1126, $8) to use Bosch’s proprietary bushings. The kit comes with an edge guide for the fixed base, but you must buy an optional guide (#RA1054, $45) for the plunge base. Also optional: plunge-base dust-collection hoods (#PR012, $15; #RA1175, $18).

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Extremely poor adjustment. Otherwise good.

Review Summary

I would not buy this router again because of the up/down adjustment. It's not very user friendly to adjust. Also there is so much "play" in the adjustment it will slip while routing. We run other brands as well and the Colt seems to be the poorest. Otherwise a good router.

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