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Didn't Bosch just introduce a new cordless trim router?


If this is it colour me less than impressed...
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23' of roundover per battery charge? That's got to be a typo(?). Once around a 4'x8' sheet of plywood, that's it. Sorry, not even remotely interested.
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Can't find a battery listing for this thing. Wouldn't do me a lot of good, Don't really want other battery types one (DeWalt) is enough.

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OK; my bad. Even so, not interested. I'd go with the Colt. May happen sooner than later...my old standby Ryobi trim router is making me crazy now; it won't hold a depth setting. The body moves in the cast frame, ruining a cut.
So, here's the thing. It wasn't particularly expensive when i bought it well over 30 yrs ago (maybe 40?), so following my own oft offered advice time to just bite the bullet and buy new modern technology!
The Ryobi doesn't owe me anything; paid for itself decades ago.
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I am looking to buy a compact router and I am undecided on which way to go, yes, paralysis analysis, I recognize this.

Based on my research I had pretty much decided on the Bosch GKF125CEPK Kit. I like the Bosch reputation, I like the LED, cord relief, finger placement, clear round base, and other upgrades. The review at; https://www.aconcordcarpenter.com/bo...lt-router.html was very helpful. I like the upgrades over the older Bosch PR20EVS model.

I am also looking at the Makita RT0701CX3 Kit, I like the fact that the kit is so inclusive, I like the tilt and offset base, which I don't believe is available on the Bosch, it seems to me that even if you do not use the tilt and offset base regularly, when the specific project arises they would be handy. I do not like that Makita did not include the LED light. I have a Makita tracksaw with 39 and 55 inch rails so that also factors in to the decision to some extent.

As far as intended use, nothing specific, maybe some sign work, woodworking, household projects here and there.

I have looked at the threads in the archives and both seem well liked. I know opinions change over time and hope to get some updated input. Then there is the DeWalt which I haven't looked at in depth. It seems to be well liked too.

One of the reasons I am posting this is also to see if I overlooked some obvious considerations.

Thanks to all for any help.

Edit To Add; Forgot to mention, I have a full size Craftsman router (which I will likely replace or supplement with a full size Bosch soon), so I am buying this as my second router for smaller projects.
.For what it's worth, I bought the Makita model, for essentially the same reasons you mentioned. I posted the manual in the Manuals section. Quillman (posthumously Honored Member Pat Warner) ripped into me about what he called defects and posted a link to his web site (no longer available) where I could spend money on his "improvement". I did not purchase it and see no reason why it would help.

The Bosch MRC23EVSK is a superb router.
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I would give a round base negative marks...if the router is to be used to follow a straight edge or template.

The part of the base that rides on the edge/template must be kept absolutely perpendicular to the bit or gouging will occur. Whether the base contact point leads or lags the bit even a little it will decrease the distance to the bit...gouging...

A square base will provide more surface area (for the same diameter to the bit) and better holding power for your hand (thumb and forefinger at corners).

...just thinkin' out loud...

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I have a dewalt 611 and like it. I have it on a CNC Router and they also offer the Makita. The Makita has a larger speed range over some others. The newest Makita is brush less and that is important long term.

If you choose a cordless router consider that when the batteries run out of power they basically slow a little and then stop. As long as you are not going to route all day this may not be an issue. Many battery routers use a brake when turn the router off and that uses a lot of battery power.

If you are going to buy I would definitely get the kits with plunge and regular bases. You may be surprised how often a plunge base can be used. But the Dewalt, Bosch, Makita and Porter Cable routers are all good routers concentrate on the value add of the number of accessories offered for each model. The Porter Cable and Dewalt are the same router. (Trim Router).
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I would give a round base negative marks...if the router is to be used to follow a straight edge or template.

The part of the base that rides on the edge/template must be kept absolutely perpendicular to the bit or gouging will occur. Whether the base contact point leads or lags the bit even a little it will decrease the distance to the bit...gouging...

A square base will provide more surface area (for the same diameter to the bit) and better holding power for your hand (thumb and forefinger at corners).

...just thinkin' out loud...

Good luck with your search...feel them in your hand before you buy...you may find others that suit your hand better...
That really isn't correct, when routing an outside edge a bearing bit is used, not the base, and if routing around a template either a top bearing bit or a template guide is used.
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I stand corrected for templates...but not for straight edge.

When following a straight edge it is critically and absolutely necessary to keep the contact point of the base perpendicular to the bit or gouging will occur...

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When following a straight edge it is critically and absolutely necessary to keep the contact point of the base perpendicular to the bit or gouging will occur...
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