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What did you finally decide to get? Looking forward to hearing your take on the tool you selected.
I am going to wait a couple weeks to peruse the Black Friday deals and then order. Right now I am thinking of ordering both the Bosch GKF125CEN Colt 1.25 HP AND the Makita Kit (RT0701CX3). The Bosch can be had for $85 - $90 (new) which seems like a really good deal. The Makita offers more base options. At the price of the Bosch I can try both and sell one (or keep both) and not be out any real amount of money.

I have seen a lot of comments here from owners of full size routers that they use their compact routers more than they thought they would. I would imagine the same for me.
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In my research for projects, I came up with some things that a compact router would make a whole lot easier. I was thinking Dremel, but thinking that would only be good for one thing for me, not more. Not sure if a trim router would work for everything, yet, but think it could do what the Dremel could also. Never used a trim router; so thinking I will get one of the el cheapo trim routers, around $24 or $25, and see if it will do what I want. If it does, then when it dies I will upgrade. And, if it won't, I won't be out much.

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For those interested, there is a new review of the Bosch Kit at protoolreviews. A lot of review sites simply parrot manufacturing advertising or extract from Amazon reviews. I have seen some pretty good reviews at protoolreviews that call out tools for shortcomings. That being said, there is nothing earth shattering in the review beyond the fact that they were happy with the router kit.

https://www.protoolreviews.com/tools...ew-gkf125cepk/
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Wow, the osch GKF125CEPK is a really nice trim router. Newer model of the previous Colt, but a bit more power, lights, variable speed dial, kit with plunge base and edge guide. I like it and would choose it over the Makita kit. Bosch was a little late into this market, but it sure looks like they listended to customers.

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Bosch CS/TS beats out Marita's by a wide margin and then some...
VOE..

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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The placement of the switch?
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I didn't know what CS/TS meant! (Still don't actually... if CS means Customer Service, what does TS mean?)

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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.
The battery isn't built in to the router. It is easily removed and replaced in an instant. Simply swap batteries.

It is 23' of roundover per amp hour, not per battery, so a 4 amp hour battery is nearly 100 feet.

Just how large is a kitchen sink?

A cordless trim router is perfect for fitting laminate counter tops, trimming the edges and sink cut out in the hustle and bustle of construction without the cumbersomeness of a cord. One battery on the charger, the other battery in the tool. Swap. Endless power.

I have 16 identical and interchangeable 6 amp hour batteries in a comprehensive cordless tool ensemble that includes a chainsaw, a 15" string trimmer, a 15" brush cutter, a 30" double sided blade hedge trimmer, power rotating broom, 473 cfm blower, 1/2" drill, 4 speed impact driver, 1,180 ft. lb. breakaway impact wrench, stapler, drywall saw, cutout tool, oscillating multitool, close quarters right angle driver, rear handle 7 1/4" circular saw, and yes, a trim router.

As has been proven to me over and over again, in a variety of tough tasks I've put this cornucopia of tools through, battery power is simply not an issue. The more recent crop of lithium ion chemistry battery tools are very different animals than the 30 year old NiCd chemistry battery tools they replaced. If I had continued to hang on to my old memories of inadequately powered battery tools, I would have never had the chance to experience the true joy of using a power tool unencumbered by worries of accidentally cutting the cord, or not being able to start a two stroke engine.

It is nothing to swipe a battery off of another tool not in use. It is nothing to have a three battery rotation... one on the charger, one in the tool, and one already charged standing by. Power is simply not an issue with cordless any longer.

For anyone making signs, or doing a lot of directional changes in their routing processes, I would strongly encourage you to experience the freedom of cordless. It still makes me smile.
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Herbert; 100'? that's only 3 -8' 1x4s on all 4 edges. Not impressed...I'll stick to my corded routers thanks.
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I didn't know what CS/TS meant! (Still don't actually... if CS means Customer Service, what does TS mean?)
1... CS = Customer Service
2... TS = Technical Service

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