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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old 07-20-2010, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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I have been safely woodworking with commercial power tools for over 30 years. That means no injuries. But, I recently suffered a pretty scary cut while using a Bosch Colt Palm Router. It was set up with a 1Ē laminate trim bit with about 1/8Ē of the bit protruding out of the base and most of the bit exposed in the collet access opening cut out. In other words, the motor was adjusted high up in the housing, maximizing exposure to the spinning collet and upper part of the laminate bit through the unprotected collet access opening cut out in the side of the base. The fingers of my right hand were positioned on the base in the finger support pockets as per instruction. When I switched the Palm Router on with my left hand it moved/jerked into the laminate edge and bounced away from the work piece. Unfortunately, my fingers slipped out of the finger support pockets and into the unprotected collet access opening cutout in the side of the router base. Needless to say the top half of the laminate bit took a big chunk out of the tip of one of my fingers that slipped into the opening.

After reviewing the design of this tool it seems to me that some sort of plastic guard should cover the collet access opening cutout. Placing fingers close to the unprotected business end of this particular tool, as per instructions, seems to be very unsafe.

Has anyone else had a similar experience with this tool?
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Rob, this is the first problem report I have heard of. To date all members have raved about the Colt, I believe it is the most popular trim router at this time. While I am sure you harbor ill will for the Colt, perhaps you could leave it unplugged and take some step by step photos of how this occured? A picture is worth a thousand words. I am sorry to hear of this mishap and wish you a speedy recovery. I will bring this to the attention of a Bosch factory rep.

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I agree that the Palm Router is a great tool. I have been using it for years. But, after the accident, I took a closer look at it's design and the design of other laminate trimmers. Take a look at the picture. Do you see that large opening that exposes the spinning collet and bit? Now, consider that the user is supposed to place their fingers within 3/4" of the spinning collet and bit. Simply put, this is not safe. There should be a plastic guard in place.

By the way, as I recall, no other trim router has this kind of opening that exposes fingers to danger.
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Hi Rob

If you use the base below you are safer, you have a place for both hands. the chips must get out some how..

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I agree that the Palm Router is a great tool. I have been using it for years. But, after the accident, I took a closer look at it's design and the design of other laminate trimmers. Take a look at the picture. Do you see that large opening that exposes the spinning collet and bit? Now, consider that the user is supposed to place their fingers within 3/4" of the spinning collet and bit. Simply put, this is not safe. There should be a plastic guard in place.

By the way, as I recall, no other trim router has this kind of opening that exposes fingers to danger.



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First thing that pops in to my mind is, instruction manual or not, why would anyone put their fingers there?

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First thing that pops in to my mind is, instruction manual or not, why would anyone put their fingers there?
Doesn't appear to be anywhere else to hold the thing. Glad Rob posted this and I think Bj's link is a pretty good solution.
Here's a link with demo pics of how you need to hold it.

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I can see how he did it, it's very easy to wrap your hand around the base , that's why it's best to have a place for both hands..many use just one hand and put one hand on the stock but the knob on the base will keep your fingers out of the bit hole.. it must be a every day thing that's why someone came up with the base plate with the knobs.

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Maybe I see it a different way, but I'd automatically hold it with my thumb and forefinger wrapped around just under where the power cord protrudes. A couple of my Ryobi tools have that same kind of mold to it.

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With fairly small hands and arthritic thumbs I doubt I could one-hand the thing. Next time I get close enough one for touchy-feely will need to handle it some

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With fairly small hands and arthritic thumbs I doubt I could one-hand the thing. Next time I get close enough one for touchy-feely will need to handle it some
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