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Looking at getting a small router, preferably with a plunge base. Was considering the Bosch Colt 1hp with plunge base or the Dewalt 611pk 1.25hp with plunge base. It seems like both have readily available vacuum attachments and other accessories. Both have a good following and positive reviews. Dewalt has an LED light. Both about the same price. Any other options out there that are similar or any opinions on either of the above? Thanks in advance.
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Looking at getting a small router, preferably with a plunge base. Was considering the Bosch Colt 1hp with plunge base or the Dewalt 611pk 1.25hp with plunge base. It seems like both have readily available vacuum attachments and other accessories. Both have a good following and positive reviews. Dewalt has an LED light. Both about the same price. Any other options out there that are similar or any opinions on either of the above? Thanks in advance.


Like anything else, you will find followers of both brands, I don't see how you woud make a mistake with either one. I have the 611, but ever using the Colt, I can not in honesty say anything one way or another about which I would prefer if I were to choose after both of them. I can only say that the Dewalt seems to be a very good choice for me so far.

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I have the 611 also and like it but haven't used it much. I have no experience with the Colt either. Until about a week ago I had never heard anything bad about the Colt when at least 2 members posted that they had had problems with excessive run out and lack of power with Colts. However, Bosch has excellent customer service and a history of making it right.

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I love my Dewalt 611PK and use it a lot.

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Using a couple of old Craftsman routers & a Bosch 1617EVSPK & a Dewalt DWP611PK Routers in SW Louisiana.
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I have both the DeWalt 611 and the Colt. The Colt was a major disappointment. It is a trim router and not a compact route., Even as a trim router mine is borderline and has to be used only with a piloted bit.

A lso have a Makita which is probably as good as the DeWalt. I use the Makita offhand and the DeWalt is mounted in a CNC machine, so I can't tell you which is better, but both work very well for use I have for them.

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Wow..surprised about the colt...sounds like this item was a dud..I have a dual compound sliding mitrer saw and drill/driver from bosch and love them..sounds like this wasn't built as well as their other products.
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Wow..surprised about the colt...sounds like this item was a dud..I have a dual compound sliding mitrer saw and drill/driver from bosch and love them..sounds like this wasn't built as well as their other products.
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My usual recommendation: visit well stocked tool dealers and handle the routers you are considering. Best way to determine which one has the features you need and want and fits you ergonomically.
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hey johnathan..

I have both the colt and the 611pk. Only issue with the colt was a collet failure, and with the 611, 1 LED crapped out shortly after purchase. Neither one a deal breaker for sure. If its a good general purpose small router your after, the 611 would be my choice. If its a dedicated trim,inlay or detail router your after the colt would be the go to router. Since the addition of a plunge base for the colt, I've gone from liking it to really liking it. Both have performed extremely well when working within the design of each. You can push each beyond what they are designed for and not be happy with the results or the router. And I tend to push the limits alot. Just an opinion, but I feel that the 611 handles a load better than the colt. IMHO the subbase for both could stand to be a bit larger. Again not a deal breaker. If I had to pick between the two, I'd grudingly pick the 611pk. Either way, you can't go wrong.

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