Bosch Colt plunge base
Corey and I have wanted to get a plunge base for the Colt, and they don't make one, you can buy after market one for 399.00 dollars and that's just a bit high in price for me.. http://www.microfence.com/pages/Plunge/Zoom12.html http://www.microfence.com/pages/Pack...%20Prices.html
SO today I was looking at the Colt and the PC plunge base and said why should I buy a high price one when I can make my own with some 3/4" MDF stock glued up with 3 boards,, the PC base is well made and I have some around all the time...and it will do the job just fine..
So I set off to make a ring that would hold the Bosch Colt in the PC base.
I used the MDF stock because it has no wood grain to split out..
The ring must be dead on and it's takes a bit of work to make sure it is but other than it's a easy way to get a plunge base for the great Colt router..
Adapter Ring Size 2.782" ID x 3.482" OD x 2.225" tall ,Note,, the adapter ring will also fit the Craftsman Plunge router Base....(combo set) http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...cemldffidflk.0
For a total price of 50 cents for the stock..
If you want to make one also just ask and I will help you to do that.. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=33544
Plunge PC router base in case you don't have one. http://search.ebay.com/plunge-base-P...sid=p1638.m120
or from http://www.amazon.com/Porter-Cable-6.../dp/B0000222VF
New Router base Plate from: http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shops...ter_Plate.html
So as a bottom NOTE**** some will say WHY,,,, why not just use the PC router motor in the base to do the same job....why go to all that work.. ?
It comes down to weight and mass,, the PC router motor is a hvy.motor and the Bosch is about 1/4 the mass and weight of the PC motor and that's a big deal when you are making a free hand signs and other router jobs, the PC base is Alum. and it's light without the PC motor in place when the Bosch is in place it's almost like not having a router motor in place at all plus the HP of the Bosch will do all the jobs easy...unlike some of the other light trim routers like the Dremel for just one...and the MLCS and the Porter Cable for two more...
The Bosch router is 1HP and the PC is about 2HP and 4 times the weight, if this is a true rate then the PC should be 4HP and it's not...but because the Bosch is made so well it can do so much more than the standard trim router.