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Thinking about a smaller router for free hand sign making and Looking at the Dewalt DPW611, I love my Bosch 1617 but it is a little big for some of what I want to do. I would like the Bosch Colt but I don't think it has a light (the only thing I don't like about my 1617). The DPW611 has a dual LED light and a good view of the work. Any recommendations for a small router with lights?

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I wish I could find the thread , but Harry wasn't happy with the factory LED on his makita router and installed another LED light source to it that really worked well for him . I know your asking about smaller lighter routers , but I'm just saying it may come down to adding a light source to one of these routers.

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I was hoping to not have to jury rig a light, but that may be a better option. I still need to rig one up on my Bosch 1617.

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Thinking about a smaller router for free hand sign making and Looking at the Dewalt DPW611, I love my Bosch 1617 but it is a little big for some of what I want to do. I would like the Bosch Colt but I don't think it has a light (the only thing I don't like about my 1617). The DPW611 has a dual LED light and a good view of the work. Any recommendations for a small router with lights?
add a light source to the Colt...
way better than the built in LED's....

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I don't think that you can go wrong with Dewalt PK611, buy adding a light to Colt sounds like a good idea and the source for the idea is sure a reliable one. Stick knows about these things.

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The 611 is a nice little router to use

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Bob: for what it's worth, I have the 611 and love it. The only thing I have to compare it to, though, is a couple old BIG ones.
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Thinking about a smaller router for free hand sign making and Looking at the Dewalt DPW611, I love my Bosch 1617 but it is a little big for some of what I want to do. I would like the Bosch Colt but I don't think it has a light (the only thing I don't like about my 1617). The DPW611 has a dual LED light and a good view of the work. Any recommendations for a small router with lights?
Hi Bob
I too have a Bosch Colt-- w/o lights, ha --- I have a lamp on my work table that has a 100W bulb in it-- when I do my free-hand routing to cut a recession for a coin-bank brass plate, I turn on the work lamp-- I love the Colt--it's a perfect size for free-hand routing--- the lack of a light wasn't a problem until I had a birthday or 2 that ended in "Zero"-- as my eyes began to be a problem, the light became part of my hand routing-- Talk to the folks at Lowes or H.D.-- explain your concerns-- maybe they would let you try it before you make the purchase???
Or, contact your local vocational school. They may have a Colt and/or a DeWalt in their wood shop that you could see and possible try out.
I can't comment on the DeWalt-- I am not familiar with it at all--
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I have the same problem with the eyes, too many birthdays under my belt, that is the reason I have time to play once in awhile (retired).

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I have the 611 combo kit and really like it
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