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Thread: Laminate Trim Router.... Which one?

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    Laminate Trim Router.... Which one?

    This last set of cabinets I did, with the prospects for more of the same coming, I'm looking at a trim router. I have lots of large routers, but I think one of these trim routers might be nice to add to the arsenal.


    Is there one that stands out?


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    alot folks use the older PC310 stu, but they are hard to come by now.. the bosch colt is a good router and has a kit for laminate work as well if that is what your after. comfortable and the adjust is solid..


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    I have a PC trim router that cost about $100 when I bought it about 11 years ago. It works great, but I had to try one of the HF orange units that was $20 a year or so later. The HF worked great, so I bought another as did a couple of other guys in a commercial shop. It is now black, but the structure looks the same.
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    If I were shopping for one of those, I'd go for something like one of the new PC/Dewalt 1.25hp units... sort of a laminate trimmer plus... here's a quick link to a typical package: http://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet.c...unge-combo-kit
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    One word for me. Bosch Colt variable speed. Best second to my heavy weight Milwaukee 3HP router I own. Wish it had been my first router. Its an amazing little machine and its so comfy to hold. Great cord, great cord length. Really nice adjustment. One wrench tool tightening. And for $74 recond or $115 new , its well worth the money. BUy two.


    http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reconditioned-bosch-pr20evsk-rt-colt-variable-speed-palm-router-kit/bshrpr20evsk-rt,default,pd.html?cgid=bosch-reconditioned-routers

    http://www.cpotools.com/bosch-pr20ev...tioned-routers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    One word for me. Bosch Colt variable speed. Best second to my heavy weight Milwaukee 3HP router I own. Wish it had been my first router. Its an amazing little machine and its so comfy to hold. Great cord, great cord length. Really nice adjustment. One wrench tool tightening. And for $74 recond or $115 new , its well worth the money. BUy two.


    http://www.cpotools.com/factory-reconditioned-bosch-pr20evsk-rt-colt-variable-speed-palm-router-kit/bshrpr20evsk-rt,default,pd.html?cgid=bosch-reconditioned-routers

    http://www.cpotools.com/bosch-pr20ev...tioned-routers
    +1. I would recommend the Bosch Colt, but I would also go for the plunge option...CLICK HERE. Trend, Porter Cable, and DeWalt also have plunge options.




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    Another vote for the Bosch Colt PR20EVS - I bought mine as the installer kit "just in case."

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PR20EVSN...productDetails

    I don't know if I have actually used the funny adapters that are part of the kit in production, although I have played with them. The basic idea is to be able to trim closer to the edge and corner of an installation (and I haven't done a Formica project in many years).

    The basic Colt router is a joy to use for more than just trimming - light and powerful. Only has a 1/4 inch collet so I cannot use many of the router bits in my collection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Plesums View Post
    Another vote for the Bosch Colt PR20EVS - I bought mine as the installer kit "just in case."

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PR20EVSN...productDetails

    I don't know if I have actually used the funny adapters that are part of the kit in production, although I have played with them. The basic idea is to be able to trim closer to the edge and corner of an installation (and I haven't done a Formica project in many years).

    The basic Colt router is a joy to use for more than just trimming - light and powerful. Only has a 1/4 inch collet so I cannot use many of the router bits in my collection.
    Thanks guys!

    yeah the Bosch looks good, about $250 shipped with import duty to my door.....
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    Stu just what sort of duty are you paying as a percentage of the price. Note often the courier companies or any other for that matter charge handling fees for bond and storage etc during importation. I am just curious to know what the duty element is on the items you import in percentage terms. I get ill just seeing what you paying for things. I have read all the motivations but man it sure puts Japan in a questionable position to compete. The odd thing many do not know is that many of the Japanese companies sell their products at a higher price in Japan to what the foreign market gets it at. But with WTO I am wondering if Japan can still get away with protectionist tariffs given brands like Makita etc. Not that I would think they have those units made in Japan. My own prior dealings with Japanese companies is that they very nationalistic/protectionist to the point of being darn right silly about it economically.
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