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So i'm thinking of getting a trim router.....around a hundred bucks is my budget so the ones i'm considering are as follows...

Bosch Colt

Ridgid

Craftsman

Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Grip 5.6 Amp 1-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router with Edge Guide - Amazon.com

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-1-1-2-HP-Compact-Router-R24012/100337039#.UobSjSdGbIt

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-prof...p-00928212000P?prdNo=7&blockNo=7&blockType=G7

The craftsman seems like the best deal.....and I like my full size craftsman router..........
 

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So i'm thinking of getting a trim router.....around a hundred bucks is my budget so the ones i'm considering are as follows...

Bosch Colt

Ridgid

Craftsman

Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Grip 5.6 Amp 1-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router with Edge Guide - Amazon.com

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-1-1-2-HP-Compact-Router-R24012/100337039#.UobSjSdGbIt

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-prof...p-00928212000P?prdNo=7&blockNo=7&blockType=G7

The craftsman seems like the best deal.....and I like my full size craftsman router..........
Hi Ryan, personally, I have a Colt which I like a lot and purchased it over the Ridgid only because I knew there was a plunge base on the way. Both of those are good choices.
The Sears also looks good in that it has the two bases, one of which seems to accept Porter Cable style guide bushings. The two handle base looks especially good to me.
I don't think you can go far wrong with any of the 3. The Colt would have the edge in the number of options available; offset base, angle base, roller edge guides, plunge base, undercutter for laminates and probably some more I don't remember. :smile:
 

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I have had my Craftsman for many years. It came with more accessories than the one you listed. It had plunge base, circle attach, etc.

It has been good to me and I recommend it.

George
 

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I have the Bosch and the 1.25 hp DeWalt. I loved the Bosch until I got the DeWalt. It hasn't come out of the case in over a year. If the extra $20 isn't feasible, I would recommend the Bosch.

Side note and for what it's worth about he PC brand. Back in Jan I spoke with the DeWalt/PC Tool Rep @ the KC Wood Show. He said the PC tools are basically DW tools built with cheaper parts and without some bells & whistles.
 

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I've looked at the dewalts 1.25 combo units.....but i'm really looking for a lighter weight unit.
 

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I've looked at the dewalts 1.25 combo units.....but i'm really looking for a lighter weight unit.
When I bought my Colt it was for a laminate trim job in a bathroom remodel. At the time, I had a Trend T-4 for trim work but it was way to tall to get in where I needed to go. The height of the Colt was about perfect and, as it turned out, the Colt is very easy to handle one-handed.

George C. - If you have had your Craftsman trim router for a number of years, I doubt very much it is the same as the current model. Sears manufactures nothing and typically changes vendors periodically, sometimes for the better. This last batch of routers has been pretty good.:smile:
 

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So i'm thinking of getting a trim router.....around a hundred bucks is my budget so the ones i'm considering are as follows...

Bosch Colt

Ridgid

Craftsman

The craftsman seems like the best deal.....and I like my full size craftsman router..........
I purchased the Colt from amazon a couple of years ago. It has served me well with no issues whatsoever. I do like Ridgid products tho...

Paul
 

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I have a colt that I bought a few years ago. I use it for one handed edge profiling. It works very well, no complaints.
Mike Hawkins;)
 
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