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What you should know before you buy a bosch palm woodworking router

Updated on March 3, 2016

Bosch Colt Palm Router

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Rare thinking people like us, understand woodworkers need good power tools. Circular saws, jigsaws, electric drills, orbital sanders, table saws, compound miter saws and wood routers, are but a few of the most important woodworking tools a woodworker, handyman and craftsman simply must have. We are all aware, power saws are necessary woodworking tools to make accurate, rip cuts, crosscuts and miter cuts on everything from sheets of plywood, to hardwood trim and crown molding. Orbital sanders work great to sand flat surfaces smooth before finishing, electric drills; well they simply drill holes we use to join things together, mix thin set, or drive screws. Let me ask you, how many times have you thought about what a wood router will do for your woodworking projects? What you should know about a woodworking router will make it one of the most useful woodworking tools you own.

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

For the most part, woodworkers are the neighborhood craftsman, handyman, or for many of us simply a retired person’s hobby. One thing we all have in common, we are a frugal lot. Not to be confused with cheep skates, however, there are those amongst us whom are. We generally will not waste or want to waste time or precious resources on things that do not poll their own weight, or have some perceived value to us. We do however, take pride in knowing how to get the most out of all the woodworking tools we have, and the woodworking projects we use them to build. Woodworking routers will soon become one of the woodworking tools you will rely on to perform otherwise, frustratingly difficult woodworking chores.

Woodworking routers are available in a wide array of styles and sizes; however, they are all the same basic design. The electric motor is the heart and sole of any router. Ranging in size from the small trim or palm routers fixed and plunge base routers, to the largest CNC routers. The router motor design incorporates the use of a router base, which adds stability and control to the tool.

In addition to the router motor, router bits attach to the motor shaft by using different sized collets. Where the specified size and shape router bit, removes unwanted material and leaves the desired profile, and finished edge.

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Small Trim or Palm Woodworking Router

The small hand-held palm router’s compact and lightweight size, lends itself rather nicely as a high-speed cutting tool, perfectly suited for cutting holes in drywall, paneling or thin plywood, when installing electrical switches, light fixtures and receptacle boxes. The Buffalo tool TRIMBX at Amazon for instance, only cost around $30, for the money are easily set-up for these types of cutting and trimming jobs, or cutting mortises for interior door locksets and hinges.

Woodworkers, who simply must have the very best palm router, will be happy to find what you are looking for in the Bosch PRV20EVSK Colt palm grip router. The Bosch Colt uses, a variable speed electronically controlled, 5.7amp one horsepower motor with soft start feature. Which makes the Bosch Colt palm router a pleasure to use and easy to control.

The electronically controlled motor is much like the cruse control in your car, when the work gets a bit tougher the electronic control circuitry senses the router bit needs a bit more power, and Walla, it automatically adjusts. With all this power in such a small router, it could be a bit of a handful to start, if it were not for the soft start feature. Liken it to driving muscle cars, taking off by mashing the gas pedal to the floor will make for a bit of excitement, and possibly the soiling of ones trousers. While on the other hand, gently pushing the gas pedal to get the muscle car moving slowly makes it less likely the operator will experience any loss of control.

You can pick-up yourself one of these industries finest, easy to hold in your hand routers, for around $115 on line at Amazon.

What makes the small palm routers a must have for any woodworker, is there compact size makes them the ideal woodworking tool to use when mortising for a door hinge, lockset or using a round over router bit. They are easy to manipulate around tight corners, are much easier to use in small places, making small routers not only fun to use, but a safe and easy way to get frustrating and otherwise difficult woodworking projects done right.

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Medium 1hp-3hp fixed or plunge base router

For a lot of Woodworkers, Craftsman, Handyman, and remodelers, this is the first woodworking router they purchase. The additional horsepower of these medium sized woodworking routers, pretty much make them like the ole full sized Ford or Chevy pick-up truck.

Which is to say, a lot of the time they are either to big for a particular task or simply too small. Look at it this way, using your ole ford pick-up to run to the local hardware store just for a bottle of wood glue, trimming laminate counter tops the 2hp woodworking router is more router than you really need for the job. On the other hand, cutting raised panels out of a hardwood like let us say Cherry, for kitchen cabinet doors, a 2hp woodworking router is a bit underpowered.

Even though they may not be the best choice for every woodworking project, the medium 1hp-2 1/2hp routers are capable of doing these and many other woodworking projects. If you can only have one woodworking router this is the size that provides the most flexibility.

Festool OF 1400 EQ Plunge Router

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Fixed base woodworking router

The fixed base router is the ideal woodworking tool, when a woodworker needs to make repetitive cuts such as, decorative edges on a table top, rabbits for installing the back on a bookcase, dados for a wood shelf, or cutting slots, bead and edge moldings.

1hp, 2hp and 3hp Fixed base routers are the heart and sole of a router table. Something you might want to keep in mind, small router bits run at high RPM’s, say 25,000 or as much as 30,000 RPM’s depending on the material. Whereas larger router bits run at lower RPM’s, 10,000, or 12,000 RPM’s depending on how large the router bits are. Variable speed router motors are therefore, the best choice for woodworkers that plan to use a large raised panel router bit, when making kitchen cabinet doors, and turn around and set-up using a 1/4in flush cut router bit for the next woodworking project.

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Plunge base woodworking router

Plunge routers use the same electric motor, collets and router bits as the fixed base router. The only difference, between the two types of routers is the bases. The plunge base moves up and down, which makes it much easier to adjust the cutting depth of the router bit when the need arises, without the need of any other tools.

With the plunge router base locked in the up position, the router bit is above the base plate. Making it easy for the woodworker to center the router bit over the spot on the work piece where the cut needs to begin. Start the router motor and plunge the router bit into the work piece, make the cut and raise the router bit out of the material once the cut is completed.

Kreg Router Table

What you should know before you buy a palm woodworking router

Small cnc woodworking router

Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) routers, are easily controlled by today’s woodworkers PC loaded with a special software package that controls the router motor’s movement, and the cutting tool plunge depth, small table top models are used by woodworkers to make wood signs, and two dimensional carvings. You can get a CarveWright No1 Woodworking System on line from Amazon and join in on all the fun for around $1700 or, if you would like, check out the Rockler CNC Shark Routing System, for around $2600, also available on line at Amazon.

Have fun with all your woodworking project plans. Mike

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    • CYBERSUPE profile image


      8 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Hi Teddletonmr,

      Great advice on Bosch Routers, thank You. Do have a great day and God Bless!


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