The Bosch Colt Palm Router for the longest time was really the only trim router you would see out there, people loved it so much we started seeing all sorts of customer adaptations, mini router tables and other accessories people hand built or from 3rd party manufacturer’s. A few years back Makita and Dewalt jumped into game with palm routers with plunge bases and now we even have a 18V cordless versions from Ridgid and Makita XTR01 palm router. Not to be out-done Bosch has now revamped their classic Colt with the new GKF125CE ($129) adding more power with 1.25 HP motor (up from 1.0 HP) but also more control with Soft Start and Constant Response circuitry.
There is also a Kit version GKF125CEK ($139) which adds a straight guide and a case. For more info on the new Colt check out the full Bosch Press Release below. These units should be shipping early November and should be in high demand this Christmas season. Check out all the corded Bosch Routers unfortunately no word yet on an 18V cordless router unit… fingers crossed it will happen at some point.
Bosch Press Release
Mt. Prospect, Ill., – The Bosch GKF125CE Colt 1.25 hp (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router offers a tool that puts real routing power and versatility in the palm of the user’s hand. The GKF125CE Colt delivers 1.25 hp (max) driven by a 7.0 amp motor, yet provides maximum comfort thanks to an ergonomic palm-grip design with soft-grip.
In addition to comfort, the Bosch GKF125CE Colt includes advanced electronics highlighted by variable-speed control and soft-start circuitry. Impressive power allows this Bosch Colt router to easily round-over edges and execute pattern cuts. It features advanced electronics highlighted by soft-start circuitry to reduce start-up torque and variable speed (16,000 to 35,000 rpm) for optimal speed selection. Constant Response circuitry helps maintain speed under load for consistent performance.
The router includes the rugged 360° (non-split) PR101 Bosch aluminum fixed-base housing, which enables wide bit capacity, accepting bits up to 1-5/16“ in diameter. Its revolutionary user-friendly depth-adjustment system (with both standard and metric scales) allows easy and precise depth adjustment. Its round, translucent polycarbonate sub-base can be centered for worry-free guidance along templates and other jigs. Motor removal is push-button easy thanks a release that allows users to employ the palm router on an optional plunge base that will be available in early 2018.
“The Colt GKF125CE is a small workhorse router for the user who needs professional features in a palm-size tool,” said Jim Stevens, product manager, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “This is a convenient tool to be sure, but its power is impressive. The tool brings a lot of the table for the user who’s looking for a tool that’s fast, easy to use and precise, but one that delivers on the horsepower end as well.”
Along with an enhanced ergonomic design to reduce user fatigue, this palm router delivers enhanced control to produce excellent results. The palm-grip configuration and soft-grip housing combine with a base equipped with finger-support pockets for greater stability.
The Bosch GKF125CE Colt palm router also features LED lighting to provide an enhanced view of the bit and work area. In addition, a durable shaft lock and forged wrench are included for fast, easy and comfortable bit changes. The router also includes a ball-joint cord swivel for easy cord positioning.
The Bosch GKF125CE Colt Palm Router comes with a fixed base, a 1/4 In. self-releasing collet chuck and a collet chuck wrench. The Bosch GKF125CEK Colt 1.25 hp (Max.) Palm Router Kit adds a straight-edge guide and a carrying case.