Jonathan wrote in after spotting a new Bosch Colt router on the market. Our friends at Bosch aren’t able to tell us anything about this new model yet, and so details are a little limited for now.
According to Lowes product specs, because Menards’ is too close to those of current models, the new Bosch Colt router, model GKF125CEK, looks to feature a 7A 1.25HP motor. Design-wise, things have changed a little, with the Bosch GKF125CEK Colt featuring a much smaller base clamp lever, and more ergonomic-looking grip.
The depth adjustment is overhauled as well, with Bosch calling it revolutionary and capable of easy and precise adjustment. I’m guessing that’s what the black knob on the side of the base is for.
- 7A, 1.25 HP (max) motor
- 16,000 to 35,000 RPM
- New depth adjustment design
- Wide bit capacity (up to 1-5/16″ wide)
- Fixed base
- Maintains speed under load
- Translucent round polycarbonate sub-base can be centered for guidance around templates
- LED worklight
- Soft palm grip design with finger support pockets
- Angled cord to help keep it out of the way
- Variable speed dial
(As of June 2017, the router still hasn’t launched.)
Bosch’s Colt trim router has been extremely popular since it launched years ago. There are both single-speed and variable speed models, and it’s not yet clear as to whether the same will be true of this new design.
With the current model you also have the choice between a fixed base or plunge base, and there are several kits that give you both. Again, it’s unclear as to whether that will be true with the upcoming model.
I don’t think I have ever used a Bosch Colt trim router before, but I do like Dewalt’s compact router, at least as much as I could like a trim router. I generally prefer to use full-sized routers, either my Bosch-made Craftsman router combo, or the one Festool sent over for testing a while back.
In regards to full-size routers, the Bosch 1617EVSPK ($219 via Amazon) is still among the best you can find, and I’ve had great experiences with my Craftsman version of it. My only disappointment is how I can’t get template guides for my router. I’m pretty sure it has a different base design than the Bosch-branded version. Maybe one day I’ll just get a Porter Cable router for easier and dedicated template guide compatibility.
Sorry for the digression, but we were already talking about routers.
The new Colt has successfully grabbed my attention, and I’m curious to see how “revolutionary” the depth adjustment design is.
We’re waiting for official details and info, but I don’t think that this model will replace current ones. Right now you can buy a Bosch Colt 5.6A variable speed router with edge guide for $109 via Amazon. I don’t think Bosch will replace that model with this new $139 one.