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

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  • Variable-speed palm-grip router kit; soft-start and quick-lock systems
  • 5.6 amp motor with 15,000 - 35,000 rpm; depth adjustment system and finger support pockets
  • Aluminum construction and soft-grip
  • Includes palm router, drop-forged collet and shaft wrenches, collet, fixed base, straight-edge guide, case
  • 11.8 pounds; 1-year warranty
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Dimensions 8 inches x 15 inches x 13 inches 7.3 inches x 5.6 inches x 11.5 inches 19.25 inches x 7 inches x 10.25 inches 0 inches x 0 inches x 0 inches
Item Package Weight 8.25 pounds 5.6 pounds 10.35 pounds 11.5 pounds
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Special Features fixed-base compact plunge fixed-base
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The Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Variable Speed Router with Edge Guide is a versatile tool that's ideal for performing custom carpentry, trimming laminate flooring or deck planks, mortising hinges, dovetailing, and a host of other at-home and professional jobs. This router packs big power in a small, compact package for extended comfort and maximum accuracy.

The PR20EVSK Colt Variable Speed Router with Edge Guide offers:
  • Highest horsepower rating in its class.
  • Variable speed of 16,000 to 35,000 RPM
  • Constant-Response Circuitry to maintain speed under load.


Includes router, guide, case, base, collets, and shaft wrenches. View larger.


Rubber over-molded grip allows for stable, one-handed operation. View larger.
Powerful Motor, Variable Speed, and Depth Adjustment for Precise Results
The PR20EVSK owes its robust performance to a 1.0-horsepower (the highest rating for small routers), 5.6-amp motor that spins at a variable speed of 16,000 to 35,000 RPM and has a soft-start that reduces startup torque. Additionally, depth adjustment is simple with the PR20EVSK: just align and lower the motor and then lock the router in position with the clamping level. Micro-fine adjustments are equally effortless thanks to the wheel on the back of the router's base.

To help you match the correct speed to the job, the included instruction manual features a chart showing the speed of each dial position, along with a list of the routing tasks that each setting may be used for.

User-Friendly Features for Flexibility, Comfort, and Reliability
This user-friendly tool offers simple, straightforward operation. First, the collect accepts standard 1/4-inch bits to give you job flexibility, with an impressive maximum diameter of 1-5/16 inch. For added convenience, a front spindle lock on the motor means easy, one-wrench bit changes, but a shaft wrench is also included for those who prefer to use two wrenches.

In addition, the speed dial is conveniently mounted on top of the tool body for easy access. An added bonus, the motor housing has a palm-shaped, rubber over-molded grip that allows for stable, one-handed operation. Finally, weighing about three pounds, the PR20EVSK offers a surprisingly rugged aluminum fixed base that's durable, solid, and reliable.

Constant Response Circuitry for Stable Motor Speed
This model includes Bosch's "Constant Response" circuitry, which monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance and overload protection. Constant Response works by detecting tough loads and then increasing power to maintain the selected RPM. Working with stable speed lets you concentrate on controlling the router, so you'll always make clean, burn-free cuts.

Additionally, a quick-clamp system allows the motor to be easily adjusted and moved from base to base. For further convenience, an angled cord exit keeps the router's cord safely out of your work area.

The PR20EVSK comes with a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box
Router, straight edge guide, carrying case, fixed base, 1/4-inch self-releasing collet, drop-forged collet, shaft wrenches, and instruction manual.


From the Manufacturer

With its compact size and spirited performance, the 1.0 HP Colt Palm Router from Bosch is a very versatile tool. It's not just a laminate trimmer, but is ideal for trimming deck planks, hinge mortising, edge forming, slot cutting, dovetailing, window cutouts and decorative inlays. The PR20EVSK Variable-speed Colt Kit has a palm-grip design with Soft Grip to make it the most comfortable router in its class, yet it also has enough power to do the job and is more comfortable and easy to use than larger routers. The Softstart reduces start-up torque while the Bosch Constant Response Circuitry monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance and overload protection. Easily move the motor from base to base with the Quick-clamp System to work on other areas of your project. A convenient Front Spindle Lock on the motor was designed for easy, one-wrench bit changes and a shaft wrench is also included for those who prefer to use two wrenches to change bits. Bosch even covered the small details by angling the cord to help keep it out of the way. The contents of this kit make it ideal for all router users.

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Technical Details

Part Number PR20EVSK
Item Weight 8.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 15 x 13 x 8 inches
Item model number PR20EVSK
Color Blue
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Wattage 750 watts
Horsepower 1 HP
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features fixed-base
Batteries Included? No
Warranty Description 1 Year Repair or Replacement of Parts

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ASIN B000ANQHTA
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 362 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,647 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#6 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Routers
#438 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 8.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available July 2, 2004

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I already own three other "full size" routers so this little router is quite a pleasant surprise to use. It is light weight and very solid; hinge-mortising, edge-triming, and rounding-over are a breeze. I also bought the round subbase so that it can be used with my Porter-Cable templet guide set and it works out quite nicely. So why is only 3-stars? As mentioned by other reviewers, the "Shaft-Locking Button" does not hold and needs to be redesigned. It was the most frustrated thing that I ever dealed with; installing bit is no problem but removing bit was an entirely different story. The button just would not lock tight enough and kept slipping! After sore thumbs and bruised knuckles, I saw in the manual (page 7) suggesting to use a "thin" 10mm wrench as an alternative to the shaft locking button . Out of frustration I took one 10mm wrench from my inexpensive wrench set, grinded it a bit thinner so that it would fit on the flats of the spindle. Now I can easily install or remove bits using two wrenches. BOSCH either needs to redesign the shaft locking button or supply an additional $2.00 wrench!
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I have used the Colt in my furniture business and found it to be of the best quaility. Problems I have read about in some of the reveiws were found to be non-existent. They arise from operator error in use. Example, the chuck and bit are indeed 90 degrees to the base when mounted, however, if you do not twist the motor into the lock position after setting the height and lock it, it will be off by approx. 1 degree.

As with many tools out today, the manufactors have a reason for suppling instructions for use. Small procedures left out in operation which result in poor results are often blamed on the tool.

Like the old saying goes, " If you make it idiot proof, they just make a better idiot." Buy this tool and you can not go wrong when it is used for what it was intended.
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I have been using my new Colt router for a month now and it is a wonderful addition to my shop. I have a large bench mounted router, but this tool is now being used more often than the more powerful cousin. It is so easy to route edges, especailly for rounding over or using the flush cut router bit. Put the box or other item you want to rout on a pad made for holding the work and just cut away. The Colt is very easy to control.

Making hinge morteses is a snap because the router doesn't grab or try to move off track. You can use the edge guide to help you make the mortese straight. All of the cutting so far has been in red oak and oak vineer plywood. It performs well in both.

The bits are easy to change, and the depth is easy to set. A well thought out tool and well worth the price. I use it all the time in my shop now. I wouldn't be without it.

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I've owned this router for about 6 months. I bought it because of the stellar reviews, and I wanted to supplement my Porter Cable laminate trimmer. For fun, I bought the whole kit.

Here's what I like:
1. The soft start feature is nice, and I like having variable speed.
2. The router is comfortable to hold.
3. Cutting depth adjustments (once you figure it out-see below) are easy and accurate (especially compared to the PC laminate trimmer.
4. The router has enough oomph to do what I need it to do. It's not a full sized router nor do I expect it to behave like one.

What I don't (didn't) like, and what I did to make it work for me:
1. The spindle lock is, well, not very good. It's very difficult to hold the lock in place while loosening the collet. Using a small wrench to hold the spindle is the way to go (see other posts).
2. The base locking mechanism didn't seem to work at first...the depth of cut kept slipping. Then I noticed you need to twist the router in its base into the locked position (marked on the housing). If you do this, the depth does not slip.
3. Inserting the router motor in the base is a pain. The small pin in the base needs to align with the slot in the motor housing. The action of installing the motor in the base seems "wrong"...it's not a smooth action and feels like it needs to be forced. By adjusting the locking lever (loosen it) and by paying attention to the locations of pin and slot, I'm almost used to the operation. Maybe after another 100 or so insertions it will be smoother.
4. The square base that comes with the router is too small and it won't take a routing collar. Spend the $10 on the round base...it makes using the router much more pleasant.
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I bought this little router a couple of months ago and it is very convenient. I just routed some edges on some drawers and it is all very easy and less cumbersome with this tool...almost to the point that I use it when I shouldn't. I routed the edges with the drawers still in the slides. I wish there was an option to get a longer length fence. Keep in mind that the max size bit I have fit into this thing is a 1/2" roundover bit, so it is not a replacement for a "real" router, but I am very glad I bought it.
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Our remodel company has two of these routers and were VERY excited when it came out. The bosch orbital & belt sanders are real work horses with the best jigsaw on the market hands down! Weren't we surprised when this tool started having problems and the Bosh rep just kept replacing it

The first problem and still never resolved was also mentioned by R. Lock "elak57" on an Aprils 20, 2006 review. It has to do with not having the bit perfectly 90deg to the base. Very important for morticing with a guide - the bit kept hitting the guide and took a lot of fussing to work.

Second to go out was the stop lock for the bit change . It just kept slipping making loosing the bit a bear. Dangerously I would just not tighten it down so much so I could get it out later. We got a new tool and have not had this problem yet but the new too...

Third started running erratically. It seamed there was a short at the speed control or at the supply coming into the tool? Sent it back.

Fourth the box is the same size as the jigsaw box. Great right, lots of extra storage, bits and bases. Sure if the router would fit with a bit in it!!! You have to reset the base to its lowest position to fit. And in a hurry I grabbed the wrong box (not really the fault of bosch. dough.)

I LOVE the feel and power of this tool, it has done miles of round overs and freehand mortices but I will go back to my porter cable because this tool has cost so much more in wasted time than 10 porter cable trim routers and the last one we had is 2 years and going.
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