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3.0 out of 5 stars Good tool, May 28, 2007
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This review is from: Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Grip 5.6 Amp 1-Horsepower Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router with Edge Guide (Tools & Home Improvement)
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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Initial post: Feb 19, 2008 3:43:04 PM PST
Thanks for the wrench tip..!!

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 1:53:54 PM PDT
Cattle Call says:
Bosch now includes a 10mm wrench with the PR20EVSK. Musta heard ya!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 4:25:58 AM PST
DJA says:
Instead of fixing the problem, they throw in a wrench. Whatever happened to "German engineering"?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 12:34:41 PM PDT
Mobetta says:
It's made in China...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 4:32:45 AM PDT
Carchop says:
Actually, they're made in Mexico ... I was checking them out at the orange colored store .... the DeWalts, and the rest are made in china so I'm going with the Bosch .... I figure the more jobs I keep in Mexico, the fewer illegals we end up with here .... too bad i couldn't find anything made here ...

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 1:00:09 PM PDT
M. Deal says:
I use a small piece of 3/4" thick wood (about the size of a nickel) Place it on the shaft locking button and then use a small bar clamp to hold the wood 'plug' in place. The thickness of the wood plug depresses the locking button. This allows easier use of the wrench to loosen or tighten the bit holder. Otherwise, trying to hold the button down with just your thumb while working the wrench is VERY difficult, awkward, and, at times painful!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2014 3:59:04 PM PST
Blake Cooper says:
I suspect "German engineering" is a myth, if automobile reliability is any indication. ;-)
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