Bosch Power Tools and Accessories, a division of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, changed the nature of small routers and "laminate trimmers" forever with the introduction of its 1.0 HP Colt™ Palm Router line, the first small routers to offer power, precision, versatility and comfort.
The new tool will launch this summer in a basic single-speed model (PR10E) and in a variable-speed router kit (PR20EVSK), followed by an installer’s kit with multiple bases (PR20EVSNK) in Fall 2005.
For installers, remodelers, deck builders, framers, contractors, carpenters, countertop and laminate fabricators, custom furniture and cabinetmakers, store fixture manufacturers and serious DIYers, the Bosch Palm Routers offer enhanced application opportunities beyond anything ever experienced from small routers. With 1.0 HP (max) output and 5.7 AMP, the PR10E and PR20EVS offer unprecedented power in their class. The PR10E powers 35,000 RPM (no load) for fast smooth routing in various materials, while the PR20EVS boasts speeds ranging from 16,000 to 35,000 RPM for materials and tasks that require speed flexibility.
Both models offer soft-start to reduce start-up torque and Constant Response™ electronics to maintain speed under load for smooth and accurate cuts and overload protection. The enhanced comfort of the Bosch Palm Routers is achieved through a specially designed ergonomic-shaped motor housing and base. Bosch-exclusive finger support pockets on the front of each tool base provide added stability. The PR20EVS also features soft-grip for even more comfort.
Standard to all Bosch fix-based routers and often copied, these new models feature the Bosch router quick-clamp system plus advanced quick macro and microfine depth adjustment systems to save time and frustration. The rugged aluminum base is durable, solid and precise. Other features include a spindle lock for easy one-wrench bit changes, self-releasing collet for ¼-inch shank bits, a durable phenolic subbase, imperial and metric fine adjustment scales, angled cord exit and externally accessible brush caps.
Bosch also offers the following optional accessories designed for the new Palm Routers:
- Durable Offset Base with quick-clamp system provides ability to rout near vertical surfaces, such as kitchen counter backsplashes, and boasts large bearings for smooth operation.
- Durable Tilt Base with quick-clamp system features quick adjustment detents for common angles and makes it possible to trim laminates at angles or adjacent to vertical surfaces
- Underscribe Attachment enables precise laminate trimming at seaming locations
- Router Guides including both traditional laminate-trimming roller guide and fence-style straight router guide
- Router Bits for the full array of applications
All new Bosch Palm Router models, including the PR10E, include a fix base, comfortable drop-forged wrench and self-releasing ¼-inch collet. The PR20EVSK kit includes the PR20EVS router, plus the fence-style straight router guide and carrying case. The PR20EVSNK kit includes PR20EVS router, offset base, tilt base, underscribe attachment, both types of guides and carrying case.