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This very compact palm router from Bosch is ideal for not only the edging of laminates but also for edge moulding, mortising and a range of other work that would benefit from a powerful but light and easy to control router. Now supplied with a kit of accessories making this machine even more versatile.
The 600W motor means that this palm router is almost as powerful as many 1/4" routers and more powerful than many laminate trimmers. This is truly a very versatile machine, with a neat compact design (overall size 94 x 190mm high) which makes it easy to handle and control, and is especially suitable for confined areas.
The machine comes with a choice of 4 bases that are simple and quick to change to suit the job you are doing, 95 x 84mm base, 133mm round base, extended base with side handle and dust extraction outlet and a tilting base. For height adjustment of the cutter a lock lever releases the motor from the base allowing quick coarse adjustment; the micro fine adjuster dial can then be used to set height accurately. The quick clamp base means that the router can be used without the base and the spindle lock makes changing cutters easy. Fitted with a 1/4" collet, the 600W motor runs at 33,000rpm. Along with the 4 bases a side fence is also included; this fence can be adjusted horizontally as well as vertically for thinner work pieces. The router comes with a dust cowl sub-base with a 40mm outlet and guide handle with insulation cover for heavy use situations. These together with all the supplied accessories fit neatly into the carry case. This machine only accepts 1/4" collet as supplied.
|Corded or Cordless||Corded|
|Fine Height Adjuster||Standard Equipment|
|Nett Weight||1.5 kg|
|Plunge Stroke||no value|
|Spindle Lock||Standard Feature|
|Sound Power Level [Uncertainty K]||95 dB(A) [3.0 dB]|
|Sound Pressure Level [Uncertainty K]||84 dB(A) [3.0 dB]|
|Vibration Cutting Wood [Uncertainty K]||4.5 m/s² [1.5 m/s²]|
|Motor Power||600 W|
26 January 2018
Buy something else unless you understand the limitationsI got this a few years back when the kit was supplied an 8mm collet as well as the 1/4" collet. However, 8mm bits won't fit in the UK model despite the collet being supplied with the kit (back then). It is only for 1/4 inch in the UK although the continental models do both 6mm and 8mm. Bosch pretty much said "tough luck" when I complained. The depth adjustment is fiddly, time consuming and not accurate. The depth screw mechanism is a bad joke. The collet broke recently - I have ordered two more as next time it breaks I don't want to wait. If you are an experienced router user and don't need fine adjustment or have some trick for depth adjustment, it may be worthwhile. If you need to adjust depth quickly and accurately, don't even think about this. As to its longevity, I can say nothing as I use it rarely and just for one specific task which unfortunately requires accurate depth control. For me it was definitely a poor purchase.
3 December 2017
Very frustratingI’ve had this router for a number of years, and it’s been a continued disappointment. The attachments are a joke there is no way of fitting guide bushes, but the worst is you can’t trust the depth. The micro depth adjustment will wear out very quickly as metal thread wears away the aluminium cast housing. I have been only using this router when I had to and have been turning to my 1/2 router for everything else. The dust extraction attachment is a real pain to attach and then you cannot use the fence with it. A very lazily designed tool, not the first tool from Bosch that I’ve thought that of. Avoid,and I’d advise doing your research before buying other Bosch tools.
1 June 2017
Bosch GKF 600 KitPurchased this after reading all the reviews hoping that Bosch would have sorted the fine adjustment by now as the machine has been in manufacture for a number of years. However they haven't and two days of ownership and very light use saw the mechanism stop working. During these two days, the machine also seemed to lack accuracy when in use, it was then that I realised the fixed body did not align with the motor squarely, my cuts were running 0.5mm out of square on 18mm depth of cut. That was enough for me, it was boxed up and Axminster agreed to collect. A pity really as the machine has some really good features but I'll be buying a Makita now as it was a toss up between the two in the first place. Not the standard of manufacture expected of Bosch Professional Tools I'm afraid.
1 March 2017
Poor designI bought this machine a couple of years ago. At first it was ok, but pretty soon the fine adjustment wheel failed completely due to the shallow half thread in the aluminium casting. As a result, setting accurate depths is nigh on impossible. Add to this the lack of variable speed, poor visability of the cutter in use, and no way (as far as I can see ) of attaching guide bushes, I would never buy another one. I would spend the extra cost on the Makita version .
4 April 2016
fantasticA fantastic wee tool, even for miniature work. Was just able to do something I've been trying to get right for years... in minutes! Very glad to have bought it.