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Bosch 1/4-in 1.25-HP Variable Speed Fixed Corded Router (Tool Only)

22 Reviews
  • Robust variable-speed palm router construction – made to provide precision and performance with a 1.25 horsepower (max) motor, advanced electronics, rugged base and proven ergonomics and reliability
  • Powerful 1.25 HP (max), 7.0 Amp motor – delivers abundant power for routing and trimming applications
  • Ground-breaking depth-adjustment system – ensures precise depth adjustment


The Bosch GKF125CE Colt variable-speed palm-grip router with 1.25 horsepower (max) lets you feel the power in your hand. This Bosch Colt Palm Router has an ergonomic palm-grip design with soft-grip to make it very comfortable to hold, making it typically more convenient to use than larger routers. But it also has ample power, with a 1.25 HP (max) rating. Far more than a laminate trimmer, it’s the ideal tool for rounding-over deck planks and railings, hinge mortising, decorative edge forming, slot cutting, window cutouts, decorative inlays, laminate trimming and more. The motor features soft-start circuitry, a variable-speed dial and Constant Response circuitry to maintain speed under load. Its PR101 fixed base features macro- and micro-fine depth adjustment and a centerable round subbase for easy guidance. The GKF125CEN Colt Palm Router package includes the router, self-releasing collet chuck and a comfortable forged collet chuck wrench.
  • Robust variable-speed palm router construction – made to provide precision and performance with a 1.25 horsepower (max) motor, advanced electronics, rugged base and proven ergonomics and reliability
  • Powerful 1.25 HP (max), 7.0 Amp motor – delivers abundant power for routing and trimming applications
  • Ground-breaking depth-adjustment system – ensures precise depth adjustment
  • Rugged 360° (non-split) aluminum base housing with wide-bit capacity — accepts bits up to 1-5/16 In. wide
  • LED lighting – provides enhanced view of bit area
  • Variable speed dial from 16,000 to 35,000 RPM – allows for accurately matching speed to workpiece and task
  • Soft-start circuitry – reduces start-up torque
  • Constant Response circuitry – monitors and maintains speed under load for consistent performance
  • Round translucent polycarbonate subbase – can be centered for worry-free guidance along templates
Weight 5.6 lbs
Dimensions 9.75 × 7.07 × 4.43 in

Latest reviews

  1. rhunt

    I’m a professional woodworker that has owned just about every type of router and base that’s out their, many of them are great machines and will get the job done…but this little baby is something special! Bosch has done a great job packing features that are useful and helpful, the like the LED light that is really beneficial and aids the user in seeing the cut. I like the form and shape it fits my hand perfectly and allows me to have a firm grip while using the tool. I like the improvements in power (1.25 hp) with a reduction in vibration over earlier 1 hp models, as well as an improved height adjustment mechanism. If your looking for a great little router stop looking and get this little beast…’s a winner!

  2. epsanto

    I actually bought the GKF125CEK which is the same router but the CEK came with a hard case and the edge guide. I bought this for some upcoming projects and have only made a couple test cuts on scrap wood while it was still in the 30 day return window. I picked up a Bosch 3/4 inch straight bit and a Bosch 3/8 inch round over bit at the same time. Read the instructions twice, once before doing anything with the router, and once to reference while installing a bit and making the depth adjustment; they were clear and easy to follow. I am impressed at the performance: easy to control, easy to manipulate, easy to move through the wood with clean, sharp cuts. All the controls are well placed and easy to use. And if it couldn’t get any better, it was on sale. I am impressed!

  3. jleebow1

    This router is in a class by itself. Powerful and totally controllable. I never liked conventional models, therefore I gravitated to 95% of my work being done with hand tools. I saw this tool and after a lot of research on it because of the way it looked, I actually picked one up and had to have it. It has a hand tool feel with the power like none other. My hat is off to the designers and engineers that came up with this! Great work guys!!

  4. DutchW

    I own many Bosch power tools, long life, accuracy, and innovation keeps them my go to as far as tools are concerned. the new 1¼hp Colt is another leap forward. the extra muscle, led lighting, and the fact that there is a plunge base available make it a great addition to my workshop. Also the fact that the plunge base has the same footprint as the 1hp version makes my jigs and plates interchangeable. Great job Bosch!

  5. WeQuick Productions

    I needed a palm router, my big routers were too big for the job. Most woodworking groups suggested the Bosch Colt. I had used a friend’s older Colt once and liked it, but found it a little tough to accurately raise and lower and wasn’t a fan is the square base. This new model solves those problems! The adjustment works much better than the older model!
    This Colt runs very smoothly with very minimal vibration and is very easy to guide level across the workpiece!

    And lastly, a huge THUMBS UP to Bosch! I was searching online for the best price and I was surprised to find that The Airmiles program had it listed and I had enough miles for three of them! … Most other companies seem to put their unsellable older products on Airmiles, but all the Bosch products listed were current models! THANKS!!!

    I have several Bosch tools and I’m confident this router will last as long as the others!

  6. Woodwrkr01

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] “This review was submitted as an entry for a review sweepstakes.” I bought this router within the past 2 years and have used it quite a lot. It has plenty of power and handles well. The LED light illuminates the work piece, making it easy to view the progress of the bit. I liked it so much, I bought another one within 6 months of getting the first one.

  7. Bstrom

    …as much as I like the Colt it could use a more controlled height adjuster. Also, photos at one retailer show the edge guide but it is an accessory. My retailer sold me one with free shipping after I pointed out the photo with it and no mention of what’s ‘in the box’. An edge guide should be included with any router…

  8. ChuckND

    Originally bought the 12v router and found it very useful but it was slightly limited for some of the jobs that I do, but only slightly.

    Got the Colt to provide that little bit of extra time/power With a good weight and ease of handling; and it works like a charm.

    Also light the LED lights.

  9. carder501

    I am a novice woodworker and have had several projects with edge profiles – I picked up this router and it has been absolutely excellent! I am pleased with the simplicity of use and the power. Happy to have it in my shop.

  10. Pineapple

    Bought 1 extra one when I got my CNC shark I’m not disappointed. That was 10 years ago and I now have to rebuild them after a lot of miles on them. If you only use them for finishing work they should last a long time.

  11. Bart02

    I have two larger routers but this little gem will be very handy for smaller jobs especially the ones away from my shop. Really feels nice in my hands and operates just as well as the many other Bosh tools I own.

  12. Bern 50

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I got this as a gift last year and have used it a lot. It has a great power to weight/size ratio and is very easy to control. Depth adjustments are easy and the soft start feature adds to the router’s safety.

  13. jaymej

    Purchased this router to replace another palm router I’d given to my son-in-law. I appreciate the feel of the grip, accessibility of the controls/adjustments and the ease with which the bits can be changed.

  14. jh94

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought this router for its small size since I work with stuff with small corners and hard to reach places. I’m happy to say it did the trick plus a lot more and would definitely recommend it to anybody!!!!

  15. BobsDogs

    Bought specifically for cutting in butterfies in natural edge slabs. Operation was smooth precise easy to guide free hand.
    The instruction sheet was very good.
    More info on attachments would be helpful

  16. Vikeseye

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] When I purchased the Palm Router I had never routed anything before. Bosh’s Variable Speed Router was so easy to use right out of the box that after a few uses I feel like a pro. Thanks Bosh!

  17. Ramrod

    I rec’d this as a Christmas gift which I asked for & I love it, so smooth, no vibration, feels very solid, easy to control, very easy to set up, I made a good choice.

  18. John retired

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Handles 3/4 and smaller bits very well. Great features on this little guy as it handles mortising great and is less cumbersome than my larger frame routers.

  19. Anonymous

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I have had this tool for a couple of years and it’s great! Powerful enough for most medium size jobs and agile enough for using on small scale projects.

  20. John 927

    Have not had a chance to use it a lot but for the times I did it is great…reallly like the variable speed, light and ease of setting depth.

  21. Woodbutcher

    [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Wasn’t expecting the power and control of this little Bad boy. Does everything I ask of it!! Definitely recommend!!

  22. Jvdb

    Easy to use, changing bits is simple. Great design even for my little hands being a female. Love this router!

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