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Bosch Colt 1.25 HP Variable Speed Palm Router w/LED

Features a bigger 1-1/4 horsepower motor, plus an LED light for good visibility in dim lighting.
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This newer, more powerful version of the Bosch Colt palm router features a 1-1/4 horsepower motor and an LED light for even more versatility than the original. It has a contoured ergonomic design with a soft-grip for one-handed comfort and control. Much more than just a laminate trimmer, it's perfect for rounding the edges of deck planks and railings, hinge mortising, decorative edge forming, slot cutting, window cutouts, decorative inlays, laminate trimming and more. Soft-start circuitry makes for stress-free startups, constant response circuitry maintains speed under load. A top-mounted variable-speed dial lets you set the perfect speed for the application. The fixed base features macro and micro depth adjustments and a centerable round sub-base for easy guidance. Includes router, self-releasing collet chuck and a comfortable forged collet wrench.


  • Robust construction provides precision and performance
  • Powerful 1.25 max horsepower with soft-start and constant response circuitry
  • Groundbreaking depth-adjustment system ensures quick, precise depth adjustment
  • Rugged 360° non-split aluminum base accepts bits up to 1-5/16'' wide
  • LED lighting provides enhanced view of bit area
  • Variable speed dial adjusts from 16,000 to 35,000 rpm
  • Round translucent polycarbonate sub-base can be centered for accurate guidance along templates
  • Durable spindle lock for fast, easy bit changes
  • Finger-support pockets provide enhanced stability and control
  • Ball-joint cord swivel for easy cord positioning
  • Motor can be removed with the press of a button
  • Depth scales in both imperial and metric
(1) GKF125CEN Colt 1.25 HP (Max) Variable-Speed Palm Router
(1) PR101 Fixed Base
(1) 1/4'' Self-Releasing Collet Chuck
(1) Collet Chuck Wrench
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More Information
Brand Bosch
Manufacturer Part Number GKF125CEN
Weight 5.8500
Tech Spec
  • HP: 1.25
  • Amps: 7.0A
  • Speed Range: 16,000-35,000 RPM
  • Base Opening: 1-9/16''
  • Collet Capacity: 1/4''
  • Fixed-Base Depth Range: 1-3/16''
  • Height: 8.25''
  • Length: 4.134''
  • Width: 4.134''
  • Voltage: 120V
4.5 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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Couldn't Be More Pleased
I like everything about this router. The grip is comfortable and the finger 'pads' on the base allow for additional stability. The LED light nicely illuminates the surface to be routed. Bit changing is easy with the collet lock and wrench. Height adjustment is quick and easy. It has plenty of power to handle all the routing I've used it for.
March 28, 2020
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Christmas present.
Works great. Looking at a few accessories to supplement the basic router
December 27, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bousch router
I love it. I have 2
December 3, 2019
4 months ago
Small, but powerful router
this router is small enough to fit in m y hand easily, but powerful enough to do what I need to do. It is a great adjunct to table mounted 3 HP router since it lets me do router jobs in many cases alleviating the need to remove my larger router from the table.
November 8, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great so far thanks so much.
I can't write a review yet because I haven't had time to use the tool yet.Butwhen l do l will write a review ok.
October 25, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
runs smooth
July 21, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Powerful but easy to handle
I have been needing a trim router for quite some time but always put up with my larger hp full size router or approached with hand tools. This is very comfortable to handle, led lighting helps a lot and bit changes are easy. Use this recently to route shoulders for tenons if bread boards for oak table top. Need to put up with the dust however. A different base is an option with vac abilities but I have those accessories on by larger 1/2” 21/4 hp router. This fills a need for smaller bits and quick setups. I recommend this trimmer if you will use it often.
July 12, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great for a quick round over. Small but plenty of power.
June 29, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Helps a lot to have the led light when doing fine work
April 21, 2019
12 months ago
Bosch updated Colt 1.25 variable speed router
Love the soft start, compact size and led lights..! It is just what I needed for rounding over edges and hand held routing projects
December 13, 2018
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this?
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perfect size and power for edge work
Michael M on Nov 9, 2019
Have several other Bosch products and they are top notch. Also good price, reviews are very good, and I needed a smaller router,
Barry G on Nov 6, 2019
perfect size and power for edge work
Michael M on Nov 9, 2019
this is an upgrade of my Bosch colt that does not have LED light
John M on Nov 7, 2019
Have several other Bosch products and they are top notch. Also good price, reviews are very good, and I needed a smaller router,
Barry G on Nov 6, 2019
I do some inlay work where I think a small router will be advantages.
Henry R on Nov 6, 2019
I need a smaller hand held type router for two projects. Good experience with Bosch products, and the price was right. <br />Dan
Dan L on Nov 4, 2019
Good price, more power and simple use versus full sized routers I have.
John O on Nov 3, 2019
Great price
David H on Nov 3, 2019
I need a small router for inlay work.
Carlton H on Oct 17, 2019
Good price
T I on Oct 11, 2019
I needed a small router and I think the 1.25 hp Bosch colt fit the bill. This little guy better be ready for a workout because I’m not just trimming laminate with this little guy
Jeff J on Oct 10, 2019
2020 Tool Guide from FindWoodworking great best tool.
DARRYL B on Oct 2, 2019
Waited for it to go on sale
Scott D on Oct 2, 2019
I have several Bosch items now and like them. Needed a palm router and this one looked better than the 1hp unit on sale.
Richard M on Jul 31, 2019
Bosch is a very good brand and I received a gift certificate for Father’s Day for Rockler.<br />I wanted a more handy tool for quick touch ups of edges without setting up my router table or 3 hp hand held.
James J on Jun 21, 2019
Because I need it.
David C on Jun 9, 2019
great reviews on wood magazine
Mike A on Feb 2, 2019
Read reviews in woodworking magazines. Sounds like a nice product.
Jerry E on Jan 13, 2019
light weight and great for finishing projects
Robert V on Dec 28, 2018
Christmas gift card! Need a palm router, good reviews, great price
Peter M on Dec 28, 2018
Upgrade to a more powerful Bosch unit.
Bill on Dec 26, 2018
updated palm router.
Melissa B on Dec 3, 2018
Wanted a smaller router and this was best deal that I found.
Bruce B on Nov 26, 2018
convenient size and LED light for use with inlay work
George R on Nov 25, 2018
I wanted a hand held router for doing trim work on toys and small pieces of furniture. This has good ratings and reviews and the price was right.
Doug P on Nov 12, 2018
After looking at many customer reviews and comparisons it seemed like the best tool for the $$
Gary S on Jul 24, 2018
Brand reputation for quality
Vidal V on Jul 5, 2018
I desire more power for my CNC router.<br />I will produce a clamp to hold this router in place.
Mike David S on Jun 26, 2018
always wanted one. Used a friend's and was sold on it. Now at a great price too.
Warner R on Jun 22, 2018
I have watched many youtubes where this router is being used, so it feels like a good choice. The magazine I subscribe to has very positive feedback on this model/brand.
Hugh A. Jamieson, j on Jun 9, 2018
for small router work.
jan g on Jun 2, 2018
ben r on May 29, 2018
Ergonomic design and I have a larger Bosch router that I'm very pleased with.
Jayme J on May 10, 2018
Perfect addition to my woodshop
Michael L on Apr 29, 2018
Size and power
Joe K on Apr 28, 2018
this is an upgrade of my Bosch colt that does not have LED light
John M on Nov 7, 2019
I do some inlay work where I think a small router will be advantages.
Henry R on Nov 6, 2019
Can this model be mounted to a router table for fixed base operation?
Eric Q on Apr 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Bosch sells two tables it mounts to, and it will also fit many others with "universal" bases.
Backward compatibility - will it still work with previous version Colt bases and guides?
Nate S on May 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Bosch GKF125 1.25 H.P. Colt router uses a 3-hole base plate pattern while the previous Bosch Colt used a 4-hole rectangular pattern.

Also, Bosch is expected to release a plunge base for the new Colt in the near future. This router is not compatible with any of the existing Colt accessories
It is posible to get an user manual ?
Rodolfo T on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A downloadable manual is available at the Bosch tools website.
Will this fit the new 1.25 hp Bosch Colt. GKF125CEN?
Nathan M on Jul 20, 2018
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does this come with a plunge base?
riverbum on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This item includes the PR101 Fixed Base only.
does this router come with an edge guide as shown in the picture?
Robert h on May 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately this does not include the edge guide
what size bit shanks? what is max diameter bit that can be used?
stu h on Apr 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The collet has a maximum Capacity of 1/4''
Does it have a plunge base attachment?
D N on Dec 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I don't have one, but i do think they are available. I think it would be a good addition to the Colt. I have two other Bosch plunge routers of different horse powers so I didn't need a third one. They are all great tools.
Do you have a dust collecting attachment that fits this tool?
Dica F. M on Jun 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not for the Colt, but I do for my larger routers.
Whats the diameter for making a CNC Clamp to fix to the Machine?
Rbchristy on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I see 4 1/8" diameter on the plastic base. The diameter on the cast aluminum it attaches to is perhaps 1/16" less.
Does the Bosch GKF 125CEN accept standard guide bushings as compatible with the PC 690?
william c on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No. The diameter of the hole in the Bosch base is somewhat larger than on a PC690. I am not aware of any after market base either. A base out of plexiglas could be made to accomplish this.
Is this the same diameter as the colt 1 hp? For use in my Next Wave CNC Shark
Mike R on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea how this mounts in the Shark, but the 1HP measures about 2-31/32 diameter around the metal base while the .1.25 measures about 3-3/32 around the metal base. So the later is a bit larger.
Does this router come with a plastic case?
John J on Jun 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rockler does not currently carry this product with a case, however Bosch does offer the
GKF125CEPK, which includes a carry case.
Which plate will work with the 7/16'' Guide Bushing for the dovetail jig?
Ktemp B on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I still haven't figured how to plug it in,,,,Dont ask me!
Does this fit in the "trim router table" Item #: 43550?
Larry S on Jun 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This product does not fit the Rockler Trim Router Table out of the box.

The table is currently designed for trim routers with 4 hole mounting bases. Bosch has changed the base on this router to a 3 hole design. At this time this would require drilling new holes to mount this router.
Can an edge guide be bought separately?
Myron D on Jun 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Bosch PR102 should work. I bought one but haven’t tried it yet. It is listed as compatible.