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Does anyone know if the Katsu/Makita knock off plunge bases will fit the bosch GKF600 router? They are about half the price so would be a nice little saving if so.

If not, I am trying to decide whether to sell the GKF600 and buy a full katsu kit instead?


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A Quick look and the TE600 is £60 , I like my Makita rt0700cx (well I have 2), and there gvfm

https://www.screwfix.com/p/makita-rt070 ... 240v/10140

the next one up with all the bases is £200 ish

http://www.toolstop.co.uk/makita-rt0700 ... -24-p40025


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Having had a GKF600 in the past I can say that no, it won't fit in the RT0700/Katsu base I'm afraid.

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Job and Knock wrote:
Having had a GKF600 in the past I can say that no, it won't fit in the RT0700/Katsu base I'm afraid.


Appreciate the response. Now to decide what to do :scratch:


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Had mine about 10 months now. I have both, and they are both in 110 volts, too. Overall the Katsu isn't as polished as the Makita, but all the bases are interchangeable. In use there is little difference (there are minor things such as the Makita using tougher phenolic sub-bases than the Katsu's acrylic plastic ones) although I suspect that the Makita may well last a little longer. The price difference makes the Katsu an absolute bargain for a DIYer or as a second tool for a tradesman IMHO. If you are anywhere near Manchester, where I'm currently working, I could arrange a demo or a loan if you're interested

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Thanks for the offer but I am down in darkest Devon. Very useful information you have posted there.

My current thought is this. I have got a brand new Bosch but don't have the plunge base. I would like a full kit for the projects I plan to do. Bosch plunge base is £60ish.
What I could do though is sell the Bosch, I should be able to get approx £100 for it, and for about that kind of money I think I can buy a Katsu router and the complete kit of accessories. From my research so far it seems that the Katsu will take a wider range of collet sizes and there are more accessories and cheaper spares if something goes wrong. For instance if the Bosch craps out, it will cost me about £80 to replace the main motor body, the katsu is only £35.
I personally think it might be better in the long run to go for the Katsu, but I am quite happy for someone to tell me I am an idiot and should stick with the Bosch. :lol:


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Rorschach wrote:
What I could do though is sell the Bosch, I should be able to get approx £100 for it, and for about that kind of money I think I can buy a Katsu router and the complete kit of accessories. From my research so far it seems that the Katsu will take a wider range of collet sizes and there are more accessories and cheaper spares if something goes wrong.

Sounds like a plan. As it happens the GKF600 in the UK shares the same motor armature shaft as the US model - and that means it is restricted to a 1/4in collet. Oddly enough the mainland Europe version has a larger cone machined in its' armature shaft and will accommodate 8mm collets. Not available here, however. On the other hand both the Katsu and RT0700 will take 6mm, 1/4in (6.35mm) and 8mm collets as well as a 3/8in collet (good luck finding cutters with a 3/8in shank, though).

A while back I half wrote a review of the Katsu and RT0700 (but never finished it), so maybe over the next month or so I should finish it. The user manual for the Makita model is here and might be useful reading for you. Also worth perusing this review on YouTube

I suppose one thing to highlight is that if you want to use guide bushes then forget the Makita ones and instead go for Makita P-C guide bush adaptor and purchase either the Axminster guide bush set or Trend P-C compatible guide bushes to fit (Trend do 16 and 30mm, the Ax. set is 10,12,14,16,18,20,24 and 30mm. That's if, like me you are metricated - for Imperial sizes Silverline do a cheap as chips set in brass. These same guide bushes fit the fixed base directly. There's also a chap on eBay who sells a guide bush adaptor which is designed for the RP1110C and RP21801/2301 routers but which will allow you to use Elu MOF96/Trend type guide bushes (plunge base only, however). The plunge base will take 8mm fence rods and the fine adjuster fences from the Makita RP1110, Bosch GOF900/1300, Elu MOF96/OF97, deWalt DW613/615/621/622, Trend T5, etc will all fit it. Also worth mentioning that as yet nobody is doing a fine depth adjuster for the plunge base - unless you feel inclined to make your own. TBH, though, I haven't found it a hinderance as the turret and threaded standard adjuster work well - just mentioning it for the sake of completeness

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Superb info again! :thumbleft:

The collet thing was actually one of the main reasons (after cost) that I fancied a Makita/Clone. While I know 1/4" bits are very easy to get, I have got a couple of 6mm bits I have had as freebies and I have seen 6mm, 1/4", 8mm and (possibly) 3/8" shank router bits at the car boot. Having the flexibility to use 4 sizes rather than just 1 is very appealing, as is the fact that a complete set of collets for the Makita is only £6 whereas bosch collets are £16 and I have seen reports online that the collets are prone to failure.


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Well I made my decision, I'm gonna sell the Bosch. In theory after ebay fees and postage I should have enough to buy a complete Katsu kit and probably a few cutters too.


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