|Review by yrob||posted 11-11-2012 12:35 AM||5541 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I recently acquired a Bosch router, the variable speed 2 1/4 hp 1617. It is day and night compared to my old Ryobi. First, it comes in a massive blue case with ample room for the router motor, fixed base and plunge base as well as accessories. It comes with the 1/4 and 1/2” collets, a set of wrenches, a manual and a special wrench to adjust the plunge base from above the table.
You can adjust the speed from 8000 to 25000 rpm by turning a dial. It is also variable speed and will ease into the cut. I used it on plywood and hardwood (maple, hickory and walnut) with straight bits and a roundover (3/8”). I was bracing for the impact as I turned it on to take the cut on the walnut with the roundover bit but the variable speed made it feel like i was not cutting. no vibration whatsoever. Its is relatively quiet, also you should probably wear ear protection anyway. Adjusting the depth of cut on the fixed base is very easy. It has a coarse which allow you to jump 1/2” at a time and a fine dial which is a knob graduated to 1/64”. Changing bits is easy. Changing the collet is equally simple. It is a three jaws collet and it grips the bits very well.
I have not yet installed it in a table (I have to build the said table…). So far, however the hand held performance is really good.