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bosch router 1617evs router

bosch router 1617evs router

11-11-2012 12:35 AM by yrob | 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 eas...

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Great ROS

Great ROS

08-24-2012 11:12 PM by PittsburghTim | 7 comments »

I purchased this sander over six months ago and am certain that it’s the best ROS that I have ever used. It’s much easier to handle than the older Porter Cable unit that I have borrowed from my father in the past and is light years ahead of the 5” Dewalt that I own in finish, stock removal, and dust collection. It can remove material fast with the heavier grits and leaves a fine finsh as you work up to 240 or 320. The cannister filter that came with it worked very well. ...

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Older Jigsaw

Older Jigsaw

06-21-2012 03:59 AM by Bob Kollman | 23 comments »

I bought this jigsaw about 3 months ago. The model is no longer available new, but after visiting 5 stores I was able to find this older model on display. I wanted the 1590evsk, because there have been so many reviews done on this model I knew it would meet my needs. As you see in the picture I bought a couple blades to go with the saw. This guy on e=bay puts up 89 blades a week on e=bay auction and I bought all these blades for 65 bucks. I even got a blade for cutting leather and rubber. ...

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Bosch ROS10

Bosch ROS10

06-16-2012 12:37 AM by rasp | 4 comments »

I purchased this sander at Busy Bee Tools for 49.99 on sale. I thought that was a pretty good deal at the time, and I felt Bosch had a solid reputation. I had bought this sander in late summer of 2009 before attending college. We had a few at the kitchen shop I worked in, and it was my favourite over the DeWalt sanders. They had about 15-20 DeWalt ROS’ in a milk crate for parts, but nobody ever spent any time to condense the broken pieces into working sanders, so it goes. I have u...

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Bosch 1617EVSPK: a fine museum piece

Bosch 1617EVSPK: a fine museum piece

06-13-2012 10:12 AM by foleyinmaine | 20 comments »

I purchased this router set about 2 months ago and it has performed as I expect any tool with Bosch’s name on it to perform: perfectly. What I didn’t expect, is just how beautifully finished this router is. This tool belongs in art museums to represent the epitome of modern industrial design. Everything about this router, including the case it comes in, suggests that the people who designed and built it cared about it, and that makes you care about it and the work you do with it. ...

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It gets one extra star for coming back to life...

It gets one extra star for coming back to life...

05-07-2012 10:06 PM by 404 - Not Found | 4 comments »

A while ago I reviewed my Bosch Gas25 Workshop Vacuum. In a nutshell, it died prematurely. I took it to the powertool ER. Two days later their ‘Tech Guy’ (or should I say ‘Tech Buffoon’) pronounced it DoA – ‘yeah, it’s your control panel mate, uneconomical repair’. My review, as you can imagine, was not favourable. Then, by a twist of fate, like Lazarus – it returned to life. It seems it just needed a good rest. It happened lik...

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Bosch Variable Speed Orbital

Bosch Variable Speed Orbital

04-19-2012 04:15 AM by SwainCustoms | 6 comments »

To start off this is a great little orbital. I have used others in the past and have found this one to be the best, or the one that I like the most as of lately. I was at one point a really big supporter of the variable speed porter cable orbital, I was able to use them on a daily basis. At the shop we used to really beat the hell out of those sanders, but they never seemed to quite. I mean some of them did but most of the time they just kept on chugging. Only problem with the PC though is th...

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Bosch 1617EVSPK router kit

Bosch 1617EVSPK router kit

03-18-2012 11:03 PM by jpatte | 9 comments »

I bought this kit about 6 months ago and I love it. This router does everything that I expect it to do. The motor is strong enough for the tasks I ask of it. I have yet to try a panel raising bit in it but I don’t see it having trouble spinning such a large bit. Both the fixed and plunge base are very well built and the plunge action on the plunge base is smooth. Adjusting bit depth is easy and these adjustments are held tight with a good locking mechanism. In my shop the fixed ba...

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Poor quality control

Poor quality control

02-23-2012 08:27 PM by tut69 | 28 comments »

I received a Bosch Gcm12sd dual bevel glide miter saw from my lovely wife for Christmas 2011 so its about 2 months old. Up until now i’ve only used it in the “chop saw” mode with narrow materials. Recently I tried to crosscut a 1” x 12” an realized there is a problem that cant be adjusted. The blade is not parallell with the arm that moves it. As I complete a cut through a 12” board the trailing end of the blade is cutting an additional 32nd off the left ...

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Bosch fixed base router

Bosch fixed base router

01-07-2012 04:38 AM by tchaser | 4 comments »

What can I say this is a Bosch and it was worth every penny! I was doing some slab planing with a jig I built [and posted] when my Milwaukee bit the dust and self destructed. being in the middle of a project I couldn’t quit so on a holiday weekend finding a big one was out of the question. This router is rated for 15 amps with a variable speed 10000-25000 rpm’s I have used many routers and have a Dewalt, porter cable and former Milwaukee so I am use to good equip. This is ou...

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