Bosch 23EVP Plunge Base issues

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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 04-02-2017 11:59 AM 370 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2017 11:59 AM

I posted this over at router forums but have received only a handful of views. Decided to post here because LJ’s gets quite a bit more traffic than Router forums.

I’m on my second Bosch 23EVP (just the router and plunge base) and Im of course having issues with it and it hasn’t even been plugged in yet. Im thinking must have received a bad lot of routers from Bosch that slipped through their quality control. The first one I received had a very noticeable give or slop in the non adjusting side of the plunge base shaft (right shaft). I estimated that with the plunge mechanism locked tight, the right side had about 1/32” – 1/16” give up and down on the shaft. This was of course unacceptable so back it went. Well, I just got my 2nd 23EVP router today and it too has the same problem but not quite as bad. Im guessing it has maybe 1/64” of slop up and down on the right shaft while the left shaft is in the locked position. Here is what I want to try. The right side shaft with the slop does have a cover on top of it held in place by 4 screws. Im half tempted to take the cover off and peak inside the shaft mechanism to see if there is any adjustment inside where I could take out the slop. I really need this router now, but I wont settle for a router that is not going to give me 100% accurate cuts every time. Has anyone experienced this issue? Has anyone taken the cover of their right side non adjusting side shaft to maybe adjust the slop out of their shaft? Just curious if this is even possible.

The one reply I got:

Most plungers have the same problem. But not the DW 621 & 625’s. When it’s locked, you have the slop? Nevertheless, routers are still in the dark ages. No high teck maneuvers for this; never would occur with machine (metal working) tool.

This is a first for me. I had never heard that most plunge base routers suffered from this problem? Is this FAKE NEWS? Anyone have any advice to my problem above?


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#1 posted 04-02-2017 12:11 PM

Scott, it sounds like uou have one of a few that may have been missed by Bosch’s QA. I have PC, Makita & Milwaukee plunge routers and none have slop on the non locking column. As to the post you received on whatever router forum you originally posted, someone is is in the dark ages, but it’s not today’s router manufacturers!

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#2 posted 04-03-2017 02:47 AM

I may not be the only one with the wobble/flex to the trigger side shaft column. I read a few reviews over on amazon saying basically the same thing I did. Does anyone have this router and hows your trigger side shaft when the locking side( left) is locked?


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#3 posted 04-03-2017 03:07 AM

I would wager to say 1/64” is within specs. You’ll need to test the router with the most exacting task you plan to use it for.

For me that is routing inlays. If it performs the task well, then it’s a good tool.

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