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Forum topic by Cato posted 11-07-2010 01:24 AM 4081 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2010 01:24 AM

As I attempt some more accurate and different types of wworking from what I have tackled in the past, I have been thinking a router table and dedicated router would offer a lot of capability.

Looked at a lot of both, and finally decided to get these yesterday.

Bosch 1617EVS w/ case, bases, and a key that will allow above table bit depth adjustment.

Also needed the table to put it in so got this too

I think these two will be a nice shop addition and see a lot of use. Didn’t take a pic of the Avanti dado set I got as well, but it should work in tandem with the router table for me to try my hand at a few mortise and tenons as well as a lot of other things that would be very hard without the router table.

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 01:31 AM

You … I say … YOU done good.

Many happy hours ahead, for you, methinks :-)

Tough to choose, any more—Triton, Milwaukee, Bosch, P-C. We live in a time with lots of excellent choices.

And you found one of them !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 01:45 AM

I’ve got the same router and a table mounted to the same Delta saw. It’s a solid combo that’ll serve you well.
I bought the router used though and never had the above table wrench. I’d be really curious to hear how well that works for you once you get to using it.

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 02:42 AM


That plunge base is solid. It has no play (unlike many others) I love my Bosch.

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 01:22 PM

Neil- I looked hard at the Milwaukee you have, real hard, and that is a big boy of routers. Almost got it, but there is quite a price spread from the 2.25 models to the 3+hp models and I think if I needed it this Bosch could easily serve me as a handheld as well.

Jon- the key is just a hex wrench key with a T handle. I’m sure you could find one pretty easy if needed.

Mcase- I have always just had my PC 690 on plunge and it has served well, but glad to hear that it is good on this Bosch as well. As I mentioned to Neil, if needed it can come out and play in the plunge base.

Thanks guys, always stoked to get some new toys to play with and some of Neil’s recent projects have gotten me inspired to try some more challenging joinery.


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#5 posted 11-07-2010 02:07 PM

i have he same once since a few weeks for my router table, i absolutely love it! though i have 3 dedicated plunge routers aswell, i use this one in the plunge base whenever i can. i remove it from the base or table to change the bits, it’s just more easy and fast. and i do the height adjustment from under the table, you need to unlock the base from underneath to do the adjustment anyway.
it’s verry smooth, quite silent and powerfull. and in the plunge base i feel it is somehow superior to the dedicated Bosch plunge routers. the problem is that the template guide needs to be centered, so i just use my other routers for that.

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 02:14 PM

Cato, you ain’t going to believe this but my Bosh plunge router played out in my shop yesterday and I can’t get along without a router so I jumped in my truck and went to Lowes and I bought that very same set. I will send the other off for repair so that I will have two. What make router table is that?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 03:09 PM

You’re going to enjoy having a dedicated router. The Bosch is a nice tool.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 03:44 PM

helluvawreck- the router table is the same Bosch table they carry in Lowe’s as well. Kind of a starter table for me, until I get my legs under me with using a router table. The model is a RA1171.

Kind of small but then again it was on sale and it’s enclosed and it should suffice to get me going.

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 06:37 PM

Be aware that routers are the antithesis of immortality. While the immortals say, “There can be only one,” the opposite is true of routers – there can never be only one. ;-)

Although most of my routers are PCs, your Bosch is a good choice, too.

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