Bosch 1617 Router not starting

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Forum topic by Brian024 posted 04-07-2011 01:43 AM 5883 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2011 01:43 AM

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Has anyone had any issues with theirs not starting? I was going to do some routing and installed the bit and everything and put it back in the table and it won’t start. Before I get into more in depth trouble shooting I wanted to see if anyone else has had problems with it. I’ve had it for about 2 years so far and it gets fairly light use I guess you could say, I estimating I’ve put 40 or 50 hours on it. I’m not in dire need of it since I have the Ridgid but would like to get it up and running soon. A few things to make note of; the router was plugged into a working outlet and when I plug it in and turn on the switch, there is no humming sound (I was checking to see if the motor might be locked up).

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 01:52 AM

I seem to recall that there were some issues with the switch on those, but I thought it was on earlier models. I believe the earlier switches were not sealed properly and failed. Suggest checking with Bosch. Sorry about the problem. I have that model as well. No problems so far, though.

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 02:28 AM

Yeah the switcth is not dust sealed. I had the earlier model and when I called bosch they said thier warrenty didnt cover the switch cause it was abused because i let dust get in it i took it back to lowes and I HAVE NEVER BOUGHT ANOTHER BOSCH TOOL AND WILL NOT.

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 03:34 AM

I assume its out of warranty. What do they want for new switch?

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 04:42 PM

I have that issue sometimes on my 1617. I shop-vac out the switch then hit it with compressed air to clean the switch…seems to work. Now I have the 1617 mounted in my router table and hooked up to a rockler saftey switch so I don’t use the switch on the router any more….problem solved.

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 08:17 PM

The switch would be the problem, even blew the dust out of it. It isn’t under warranty, so I’m going to buy a new switch. The experience that I have had with Bosch it seems strange how they haven’t solved the switch problems yet, not enough that it will make me stop buying their tools though. Funny how the switch is only $4.00 and the shipping is $8.00 and that is for the slow shipping, next day shipping was in the range of $40.00! I might have to consider that mwoberr, since it just gets used in the router table.

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#6 posted 04-15-2011 04:12 PM

Well, so much for the switch being the problem. The old one was bad but after I put the new one in, it still doesn’t start.

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#7 posted 04-15-2011 06:31 PM

Long shot: I’ve had a wood chip get between one brush and the armature. Found it, removed it, motor started.



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#8 posted 04-15-2011 06:51 PM

I was going to mention check the brushes. It’s next on the list after a switch if the motor won’t start or begains to sound different. You could have a broken wire at one of the brushes. I have an old Ryobi beam saw that I thought died, turned out I needed to remove a brush and stretch the spring back out some. It works now.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 04-20-2011 07:10 PM

I just happened to be the brushes, it wasn’t the brushes themselves but one of them wasn’t touching the commutator of the armature. It may have gotten pushed back when I changed the switch, but it is alive again.

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#10 posted 04-21-2011 05:17 AM

Good to hear. I’ve got the same router and (knock on wood) haven’t had any issues yet. I’m relieved it wasn’t anything major.

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#11 posted 02-15-2012 03:01 AM

I bought this router in July and only have a couple of hours on it. Went to work on project this weekend and nothing when I turned it on. It is still under warranty, interested to see if it is the switch or not.

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#12 posted 06-30-2013 06:39 PM

Just wanted to add…it’s 2013, I bought the same router in Dec 2012, and my switch just had to be removed and cleaned. So they still haven’t fixed this. Works, but a real PITA when you have ONE piece of trim left to profile and it means 2 hrs and a trip to Lowe’s. Need #15 torx to get the case off.

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