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I am planning to upgrade my table mounted router. I need to increase the horsepower for larger panel raising bits. I am looking at the
Bosch 1617EVSTB Router Package. I am wondering if any of you have experience with this one. I like the fact that it comes with its own base to raise and lower from the table top. This seems as if it would save a lot of $$$$. I have been a huge fan of Porter Cable over the last few years, but I understand that the 2 1/4 horse now comes with plastic gears to raise and lover the motor…..this does not sound that it bodes well for longevity and precision. Any advice is appreciated.


-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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#1 posted 845 days ago

The 1617 is certainly capable of doing some raised panels, but if you’re going to buy for a router for large panel bits, I’d go bigger…15 amp (3-1/4hp). There are lots of excellent choices….Milwaukee 5625, PC7518, Bosch 1619, Freud FT3000, Triton, Makita 3612, Hitachi M12V2. (the FT3000 and Triton both offer a full compliment of topside features that the others don’t offer….no need for a lift, and easy one handed topside bit changes with no special wrenches).

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#2 posted 845 days ago

I have the Bosch 1617EVSPK purchased from Lowe’s. So far it has worked great in both bases. A word of warning. The base plates are a different bolt pattern. I had a hard time finding a router plate that would work. The Rockler Group “A” plate works with the fixed base, which I have under a sheet of melamine. But the plate won’t fit the plunge base.

Also, if your router doesn’t come with it you will need two adapters in order for you Porter Cable style router templates to mount properly. RA1100 and the quick change adapter. Or buy the Bosch set. You still need the quick change adapter to make it all work.

Good luck.
I haven’t tried any raised panels.

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#3 posted 845 days ago

Thanks for the info…guys! I was totally unaware of the Freud and Triton routers. I have done some research now on both of them and that is most likely the way I will go…..probably Freud…although the cost is quite bit more. Thank you for the information.

-- RTex, Wood Wranglin' Cowboy

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