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ADHDan

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I have the Bosch 1617 (fixed base) mounted in my Bosch router table. Based on many reviews, it appears this router model has a major problem with sawdust getting inside the on/off switch and damaging it. In order to prevent this, I used duct tape to secure some thick plastic wrap over the switch. Is there any reason this is a bad idea? It seems relatively airtight, I’m just not sure if this could conceivably cause damage to the router.

I also try to leave the router always on and use my table switch for power control, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try to dust-seal it as well.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.


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#1 posted 697 days ago

I’ve had an EVS 1617 for nearly 5 years and haven’t had a problem. What you’re doing can’t hurt. I have had issues with dust in my jointer switch, so I blew it out and left it open. No further problem.

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 697 days ago

I have 4 of these Bosch routers and have had no problems with the switches. I agree with fussy that coving the switch won’t harm anything. BTW the finish on the motor casing on one of my routers has oxydized. Don’t know why, as the others are fine (???)

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 697 days ago

It’s heartening to hear that none of your routers have had issues. I’m just basing my concern on the numerous Amazon reviews citing the power switch problem. Very glad to know my makeshift solution at least won’t hurt my router. Thanks!

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#4 posted 697 days ago

IIRC the switch problem was fixed a while ago. A lemon still slips through, but all in all, the 1617 is a great router. The smoothest I’ve used.

If the switch does quit on you, compressed air has been known to fix it. Using an auxiliary table switch helps a lot too.

@MonteCristo; the original 1617’s had a magnesium body that corroded; this is probably what you’re experiencing. Bosch recalled the early 1617’s and replaced the housing with aluminum. Call bosch; they will make it right.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 697 days ago

Bosch is aware of the switch problem on the router and will send you a new switch for nothing. I have two 1617s one that does have the problematic switch. It actually is not at all difficult to clean out the sawdust, and can be done in about 15 minutes. You will need a torx head screw driver to take the top cover off, and a flat head screw driver (a small one) to pry the switch apart. Be very careful with this as there are several small parts including a spring that is easily lost.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog: http://sawdustnewbie.com

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#6 posted 696 days ago

Thanks for the info NiteWalker ! I thought there must be something that had changed . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 695 days ago

Thanks NiteWalker. I knew that at some point they switched from magnesium to aluminum, but I did not know that they fixed the power switch issue. I should be fine, I’m going to leave the plastic wrap over the switch just to be safe. Might as well; it doesn’t cause any hassle, since the router (a) is dedicated in the table, so I rarely take it out, and (b) is almost always left in the on position.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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