plunge base router safety question

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Forum topic by poser516 posted 07-30-2008 04:57 AM 966 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-30-2008 04:57 AM

Hey everyone,
another question.

So far you have all been very helpful, and I thank you.

I am currently running a bosch 1617evs router with the ra1166 plunge base.

this is the first router I have ever owned or used, and I have been using it for about a month doing some serious routing, if you know what I mean. the thing is diesel!

I am currently using a 2 inch double flute bit, which sits right at the bottom of the plate when I am totally unplunged. I would also like to be able to use a 2.5 inch bit but it won’t fit because the plunge base is too short and with the 2.5 inch bit in it sticks out of the plate a half an inch.

I was wondering:
is it unsafe or ignorant to put the router into the plunge base and not put it all of the way down until it won’t go any further? it sort of locks into place when I raise it up a little bit. If it’s safe to use the router in the plunge base with it locked into place up a half an inch, I will be able to use the 2.5 inch bit and dig deeper into my project.

is this an ok thing to do? I have read the owners manual several times but it doesn’t talk about doing or not doing this.

What do you think, experts?

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 05:32 AM

It can be done, but not recommended especially with a 2.5” bit. Better idea is to mount a spacer onto the bottom of the router. Just a guess, since I don’t know exactly what you are trying to do. Sounds like a nice peice of 1/2 in. maple might just do the trick. Note: any hardware store will have the longer screws you will need to extend the base.

Good luck, Bob Allen

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 06:03 AM

I wuz thinking the same thing but I am also wondering what in the world you need to rout a 2 1/2” slot for? Just curious. Seems like a job for a dado blade or something.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 06:30 AM

i am making a surfboard and im hollowing it out. a router does it perfectly. what is a dado blade?

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#4 posted 08-06-2008 04:58 AM

sorry poser, i was on vacation.

I guess now that i see what you are doing a router is “perfect”

A dado blade is a saw blade designed to cut out thick slots in a single pass.


-- Scott - Chico California

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