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Forum topic by Cole Tallerman posted 10-22-2012 08:23 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole Tallerman

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10-22-2012 08:23 PM

so, ive decided to get a Bosch router. I would like to use it in a table, but also have a plunge and normal base. When im on the Bosch website, I see 3 options. I see the plunge and fixed base 1617, the fixed and table mount 1617, and the new MRC23EVSK.

My understanding was that you can put any fixed base into a router table. What are the god things about the router table base? Will the new MRC23EVSK be good in a table?

Here is the bosch website which has the three options. http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/Pages/ItemResults.aspx?catid=1527

Thanks in advance!


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jonchilds

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 01:32 AM

I recently bought the combo kit with the fixed and plunge base. I also built a router table to put it in, but got the top from a recent sale at Rockler. I found that with the fixed base with the wooden handles connected I really couldn’t get it to fit right under the plate that came with the router table top. The handles use some star shaped screw to attach to the base. I didn’t have the proper drive to remove the handles and I figured it would be easier to just get the router table base to leave it permanently attached to the table. Also, given my history I figured I would end up losing one of the handles anyhow. I think the router table base it just the fixed base with no handles.

So I guess if I had to get one it would be the one with the plunge and fixed base and just remove the handles as needed. Since I was splurging on a new router and table I figured buying the 3rd base wouldn’t kill me.

Jon

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 02:34 AM

The most versatile would be the 1617 kit with the plunge base. Put the fixed base in the router table, use the plunge base for hand routing.

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

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 03:19 AM

I read that the MRC23 had limitations in a router table – the collet doesn’t extend far enough the table for easy bit changes. The Freud FT1700 is great for a router table and offers full above-the-table adjustments and bit changes..
The Dewalt 618 is also a great kit. I have had it for two years, and it is an extremely accurate machine. It offers baseplates that accept standard P.C. style bushings, which was an advantage for me because I frequently do inlays. Also, the Dewalt offers a low squat stance for stability when edge profiling. The Dewalt 618 plunge action has been described as “Gorgeous” by Fine Homebuilding magazine, and I agree. Nice handles too. Also Bosch has a known power switch failure problem on the1617. I was never that impressed with the 1617 kit. The first version was aluminum, and it was very difficult to separate the motor from the base.
The MRC23 is actually a huge 15 amp router. Think of it like a 3.25 hp router, despite its 2.3 hp rating.
I would handle it at a Bosch dealer before you buy it.

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Cole Tallerman

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 03:52 AM

Due to your responses, this is my shopping cart. thanks everyone!

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 12:01 PM

For $6 more, you could have a new one. That one is refurbished. Nothing wrong with it, just sayin’. I have the same router on my wish list for Christmas, and you may also want to consider the bushing/template kit.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 10-23-2012 01:32 PM

At a $6 difference I’d go for the new one as well.

Also, you may not need the extra fixed base unless you plan on using the fixed base for hand routing a lot. IIRC, the base that comes with the kit has the above the table height change feature, including the wrench.

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

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jonchilds

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 02:24 PM

Cole,

That is exaclty the combo I got. I haven’t really used it too much yet, but it is always a little reassuring when someone else does the research and comes to the same conclusion.

Jon

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TeamTurpin

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#8 posted 10-23-2012 04:24 PM

Interesting on the bases. I wonder if there is anything different between the under-table featues of the PK combo set and in the standalone RA1165 base? I’m about to buy one of these routers for used under a table and have no need for the plunge feature—unless it’s needed for under-table travel. Details on this function are few and far between.

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NiteWalker

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#9 posted 10-23-2012 04:47 PM

The under table features refer to the fixed base only.
There is no difference other than the missing wood knobs on the separate base.

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

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kizerpea

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 12:14 PM

i,ve had my 1617 for about 10years i guess…my best router…bought it from the toolcrib…before amazon took over

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