Changing bits above table with bosch 1617

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Forum topic by Cole Tallerman posted 12-15-2012 06:57 AM 2126 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cole Tallerman

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12-15-2012 06:57 AM

So when I got this router, my understanding was that with the original base, I would be able to make above table bit changes. For some reason, its not raising high enough. Any ideas? Also, my initial thinking for buying this router for my router table was that I wouldn’t need to reach under to change the height. So far it appears that to adjust the hight from above the table, i first need to go under the table to un-do the clip.

Is there anything im missing?


P.S; I’m thinking of building my own router lift

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 07:52 AM

Not above table bit changes, just above table height change once you unlock the base.

A diy lift is a nice option.

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 11:47 AM

AFAIK there are only a couple of routers that have collets that raise high enough above the table to change bits topside without special wrenches or extenders…Freud FT3000 and both Tritons. If there are others, I’m not aware of them, so someone please correct me if I’m wrong.

With the Bosch you can change the height adjustment from topside, but will need a special bent wrench to get at the collet nut from above.

Here’s what it looks like with the Freud or Tritons (they also have auto collet lock):

Here’s what you need with most others:

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