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Forum topic by Rob posted 05-29-2013 12:31 AM 2470 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rob

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05-29-2013 12:31 AM

I split this off from my more general question about router template guides.

Bosch has the RA1126 Quick Change adapter, RA1100 Threaded adapter, and RA1125 Template Guide set. It looks like RA1125 includes RA1100 but I need to buy RA1126 in order to use any router template guides, regardless of whether they are . Is this correct? Can the Bosch templates be used on other routers, and vice-versa? And if so, do I need additional adapters for the other routers? What should I get if I think I’ll eventually get a second router specifically so I can keep the Bosch one in my router table?


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Tommy Evans

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#1 posted 05-29-2013 02:04 AM

If I remember correctly..the RA1125 set includes the RA1100 which allows you to use the standard Porter Cable threaded style template guides (bushing guides). BUT, in order to use that RA1100 you have to buy the RA1126 Quick Change Adapter. The RA1126 lets you use the Bosch bushing guide set. Why the heck the RA1126 doesn’t come with the set is beyond me. You can’t use the set without it!

It is very confusing the way Bosch did this whole packaging thing.

I ALMOST bought a new router base plate to fit my Bosch 1617 that would also accept standard PC-type and be done with it but didn’t. The cost for changing base plates on both the fixed one in the table and then for the plunge would have been more than going the Bosch way.

The Bosch Quick Change bushing guides can only be used with the Bosch router with the RA1126 Adapter.

Tommy

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 05-29-2013 02:17 AM

Rockler sells a base plate that fits the 1617, and it accepts standard porter cable style guide bushings.
The base plate is $11.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=25412&site=ROCKLER

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 05-29-2013 02:22 AM

pintodeluxe, that really might be the best way for Rob to go.

Tommy

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Rob

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#4 posted 05-30-2013 07:27 PM

Thanks for the help, guys! I’ll take a look at that replacement base plate since it’ll be a couple bucks cheaper than all the Bosch adapters. If I get it, would you recommend triimming the one side flat to match the flat edge of my plunge base? And if so, what’s the best way to trim it straight? Clamp it to the fixed base’s original plate and use a bearing bit?

One more dumb question: I suppose you need to have the base plate installed if you want to use template guides, but do you generally use a base plate in addition to the router table’s mounting plate? I removed the base plate from my fixed base when I mounted it to my router table to allow the bit to reach a little further up.

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MT_Stringer

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 08:12 PM

I just had a near miss with one of the guide bushings. I had a 1/2 inch bit in the 5/8 bushing and the bit caught one side of it. I had tied unsuccessfully to center the bit but no luck so far. Be careful.

I tried the Bosch guide bush and a generic bushing mounted in the Bosch adapter. Still a no go.
I need to do some more troubleshooting.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 05-30-2013 08:21 PM

I did what Pinto said, I tried the whole quickchange adapter, and still have it on my plunge base, but for the most part, it is not very good. I just bought a router base from rockler that accepts PC bushings.

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#7 posted 05-30-2013 08:46 PM

My story is the same as Luke’s, I tried the quick-change adapter and found it sloppy and cumbersome, so I bought the subplate from Rockler and like it much better.

-- Rex

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Rob

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#8 posted 05-30-2013 09:40 PM

Luke & Rex, thanks for the reviews of the Bosch adapters! I hadn’t considered the extra slop that all those adapters could introduce if any single piece has even slightly loose tolerances.

Mike, do you think maybe the base plate itself got off-center? Or maybe it’s the slop that Luke and Rex mentioned.

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 05-30-2013 10:33 PM

“Mike, do you think maybe the base plate itself got off-center? Or maybe it’s the slop that Luke and Rex mentioned.”
I tried to adjust the base slightly, and it helped some, but not much. :-(

I need to check into the base mentioned.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Gerald Thompson

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#10 posted 05-30-2013 11:15 PM

Google Pat Warner. He has made base plates for me and one was for using PC bushings for my Bosch. He is not expensive and produces an excellent product.

-- Jerry

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