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Forum topic by oakdust posted 06-24-2009 01:22 AM 999 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2009 01:22 AM

I need help with my Bosch 2.25hp soft start model # 1617EVS. It started not wanting to turn on all the time and I treid different extension cords with no help. Now it won’t run at all, so I pulled the cover and all the connections are tight and I am getting 124 volts under the cover. It has an electronic speed control that I think my be the problem. Has anyone out there had the same problem and was it the speed control.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#1 posted 06-24-2009 01:45 AM

Hi Oakdust.

If your router isn’t a very recent model, there may be a simple fix for you. the bosch 1617 has gotten excellent reviews. The only sticking point with users was the switch. It seems that it gets clogged with dust especially when use upside down in a router table and works intermitently and then eventually not at all. It was a heck of an issue until people figured it out and started cleaning it out. I don’t know if they disassembled it or just blew it out but everyone who has one of these seems to think that now that they know it’s the issue that they periodically fix it easily. The later ones purchased do not have this issue.
I don’t know if this is the problem with your router but I’ve got one and read a lot about this issue in my online research to get one. Mine is one of the later non-switch issues so I can’t speak to exactly the process to clean it.

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 02:33 AM

Craftsman nailed it.
I have had to clean out the switch on my Bosch router several times. A little compressed air and I am good to go.


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#3 posted 06-24-2009 02:35 AM

I’ve had it two years and use it alot on a outer table. Thanks for the info I’ll see if I can figure out how to clean the switch.

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#4 posted 06-24-2009 02:36 AM

Do you have to take the cover off to clean it, and are the allen heads holding the cover down metric?

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#5 posted 06-24-2009 04:38 AM

Hey Bob
Besides the swiich it could be you need new brushes. But I would check the switch first.

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#6 posted 06-24-2009 07:25 AM

I removed the switch and blow it out with the compressor put it back in and it still would not run. But it got me to thinking so I jumped the switch and the router runs,,,all the time but it does run. I have to get a batt for mu ohm metter to test the switch out of circuit but it dosen;t look good for the little fellow. I’ll keep you updayted as what i find and the final fix. I did check the bruses and they look pretty good so I am going to leave them alone for now.’
Thanks all for the help,
Now does anyone have really good information on using mixol to make colors, I need a mixing chart on color shifting. Guess I should have paid more attention in 1st grade art class. Wonder if they would let me take the class over:_)

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#7 posted 06-24-2009 06:50 PM

If you’re using it in a table. just mount a duplex plugin on the back of the table and put a switch on the front of the table that controls the plug in for the router. That’s the way my 1617’s used. I never use the switch on the router itself unless I take it off the table to use in the plunge mode.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#8 posted 06-25-2009 03:11 AM

I replaced the switch with one I found at Ace and now it works. I like the idea of using a seperate switch

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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#9 posted 06-25-2009 05:11 PM

I have a PC plunge, 1 1/2 hp router. Had trouble with both the toggle switch and speed control. If you have more problems might look at variable speed control unit. Hope you have it fixed permanently. BTKS

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#10 posted 06-25-2009 06:30 PM

Thanks BTKS, right now it seems to be working fine. But you never know!!

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

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