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DalyArcher

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05-04-2015 02:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router

I have done a bunch of work on a friends house and he has generously offered to buy me a new router as a thank you. I need to replace the Skil classic plunge router I have had since i was 14.

I am a major Bosch fan and the decision comes down between the long standing and venerable 1617 or the new MCR23. The fixed base will find its home in my tablesaw extnsion wing. I do like the addition of the led lights on the new model. If you were to choose, which one and why?


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#1 posted 05-04-2015 03:13 AM

I made that very choice, not too long ago. For me, at the time, it came down to amperage. I wasn’t sure that my old wiring would sustain the 15 amps of the MRC23, so I went for the 12 amps of the 1617.

The MRC23 is a more powerful router, with some really nice features, but the 1617 has enough power and features for the things I do. Also, I got the 1617EVSPK-RT reconditioned from CPO outlets for only $164 on sale. I think it’s gone up to $167 now.

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 05:16 AM

Bosch

sold their soul

to the lowest bidder

I dont bet on them anymore

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 05:19 AM

: )

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 05:33 AM

I’m a big Bosch fan, too. I’ve never had a Bosch tool let me down.

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 06:13 AM

Moron, you ok my man?

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 08:38 AM

I’d also go for Bosch, I’ve used there tools for years and they go weary.

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 09:24 AM

I’ve got the 1617 kit (with plunge and fixed base). I got it from CPO reconditioned. I’ve had it for several years and it’s been a good workhorse. Changing bits and collets is pretty easy. The plunge action works well. The only thing I wish it had was several built in LEDs for lighting.

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#8 posted 05-04-2015 01:40 PM

I’d go with the 1617. The MRC23 is nice with a design flaw. The design has a channel for power transfer which prevents you from using any after market lift. This means the MRC23 can only be used with the Bosch base.

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#9 posted 05-04-2015 02:23 PM

I would get the porter cable model.

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#10 posted 05-04-2015 02:37 PM

Wait a minute. Porter Cable? You’ll get Moron all twisted up again. :)
Bill

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#11 posted 05-04-2015 02:43 PM

Its easier than saying dont buy Bosch. Buy PC, its a great router. Actually, my 1/2” is Rockwell. Thats a fine router. Got it with no handles so I made mahogany handles for it. Work of art.

#RIPRockwell


Wait a minute. Porter Cable? You ll get Moron all twisted up again. :)
Bill

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#12 posted 05-04-2015 03:18 PM

Bosch is the way to go if this is for table mounted routing. Best built router in its price range based on feedback in the router forums. And that is coming from someone who owns the Milwaukee 5625-20

PC and the others have really dropped in quality in the last few years. They are not the same companies they once were.

If you need a hand held router, then the Festool OF1400 might be a better choice.

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#13 posted 05-04-2015 06:14 PM

The only Dewalt router that ever let me down was the one I dropped on a concrete floor. Best plunge action in the business.

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#14 posted 05-04-2015 06:25 PM

I am not partial to brands. I have two Bosch 1617 combo kits, one Dewalt 611pk kit and a 3 1/4 hp Triton.
They all work well for me. I am just a retired fat guy that enjoys woodworking.

Here are a couple of pics. Raised panel doors made with the 1617 and big old honking cutter.
Hope this helps.
Mike

Yeppirs. That’s hard maple. :-)

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#15 posted 05-04-2015 07:54 PM

I have the MR23 kit and love it. Everything works well. I actually returned the DW618 for the MR23.

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