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Forum topic by Dee1 posted 08-23-2017 06:15 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2017 06:15 PM

Ok I have an old Bosh 10 amp Router mounted in my table that I have used for years well today it died and I am looking to replace it
I never use it off the table but that said I would like one that is a little easier to set a close depth than this old Bosh
Any and all thoughts would be appreciated
I do mostly small projects.

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#1 posted 08-23-2017 06:43 PM

Any and all thoughts would be appreciated

A peanut is neither a pea, nor a nut.

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#2 posted 08-23-2017 06:44 PM

Even though I burned one up I really like
the Milwaukee “bodygrip” router. Everything
about it is designed well and depth can be
adjusted from the top using a hex extension
wrench. It isn’t the most whiz-bang design
for table use (for that look at the Triton routers)
but it gets the job done.

I don’t have one but these days you can get
router lifts that hold fixed-base router motors.
Such lifts cancel-out some of the inherent
limitations of inexpensive basic routers like
the Porter Cable 690, a reliable router that
can be bought on ebay for less than $100.

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#3 posted 08-23-2017 06:48 PM

May it rest in peace.
I’d look seriously at Triton.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 08-23-2017 07:03 PM

I have that same Milwaukee router mounted in a Jess-Em router lift on my self built Router cabinet. It is VERY precise and I have been known to lift the whole thing out, plate & all for use as a trim router. I love the Jess-em and the Milwaukee as well & know you will like this Milwaukee Jess-Em combo also! . I just purchased a Bosch 1617 EVSPK plunge router for doing mortices & inlay work.

-- Robby

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#5 posted 08-23-2017 07:31 PM

If you want a beefy router: Triton. I recently bought one and love it. I don’t use a router lift the built in one works fine enough for me. Yes, you have to lock and unlock, but to me and for what I do, that’s not worth spending several hundred on a lift.

If you’re doing light stuff (no raised panels, etc) a 2HP router will do. I own all PC’s but I like the DeWalt

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#6 posted 08-23-2017 08:18 PM

I really like both my Milwaukee routers too. 5615 for smaller stuff and 5625 for hogging raised panels. The 5616 is pretty similar to the 5615 but gives you variable speed control.

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#7 posted 08-23-2017 09:10 PM

I currently use a Bosch 1617EVS in a table and the 1617 depth can be adjusted from the table top. You do have to reach under the table to lock and unlock. I’ve been pleased with it, lots of hours on it with no issues.

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#8 posted 08-23-2017 10:12 PM

Any and all thoughts would be appreciated

A peanut is neither a pea, nor a nut.

- gargey

And you called me obtuse :)

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#9 posted 08-24-2017 12:35 AM

I do mostly small projects.
- Dee1

Dee1, you have opened up a can of worms… That’s like asking people for a picture of their grandkids… everyone will show a different picture (I hope)...

You didn’t specify a price limit.

Just remember you can always do your mostly small project on a beefy router, however, am underpowered router would object if you ever decide to feed it that “odd large project”.

My first serious router was a Triton (back in the days before plastic parts) and still not missing a beat. However my current go to router (when talking tabletop mode) is a Porta Cable 7518 on a Woodpecker PRL-V2 lifter (can’t be beaten for ease of use/versatility – the lifter).

If you are not budget constrained… you cannot go past a Festool… and drive it to your worksite in your Rolls-Royce! Problem is, it’s features would be wasted in a table top.

For a small router/trimmer… I highly recommend a Bocsh Palm Trimmer GMR1. It has a unique knurled screw for a sneaky “depth-of-cut” fine adjustment.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 08-24-2017 09:36 PM

Ok I listened to all you nice guys and ordered a Triton the smaller of the two and now anxiously waiting for it.
I came very close to buying another Bosch but then I said lets see what these guys are talking about and ordered the Triton

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#11 posted 08-24-2017 09:46 PM

I have a Milwaukee body grip router, a couple of Bosch 1617evs, and a PC (690 family, but I forget the number). Any of them will do, and can be raised and lowered from above. The PC is in the router table and has been used for years. I can’t really say one of those routers is the best, but I can say that the Milwaukee is one solid precise high quality router.

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#12 posted 08-24-2017 10:35 PM

Ok I have an old Bosh 10 amp Router mounted in my table that I have used for years well today it died and I am looking to replace it
- Dee1

Just curious… how did it ‘die’? Most likely, a new set of bearings and/or brushes and it will be back to running like new for just a few bucks :) Those things are pretty hard to kill, even if you just run them ragged without regard to maintenance.


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#13 posted 08-25-2017 12:51 AM

Ok how did it die, well it slowed down, doing some very light rounding over . using a 1/8 Round over bit. then it shot a whole bunch of flames out the bottom, very spectacular. Now I have had this router in at least three tables and really do not remember when I got it? on the plate it says Bosh 1604 and after a bunch of unreadable there is a date of 1984? I just figured it was past replacement time?
Now if it is fixable I will have two!
Thanks guys

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