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Forum topic by CecilD posted 01-27-2020 03:29 AM 268 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2020 03:29 AM

I have a couple of Bosch 1617 routers set up in router tables. The problem that I keep having is saw dust getting into the power switch. I have replaced them before and cleaned one but getting tired of doing that. Does anyone know if Bosch has changed their switch to prevent this problem or is there a replacement one that someone else sells?

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#1 posted 01-27-2020 04:30 AM

Hmm, have never had that problem. But one thing you can do is get a paddle switch that you can mount more accessible and then cover your switch. I’ve been meaning to do that anyways just to not have to crouch down to reach the switch on mine.

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#2 posted 01-27-2020 04:51 AM

I haven’t had that issue but I have had saw dust fill the base when it’s mounted in the table. First time got me worried it was a lemon but the brushes were clogged and not making contact. Kind of a pain in the ass but such a great router otherwise, and it’s only happened a couple times in the two years I’ve had it in the table.

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#3 posted 01-27-2020 05:44 AM

But one thing you can do is get a paddle switch that you can mount more accessible and then cover your switch.

+1 For safety too.

Never had that problem with mine but seems like a plan. I do blow out the body with compressed air once in a while.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 01-27-2020 08:02 AM

If you are using any router underneath in a table a lot, and sounds like you are, the best option is just to have great dust collection at the fence, and under at the router to help remove the dust, before it can be a problem. I think all routers can foul up, if they have a mountain of dust falling on them.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 01-27-2020 11:17 AM

+1 Had switch issues with 1617.
I own two 1671 routers. Oldest one is 15+ years old. Have replaced switches on both of them.
There are posts in various forums, including LJ, about switch issues with early models, until they supposedly updated the switch?
Aligns with my experience: Original switch(es) that stopped working for me was not sealed in back, and was packed with dust. Bosch OEM replacement was better sealed, but still not hermetically sealed. Neither of the new switches has failed after 3+ years of hobby use.

+1 any router running in an enclosed area under table needs good dust collection.
My failures didn’t manafest till added an enclosure under existing router table extension.
At 1st cabinet was open in front without dust collection. Am convinced that accelerated the failure. Now that my router table has 4” dust port below, haven’t seen any issues. Could be happen stance, could be new switch design; suggest using dust collection to avoid any issue regardless.


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#6 posted 01-27-2020 03:43 PM

Thanks, was think about a paddle switch so think I will go with that.

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#7 posted 01-28-2020 05:39 AM

When I got my 1617 that was one of the main problems, ( switch’s filling up with dust ), with the older versions. Was told that the newer versions had updated switchs to take care of this. I have the newer version which I got three or four years ago and haven’t had any problems so far. I could just be lucky, but who knows. Mel

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#8 posted 01-28-2020 06:10 AM

Got my 1617 at least 12 years ago. No switch issues.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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