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Forum topic by TTH posted 09-05-2020 04:57 PM 903 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TTH

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09-05-2020 04:57 PM

I’m buying my first router today and was planning to get the Bosch. The dewalt is a little cheaper and I was just curious if there is anyone that would recommend it. The Bosch is adjustable above the table, which I think makes it the winner but wanted to see if anyone felt strongly otherwise. Cheers!

-- Travis, DFW


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 09-05-2020 05:29 PM

Personally I would open up the entrants a bit. I have the Bosch kit with plunge, and fixed bases. I absolutely hate the fixed base, it’s totally contrary, hangs up on separation, and causes me gas. The plunger is tolerable, but I far prefer the Plunge on either of the Tritons. I was going to buy the 618, if you just read the DeWalley write up’s it sounds great. Read all the reviews you can find. A LOT of owners hate it, and for a variety of reasons. Most all of the B$D owned brands that used to have great names used by many a pro, are mostly crap using the vision of B$D to make as much cash off a name, and a swapped out junker as they can.

Also adjustable above the table are the Triton, Milwaukee, and probably others all adjust above the table, that feature isn’t rare.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 09-05-2020 05:39 PM

I have the Bosch 1617 with the fixed and plunge base. I’m not a fan of the pin and groove set up that is used to attach the motor to base. It is really finicky and the sides of the motor are scratched and gouged from the times when things just would not line up to twist the motor onto the base. Getting the motor out of the base can also be problematic. A third hand would make it easier. While I’m not thrilled with it, it runs well and does what I need it to so I can’t justify getting a new one.

As therealSteveN mentioned there are a lot of options depending on how you plan to use it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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SMP

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#3 posted 09-05-2020 06:19 PM



I have the Bosch 1617 with the fixed and plunge base. I m not a fan of the pin and groove set up that is used to attach the motor to base. It is really finicky and the sides of the motor are scratched and gouged from the times when things just would not line up to twist the motor onto the base. Getting the motor out of the base can also be problematic. A third hand would make it easier. While I m not thrilled with it, it runs well and does what I need it to so I can t justify getting a new one.

As therealSteveN mentioned there are a lot of options depending on how you plan to use it.

- EarlS

That has happened to my Bosch as well. Not even sure how. But at some point the pins scratched up the inside of the base to the point where I had to sand down the scratches just to be able to adjust it. Its no longer as smooth as when new.

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#4 posted 09-05-2020 06:31 PM

Dewalt for the plunge base dust collection. The Bosch has been around for a long time so the design features are more likely rooted in older router design assumptions.

Routers changed a lot from the 90s to the 00s. My first fixed base 1/2” router was a DW610 which is a very crude machine by today’s standards. It’s what I could get on the fly in a tool store. I would have preferred the Bosch probably, which was around at the time.

I’d look at the Milwaukee too. That’s what I use. No DC on the plunge base though. Dewalt has a patent.

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#5 posted 09-05-2020 08:53 PM

I have the Milwaukee 2.25 HP EVS with both plunge and fixed bases. I have used both bases, but mainly the fixed base, which I like a lot. Plunge routers are great when you need to plunge, but the grips are normally too high for other work (edge routing, etc.), making it want to tip more. The handles on the fixed base are nice and low (like Bosch), but it also has a body-grip thing that works well, and is less tiring to me. I also use the motor in my router table lift. I’m not a fan of plunge routers in router table plates, even if they have top-side depth adjustment.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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northwoodsman

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#6 posted 09-05-2020 09:07 PM

I have a Bosch Fixed and Plunge base Kit – MRC23EVSK. I like the fact that the power switch is in the handle.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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JIMMIEM

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#7 posted 09-05-2020 09:29 PM

I have the DeWalt 618 3 base kit (fixed, plunge, and D Handle). Other than an old Craftsman it’s the only router I’ve ever used. I recommend it and would buy one again. One knock against the Bosch was that the wooden handles can be slippery. Check some of the magazine reviews….WOOD magazine does tool reviews.

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bigJohninvegas

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#8 posted 09-05-2020 11:34 PM



I have the DeWalt 618 3 base kit (fixed, plunge, and D Handle). Other than an old Craftsman it s the only router I ve ever used. I recommend it and would buy one again. One knock against the Bosch was that the wooden handles can be slippery. Check some of the magazine reviews….WOOD magazine does tool reviews.

- JIMMIEM

I too have the Dewalt 618 with the 3 base kit. I never thought I would use the pistol grip base, but it turns out to be my favorite.
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-- John

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Woodmaster1

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#9 posted 09-05-2020 11:42 PM

I have the triton, 2 Bosch 1617’s, 3 porter cable 690’s, and a skill. I use the triton in a table and the Bosch with a kreg lift in another table. Love the Bosch with the kreg lift plenty of power. The tritons lift has backlash so you set it until done before adjust the height.

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CWWoodworking

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#10 posted 09-06-2020 01:56 AM

I wouldn’t get the Bosch. I’ve had 2. Both had the base problems listed above. Plus the switch is prone to clogging with dust making hard to turn off.

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Axis39

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#11 posted 09-06-2020 02:48 PM

I have a Dewalt 610 (and agree with Loren, it is extremely crude compared to more modern routers… However, it’s still kicking along at probably 25 years old). I do have a 618 with the two bases (plunge and fixed), wish I had the D-handle base…

I own a Ridgid router, but have it mounted in my table. It’s been a great router, but has typical issues when locking down the height adjustment (in that it bumps up or down a hair as it settles onto the threads).

I also have a Ridgid cordless trim router, which might actually be my most used router.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either the Bosch or the Dewalt. I have bought some recent Dewalt tools that are serving me quite well (cordless worm drive and a yard trimmer). I do have a small pile of Bosch tools as well and never been disappointed.

Whatever you do, if you only have one router, I would definitely suggest getting something with a good plunge base.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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ibewjon

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#12 posted 09-06-2020 06:35 PM

It’s sad how Scrap and Decker manages to destroy everything they buy. Like a little rich kid wrecking others toys because they were better than his.

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