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Forum topic by JimLS posted 01-25-2021 03:46 AM 576 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JimLS

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01-25-2021 03:46 AM

Was just looking at routers at the big box store and planning to add one in a table saw wing. I noticed this router has a height adjust and brings the threaded rod down to a hole in the base to allow adjustment through the base like a lift. It is listed as a feature on the box. I looked at several reviews and none that I found mentioned this feature which seems very strange. Anyone have this model that can comment on how well this works? Seems like a great plus unless it just doesn’t work well for some reason.


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TDSpade

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#1 posted 01-25-2021 07:21 AM

I’ve had one for years, It sort of works. But it’s not all that accurate. It’s fidgety and will slip on you. It doesn’t like gravity. The Bosch 1617EVS is a very good router.

I bought a router table with a lift. And use the Bosch 1617EVS in that now. Much better. You really can’t beat a good lift.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 01-25-2021 07:45 AM

If that concept sounds like it’s something you want to explore, I believe most people doing that with router only are doing it with the Triton routers. Both the 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 HP models have above the table height adjust, and it works well. I have one of each of their routers in a table. No issues.

I have a Bosch 1617EVS, and out of probably 20 routers, it is easily my least favorite. Almost constant difficulty getting it out of the base, no spindle lock, so bit changes always require 2 wrenches, and an assortment of other issues I haven’t had with other routers, even a POS HF router I have works easier. Plus the 2 wrenches that came with mine, do NOT fit the nuts on the spindle. I have to use my own wrenches. Because of that I put a Muscle Chuck on it, so I can at east change bits without cussing.

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CWWoodworking

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 12:07 PM

The fixed base on the 1617 is just not good. I’ve had 2 and had problems with both.

I would look at other options.

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tvrgeek

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#4 posted 01-25-2021 12:47 PM

Look at the Triton router. Just take a spring out and it is a lift. I had never heard of them until recommendations from this forum. Quite happy with it.

http://www.tritontools.com/en-US/Product/Power%20Tools/Routers/MOF001

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WhyMe

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#5 posted 01-25-2021 02:36 PM

I have two Bosch 1617EVS. Use one free hand and the other mounted in wing on tablesaw. Wrenches fit fine and height adjustment from top works fine. I don’t understand all the complaints, must be that I’m not nitpicky. Been using for years and no real complaints.
The Bosch fixed base is about $170 vs. $225 for the Triton which is a plunge. You get what you pay for.

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987Ron

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#6 posted 01-25-2021 02:47 PM



I have two Bosch 1617EVS. Use one free hand and the other mounted in wing on tablesaw. Wrenches fit fine and height adjustment from top works fine. I don t understand all the complaints, must be that I m not nitpicky. Been using for years and no real complaints.

- WhyMe


Me too. Maybe I just never had anything better. Always felt like the Bosch tools served me well including the routers (3).

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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Mike Turner

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 02:51 PM

I have a Bosch 1617evs… I have had issues with mine.I sent it back to them. They worked on it but it really is not good. It makes me hesitant to buy anymore Bosch stuff even though I know this one is just a bad design. (really aggravating to use/adjust)....I would really rather just reach under the table and adjust mine like on a Milwaukee router I had…...If I had it to do over it would be another Milwaukee.

-- Mike,North Carolina

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CWWoodworking

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#8 posted 01-25-2021 06:07 PM


I have two Bosch 1617EVS. Use one free hand and the other mounted in wing on tablesaw. Wrenches fit fine and height adjustment from top works fine. I don t understand all the complaints, must be that I m not nitpicky. Been using for years and no real complaints.

- WhyMe

Me too. Maybe I just never had anything better. Always felt like the Bosch tools served me well including the routers (3).

- 987Ron

I’ve never heard of the wrenches, probably just a fluke. But the finicky adjustments is well documented. I’m not picky either but once had to use a hammer to get it unstuck. Same problem on two of them. Compared to the fix bases I’ve used, this one is by far the worst. I’d buy a ryobi before a Bosch if that tells you how bad my experience was.

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WillliamMSP

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#9 posted 01-25-2021 06:33 PM

In a table and using the fixed base, the Bosch is a compromise. Yeah, the adjustment kind of works above the table, but you’re limited in travel and you have to contend with the coarse adjustment detent notches, which makes the whole process fiddly, IMO. In addition, because the motor housing slides up and down within the clamping mech of the base, it doesn’t move that smoothly and is prone to fouling. Movement on mine got progressively worse, with burrs and gouges between the two mating surfaces, until I took the time to sand down and wax the surfaces.

I recently went to one of the Triton routers and it’s been worlds better (I still have the Bosch to use in the fixed and plunge base).

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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