Bosch 1617 EVS Power Issue

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Forum topic by McNamar posted 02-13-2021 06:43 PM 669 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2021 06:43 PM

I am looking for some advice regarding my Bosch 1617 EVS Router. The thing is not used very much because I am just now experimenting on how to use it. I went to the shop today and the thing does not turn on. I went looking online for possible reasons and also read the manual at length. I did see one you tube video on cleaning the power button area so I did that to no avail It wasn’t used too much so there was very little saw dust in it. This rookie is getting pretty frustrated and would appreciate any advice on how to make my paper weight back into a router.

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#1 posted 02-13-2021 06:54 PM


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#2 posted 02-13-2021 08:07 PM

You will likely have to replace the switch. They are a known problem on that model. I think I have changed the switch on mine 3 times now. The last time I bought the switch, I bought 2 to have one on hand. It is an easy fix. I think I bought the switch from e-replacment parts but I’m not sure.

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#3 posted 02-13-2021 08:18 PM

I remember having a problem with the power switch on my 1617 many years ago. I contacted Bosch customer support and the sent me a new switch at no cost. I’d recommend contacting them.

-- Ron Stewart

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#4 posted 02-13-2021 09:14 PM

Try adjusting the speed control as well. Go all the way up and all the way down

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#5 posted 02-13-2021 11:28 PM

Thanks everyone. I finally found out where I went wrong. In taking off the power switch there is also a clip just behind and attached to the switch. I took off the top one, but didn’t wee that one. Once I took that off the rest was a breeze. What a difference one step makes. Thanks again for all the advice though.

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#6 posted 02-13-2021 11:35 PM

Have several Bosch 1617, oldest is 15+ years old. There used to be a switch issue, but newer models supposedly fixed it?
The last set of replacement switches I bought were sealed, and have not seen any issue since with dust intrusion and intermittent stuck off issue, common with older unsealed switches.

Best Luck.

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