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Forum topic by bbrown posted 07-09-2021 10:50 AM 543 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bbrown

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07-09-2021 10:50 AM

Hello folks,

Does anyone have a Bosch 1611 EVS router collet chuck for 1/4 inch router bits?
I have the 1/2 inch collet but cannot seem to find a 1/4 inch for sale anywhere. I seem to have misplaced or lost the old 1/4” collet.

This is an old model and Bosch seems to have changed the thread count (?) or made other changes in their collets after this model (why???)

The part number is 3600 499 503 Also, this part number also apparently works: 2610 906 288. None of these can be found for sale on a Google search – all are discontinued.

I really like this router but cannot use is with 1/4 inch bits.

Thanks,
-Bill Camden, Maine 434-907-5427

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com


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BlueRidgeDog

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#1 posted 07-09-2021 11:04 AM

You could get a 1/4” adapter. They are common and universal.

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bbrown

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#2 posted 07-09-2021 11:24 AM

BlueRidge, That is exactly what I am looking for and cannot seem to find for this router. There does not seem to be a “universal adapter” that works for this router. It’s a rather odd shape. I have a few of the more standard adapters sitting around and none fit.

Maybe I am missing something here?

—bb

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 07-09-2021 11:54 AM

The adapters fit all 1/2” routers and sleeve them down to 1/4”, like this one. You can literally get them anywhere.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Lazyman

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#4 posted 07-09-2021 12:31 PM

Try ereplacement parts. Not sure if all Bosch routers use the same collet but they have a collet and nut here.

EDIT: I just read you post more carefully. Sounds like you’ve already looked.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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HokieKen

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#5 posted 07-09-2021 12:35 PM



The adapters fit all 1/2” routers and sleeve them down to 1/4”, like this one. You can literally get them anywhere.

- Fred Hargis

+1 Except the part about getting them anywhere. I just checked at Kroger and they don’t sell them ;-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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JRsgarage

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#6 posted 07-09-2021 12:39 PM

I’m not sure if this is the one but appears to be…little pricey.

https://www.partswarehouse.com/Bosch-1-4-Collet-BSH-3600499503-p/bsh-3600499503.htm

-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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HokieKen

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#7 posted 07-09-2021 12:49 PM

And actually here's a direct replacement collet/cap on Amazon. It states it fits the 1617 and has the second p/n listed in the OP.

Edit to add: While the sleeves do work well, I personally prefer to use the right sized collet when I can. Just one less part to worry about variation in.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 07-09-2021 04:24 PM

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HokieKen

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#9 posted 07-09-2021 04:27 PM

Oh dang. I thought he said it was a 1617 in the OP. And now I also see the p/n’s are different on the last digit.

Disregard my link Bill. Thanks for the catch Fred!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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BlueRidgeDog

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#10 posted 07-09-2021 04:34 PM


Edit to add: While the sleeves do work well, I personally prefer to use the right sized collet when I can. Just one less part to worry about variation in.

- HokieKen

Agree…just trying to get him working. I think from now on when I buy a router I will get an extra set of collets…as by the time I need one, the tool has been obsoleted. I just spun a 1/4” bit in my big router and put a gummed up spot on the collet. Will see if I can file it off.

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bbrown

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#11 posted 07-10-2021 01:27 AM

Thanks for the suggestions but none of them apply to this router. The sleeve might work, but I have my doubts whether it would fit the Bosch 1611 EVS.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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Fred Hargis

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#12 posted 07-10-2021 10:40 AM

The sleeve will work, it simply goes into your 1/2” collet, and then the 1/4” bit fits into it. It’s made so that when the collet is tightened to the sleeve, the sleeve , in turn) tightens to the shank of the bit. Like others above pointed out, it’s not always the best option….but sometimes the only one.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Jacksdad

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#13 posted 07-10-2021 11:42 AM

They make adapter sleeves to adapt a 1/2” to 1/4” that fits in the collet

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Ken Masco

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#14 posted 07-10-2021 05:04 PM

Look into Muscle Chuck. A new idea that eliminates the need for standard collets. I’ve been using one on my router table for about a year now. I doubt I’ll ever go back.

-- Ken

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bbrown

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#15 posted 07-11-2021 10:36 AM

Thanks for tip Ken. MuscleChuck does not make a reducer compatible with my router. I must own an odd duck!
Fred, I did order a sleeve – we’ll see how it works.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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