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Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit - 1617EVSPK

Abt Model: 1617EVSPK | UPC Code: 000346318654
$219.00  
Variable Speed Dial For Matching Speed To Workpiece And Task/ Soft-Start/ Constant Response Circuitry/ Precision Centering Design/ Blue Finish
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Product Details

Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit - 1617EVSPK

Features:

  • 2.25HP/ 12 AMP Motor 8,000-25,000 RPM
  • Variable speed dial — For matching speed to workpiece and task
  • Soft-start — Reduces start-up torque
  • Constant-Response™ Circuitry — Maintains constant speed under load
  • Quick clamp system on both bases for fast tool-free conversion — Move motor from base to base with ease
  • Precision Centering Design — Makes it easy to keep bit on intended cutline when using jigs, templets, dovetail fixtures and similar guidance devices
  • Microfine bit depth adjustment system on both bases — For fast, precise bit depth adjustment
  • Wide base openings and 2" subbase openings — Accepts larger bits & provides better visibility
  • Right or left switch location — For user preference and consistency (motor does not rotate during depth adjustment)
  • Contoured soft grip handles — For enhanced control and comfort
  • Double insulated
  • Now includes RA1161 Fixed-Base with system for adjusting bit height from above a router table
  • Fixed base has threaded holes for mounting to router table positioned in common 3-hole pattern
  • Rugged carrying case has compartments for all included items
  • Power Switch - Now includes dust-sealed power switch
  • Optional RA1126 Quick-Change Templet Guide Adapter (sold separately) — For fast and easy change of Bosch RA-Series templet guide (or threaded templet guides, if optional RA1100 adapter is also used.)

Specifications:

  • Amperage: 12
  • Base Diameter: 6" Fixed/ 6-11/16" Plunge
  • Case Type: Hard plastic
  • Collet Capacity: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 8 mm
  • Cord Length: 10
  • FixedBase Depth Range: 1-5/8"
  • Max. Motor HP: 2.25
  • No Load RPM: 8,000-25,000
  • Plunge Depth: 2.25"
  • Rating: 120V AC
  • Used on Model No: RA1171, RA1180, RA1181, RA1182, RA1200 Router Tables (Router in fixed base only).
  • Voltage: 120V

In the Box:

  • 1/4" Self-Releasing Collet Chuck -- 2 610 906 283
  • 1/2" Self-Releasing Collet Chuck -- 2 610 906 284
  • 16mm Shaft Wrench -- 2 610 991 388
  • 24mm Collet Nut Wrench-- 2 610 992 417
  • Carrying Case -- 2 610 913 367
  • Fixed Base (RA1161)
  • Plunge Base (RA1166)
  • Fixed Base Chip Shield -- 2 610 991 389
  • Plunge Base Chip Shield -- 2 610 912 599
  • Motor
  • T-Handle Hex Height Adjustment Wrench -- 2610923193
  • Pack of 3 10-24 Screws for Table Mounting - 2610925813

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 19.5 lb
  • Shipping: 23 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Limited
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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit
 
4.6

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (63)

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    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (2)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (32)
  • Durable (21)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Won't disappoint, feels great in-hand, just needs some clever supporting features to make day-to-day use more practical

    Since I purchased this router I have used it nearly daily, often for work I never would have thought would require a router. Basically a lot of little things that could have otherwise become...Read complete review

    Since I purchased this router I have used it nearly daily, often for work I never would have thought would require a router. Basically a lot of little things that could have otherwise become major headaches become small tasks, e.g. someone cuts an asymmetrical piece of siding with the lap-joints on the wrong side, the router can provide a satisfying remedy of the situation without wasting the entire sheet of siding. The point is that a router is a great and highly enabling tool... With regards to this router combo pack my first impression was amazing, I unpacked it, plugged it in, closed the switch and couldn't resist a smile; the sound of the motor was free of all sorts of harsh noises that most power tools emit and even better, aside from a smooth input of torque at the grips, this tool wasn't vibrating all over the place. Turning up the revs with the dial doesn't change any of this...it gets louder, but in a way that feels linear and controlled. It altogether sounds and feels like a well-made and well-balanced tool, which makes for both pleasant use and more control at the workpiece. In use it works perfectly. I have had no complaints so far with the way the tool performs. It has done everything I have come up with without flaw. I would, however, add that I am an advocate for design features which make a whole work process smoother...little things like keeping all of the parts for a tool together at a crowded work site. This router pack comes with a good case, but it could be better, e.g. by having a separate closeable sub-compartment to hold the dozen or so hardware pieces required for putting the router under a router table. Also the plastic guard on the fixed-base has to be removed and set down if you want to change bits...small, clear, plastic pieces that get set down at a work site have a way of getting broken or lost. I usually just pop the motor out of the base to make changes to avoid this, it's easy enough and this ease is one of the reasons to applaud this design for doing most things very well. Overall I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates quality tools and the quality work that they perform.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Excellent router with one major weakness

    I have owned the router for over 6 years now, and have used it extensively at times in and out of a router table. The router is one of those products that just feels...Read complete review

    I have owned the router for over 6 years now, and have used it extensively at times in and out of a router table. The router is one of those products that just feels like a quality product as soon as you pick it up. The variable speed works well, and the height adjustment is very precise. The motor is adequately strong for a variety of bits and materials. As noted by another user, the switch position is not conveniently placed especially when placed under a router table. Unfortunately, this otherwise excellent router has a major weakness -- the power switch. When used in a router table, the switch fills with saw dust and eventually stops working, so the router cannot be turned back on. This has happened a number of times, and can be temporarily fixed by removing the dust from the switch. I thought Bosch would have fixed the switch issue by now, so I called customer support, and explained my problem. To my surprise, the customer support person was very reluctant to assist me given the age of the router. I was eventually able to convince the support person to at least send me a new swtich, so I could do the replacement myself. When the new switch arrived, it was exactly like the one already in the unit. It too has failed, which I can temporarily fix by taking apart the router, dumping the dust out of the switch, and reassembling. I am generally a fan of Bosch tools, and have several other Bosch tools including the excellent glide miter saw. If it weren't for the switch problem, I would rate the router much higher for effectiveness and value.

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    5.0

    Workhorse

    By Shawn

    from Toronto, ON, Canada

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I don't usually write reviews for tools because the tools in questions always have incredible reputations, but this router is quite the exception. For 3 years, the router has held up like no other in the garage. I'm a guitar luthier and routing is a the most common task aside from sanding. Both table and hand work.

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    5.0

    Excellent router set

    By djp1

    from Oklahoma City, OK, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I have had several different brand of routers in the past. Bosch routers are the best! I have the little Bosch Colt / hand held router and it has done all I asked it to do with no problems. This new 2.25 HP router will handle any job I throw at it. I also bought the Bosch Router Table for this router, and it is a professional grade set up. Also, I believe it was Woodworking Magazine that gave this router and Number 1 rating a few years back. I have not used the Plunge kit that came with it, but the over the table adjustment is a great plus.

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    5.0

    QUALITY

    By HERMIT

    from Medina, Ohio, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    FROM THE SPEED CONTROL TO BOTH BASE'S "QUALITY OF FIRST CLASS"! THE "KIT" WITH BOTH BASE'S IS A GOOD VALUE

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    5.0

    great route

    By nicksb13

    from Niagara Falls, NY, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    i get this about a year ago have used a number of times it work very will. it work much better the 20 + year old route i had as a hand me down.

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    5.0

    Smooth Machine !!

    By wpmoore62

    from Ct. Shoreline

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Versatile and well balanced with both fixed and plunge bases!!

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    5.0

    100% Pro!

    By SAAL

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Excellent tool in either router table or plunge base. Bullet-proof pro quality!

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    5.0

    Powerful, does not disappoint.

    By Seaquer

    from Medford, MA, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Collet wrenches are a bit cumbersome in the router table but well worth it for all its other qualities. I bought this one for my router table and the height adjusting mechanism is just a dream. I can micro manage the position of a micro dado. Warning: turned all the way up, this motor is STRONG.

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    5.0

    The best router I've ever owned

    By Newt

    from ME, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    This has been the best router I've ever owned! I've used it for everything from cabinets to custom mill work to splineing logs for custom log homes! Great power and very user friendly!

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    5.0

    Works Like a Champ!

    By UFOsecrets

    from North Aurora, IL, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I finally took my router out of the box for a test drive and it worked great! Very smooth operation and comfortable to operate.

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    5.0

    A Fantastic Router

    By Neophyte

    from Pasadena, CA, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I bought this router, after exhaustive reviews between it and other makes, in February this year but just started using it as things conspired against me. I had only used a cheap router many years ago and was more than surprised at how well behaved this Bosch was. I find I can do anything with it. I feel like I’m in total control while working on all my project.

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