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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.
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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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
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Niagara Falls, NY, United States
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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Smooth Machine !!
from Ct. Shoreline
Versatile and well balanced with both fixed and plunge bases!!
Excellent tool in either router table or plunge base. Bullet-proof pro quality!
Powerful, does not disappoint.
from Medford, MA, United States
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.
The best router I've ever owned
from ME, United States
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!
Works Like a Champ!
from North Aurora, IL, United States
I finally took my router out of the box for a test drive and it worked great! Very smooth operation and comfortable to operate.
A Fantastic Router
from Pasadena, CA, United States
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 Iâ€™m in total control while working on all my project.
Great router set
from Allen, TX
I've had this router for a couple years now. It's great to have the separate bases. For my handheld routing, I use the plunge base, and I keep the fixed base attached to my router table. Bosch makes some solid quality tools.
Great Lathe Combo
from Lakeside, CA, United States
I bought this lathe about 2 months ago as an upgrade to a Skil model I had been using for about 2 yrs. My level of use is daily to at least weekly as I am a hobbiest who owns a modest online woodworking business. I am extremely impressed with this set. The bases hold very steady and I have yet to experience any wobble in a routed line using a multitude of different bits. Further, the precision adjustment that comes with the combination push button adjuestment (larger depth adjust) and the turn screw (smaller increments) is nothing short of amazing. The only negative I can point out for this product so far is that there is no light incorporated with the router motor as is found on some other models. It is not generally a concern but when I find myself trying to complete a project and natural light becomes short in supply in the evening, I sometimes need to position a shop light very specifically to ensure I can see the task at hand clearly. Overall, I would purchase this set again without question, even lacking the lighting feature.
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