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Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit - 1617EVSPK

Abt Model: 1617EVSPK
Retail Price : $225.00
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Variable Speed Dial For Matching Speed To Workpiece And Task/ Soft-Start/ Constant Response Circuitry/ Precision Centering Design/ Blue Finish
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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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Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit
 
4.5

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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92%

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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    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

    Solid and Smoothe

    By KJMMM

    from Texas

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I use the plunge base a lot do add keyhole slots to our products. The action on on the plunge base is smooth and handle very well. The router itself is very quiet and nice. The only things I don't like are: 1. I wish it came with a set of bushings. 2. I wish there was an LED light for when I need to see the blade meeting the wood. 

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    4.0

    Awesome Router

    By ktwix

    from North Carolina, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I bought this product a couple months ago and am sure glad I did! Very powerful machine and easy to use depth adjustment. The plastic shield is okay, it doesn't have a very secure fit. I got tired of putting it back on every time it popped off so I just left it off.

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    3.0

    Great power

    By t2ony

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I purchased the 1618evspk and decided to use it as a base mount on my router table cause I wanted more power and a changeable collet. Really disapointed when I discovered it has no shaft lock button to change bits. Have to use both wrenches and is a pain in rear!

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    5.0

    What a machine!

    By Rob56

    from Rush NY USA

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I owned one of these years ago and loved it. Recently I need to put a rounded edge on some oak baseboard and bought a new one. Still the same great machine - smooth, powerful and accurate.

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    5.0

    Top Shelf Product for anyone!

    By Obe1

    from Virginia

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I am a beginner. I have used a router before but it was in high school. I absolutely love everything about this router. It is definitely the quietest power tool I have. The bonus features of wooden handles, quick change bases, oversized base hole and consistant spring pressure in the Plunge router makes this kit Top Notch! - I would like to see a base plate come with the router that accepts the competitons guide bushings. Make it clear also just to edge out the competition in features again. OR include the adapter since it is a cheap add-on that you don't know about until you get home. Another addition would be LED's on the bottom to shine some real light on the issue, cutting wood. *Overall, I'm happy about the purchase as I brag about it to everyone and I am ready to use it on each project I take on.

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    5.0

    Exactly what I was looking for!

    By BarberShop

    from Tennesee

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    I have owned this router for about a month now, and have already used it on multiple projects.  I have a number of projects planned, and I will be using this router on all of them.  This router was exactly what I was looking for.  For the price, there isn't a better router on the market.  I also bought the dust extraction attachments which work great!  I have gotten to the point, where I only buy Bosch tools.

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    4.0

    great product

    By widder93

    from Fayetteville, AR, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    this router is great for bigger jobs. my only complaint is that the guide is somewhat difficult to adjust.

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    5.0

    Best Piece of equipment in my shop

    By amypool2

    from Lancaster, NY, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Purchased a Bosch 1616EVSPK Router it is well engineered and in my opinion the best on the market. It is the second Bosch Router I've owned and though the other is functional I purchased this model because I did not have the plunge base on the other model

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    5.0

    Outstanding! Bosch has done it again

    By RodM

    from Michigan, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Before I purchased I read many reviews, as we all do, this Router Combo was the clear choice, at that time I did not know why - all I knew was that many folks really liked this product.  After using this router for a while it did not take much time to understand why everyone like it so much.  SMOOTH SMOOTH SMOOTH, even at full Speed setting (6) your hands can't even tell your are holding such a powerful machine.  The only bad thing about this router is that it made my other router become nothing else than a fancy paperweight.  Yes highly recommend it.

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    5.0

    very smooth

    By Gray50

    from Tennessee, United States

    Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:

    Bought the fixed base in this model, loved it so much i had to go buy the combo. Its smooth running and adjustments made using this tool a pleasure. Gave my craftsman away at yard sale!

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