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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 Boise, ID, United States
Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:
I've had this router several years, and still love finding reasons to pull it out. One of the best tools I own
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Kinston NC
Purchased my Bosch 1617 EVSPK recently and in a nut shell it has met or exceeded my expectations plus. Smooth, easy to set up and use and I am a beginner using a Router.
I love the interchangeble bases.
from Upstate NY
I use the interchangeable bases to go from table router to plunge to fixed base( with the awesome hardwood knobs). The locks are solid and the motor is in a rock hard durable base.
This is a professional ...
from Stow, OH
This is a professional grade tool with enough HP (2.25). I have performed several routing tasks with it, and the additional accessories (router guide and bushings) with beautiful results. I have five other (non-Bosch) routers with only 1HP ratings. All my work with it so far has been hand routing with both the plunger and fixed bases, so I am going to add a special router table for it soon. Since it will accept both 1/4" and 1/2" bits, I can use the dozens of 1/4" bits that I have been using with my other routers.
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from Prineville, OR
I am happy with the product, especially the ability to adjust the bit height from above the router table. I have not used the plunge router accessory yet, but it appears to be better made than the one I had previously (a bargain brand). I would have given it 5 stars, except that it is lacking one feature that would make it better. A spindle lock is really handy when you have the router attached to a table. That way, you only need one wrench to change bits.
I really didn't know how ...
from Easton, PA, United States
I really didn't know how useful this tool is. Surprised to say, don't know how I managed carpentry all these years without a router. Only drawback is: On off switch could be lower near the handles instead of near the top, though I'll work around it.
from Toronto, ON, Canada
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.
Excellent router set
from Oklahoma City, OK, United States
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.
from Medina, Ohio, United States
FROM THE SPEED CONTROL TO BOTH BASE'S "QUALITY OF FIRST CLASS"! THE "KIT" WITH BOTH BASE'S IS A GOOD VALUE
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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