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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.
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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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Works very well.
from Hermiston, OR
Comments about Bosch Tools 2.25 HP VS Router Combo Kit:
I use it in a table router.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Brooklyn, NY, United States
I have the the 1617EVS for about 10 years. Great router. Went underwater in Storm Sandy, washed it in fresh water, dried it out and to this day still works. I liked it so much I bought a second 1617EVS.
Simple to use
from Rutherford, NJ, United States
I was amazed on how easy this product was to use and the quality of work it produces. My wife asked me to build a small coffee table. I was able to finish the edges of the table top with my router to add some style to it. I then used the plunger to engrave a heart in the middle of the table to personalize it for her. The dust collecter worked great and made my clean up so much easier. I am loving this router and looking forward to more challenges with it.
I have owned this router ...
from East Amherst, NY, United States
I have owned this router for many years. What I like about it is, it's easy to control with the big handles. The power more than adequate for any job .... Thanks BOSCH
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Versatile monster of a router
from Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Bought this router a year ago and it's been incredible. No problem finding accessories and it has performed without fail.
The router to own
from Pickerington, Ohio
Great combo. All the power you need to get the job done. Great accessories are available, the plunge feature works great. I only have one concern and that is the on off switch. Small and hard to locate. A trigger switch would be safer.
Smooth plunge operation
from Dallas, TX, United States
I mostly use this router with the plunge base. This router's plunge base has the smoothest plunge operation I have ever experienced among many brands. The plunge lock lever is also the easiest, among the different brands I have tried, for me to reach and operate with my left hand remaining in position on the handle. Those things were the most important deciding factors for me when I purchased this particular router. The handles for both bases feel absolutely amazing to me but especially the plunge base handles. The power switch, speed control and every part of the depth adjustment seem to just be in the perfect place for easy manipulation as well.
This is exactly the tool I needed for my around the house work.
Get a handle on it!!
I have purchased two of these routers and used them both extensively over the past few months. There has been a lot to like about them so far. The soft start is a nice feature, and they have buckets of power. I have deliberately tried to bog them down a couple times with a large pass on hard wood, and they responded with plenty of power to maintain the speed I set them for. I have one in a Bosch router table, and the other in a Bosch plunge base. I like the adjustment turret on the plunge base, and the plunge function works smoothly. The only fault I can find with the entire package is that the handles on the plunge base repeatedly come loose. This is a complaint I have seen in a number of other reviews for this package, so I was not surprised to see that my base had the same issue. Other than that, I am very happy with the performance of both routers.
from new jersey
I purchase this router based on previous reviews and am not disappointed, later I purchase the router table to complete the system and the offset wrenches to make bit changing a breeze. here again as said on previous reviews purchase the beat router bits you can afford and your work will be much easer and cleaner.
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