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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't know this forum existed until a few minutes ago. I just got deep into routing in the last 2 weeks. I love it and what you can do with the right tools. HOWEVER!!!!!!!
I bought a bosch 1617 evs kit with fixed base and plunge base probably 1.5 to 2 years ago and its just been sitting because I was having such a hard time getting it to adjust and move from base to base. It was almost impossible to adjust the motor height and or take it from one base to the other. Flash forward to 2 weeks ago and my wife has an antique business and a huge antique show in about 3 weeks. I had to fix somethings and the router was WONDERFUL except its almost impossible to adjust and move. So I called bosch and despite the unit looking like the day I bought it they way its not covered under warrenty even though the bases are to tight. I asked them how it was my fault that the bases were so tight. Its so tight I don't have the switch on either base that you flick open to get the motor out and then close to tighten everything down so it doesn't move.
Is there something I can do to loosen things up? I taped the small guide pin out a bit but that didn't help much at all. I love this router but.....
I have used scotch brite pads on the aluminum houseing on the motor and waxed it and the bases but still insanely tight. Bosch people said they have never heard of this before but I find that hard to believe.
Anyway, can someone help me either stretch the alumunm housing or shrink the motor lol.
Any suggestions would be helpful.
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Hello and welcome to router forum.
I have never heard of anybody having that can of trouble with a bosch router,if you live near a woodworking store like Rockler or Woodcraft or a tool repair center take into them let them help you I really do not Believe it's a serious problem

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it there anything like polishing etc that can be done without putting more cash into this beast.
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That "Switch" is a clamp to hold the router in position. Did you loosen the bolt through the clamp?

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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have you read the manual...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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Ok, so interesting developments. I have taken the clamp off. There is no bolt or clamp on either base at this point and they are still to tight. Yes, I have read the manual but i will go back and read it again. The fixed base has the clamp on the back and you have to press the adjustment clamp in the front in as well to get the motor to release etc. You have to line up the arrows etc. Well, after a bit of reconnaissance at lowes with my router motor and bases I found the issue. Bosch says this is not possible but experience says otherwise.

I prepared a test with a hypothesis that the bases were to small from the factory. Well I did a basic swap test under the watchful eye of the Lowes employee.
I took my router motor and dropped it into the fixed and plunge base at lowes and it fit perfect. In and out easy peasy. I took the router motor from the set being sold at Lowes and it is just like my motor in my bases. It didn't fit in my bases without some major cajoling. both router motors fit perfectly in the router bases for sale at Lowes but neither motor fit in my bases. Bosch tells me the answer is to by two brand new bases for 100 a piece but I can buy a brand new set with motor etc for 199.00 at lowes. I need an aluminum stretcher to go with my wood stretcher lol.

If its going to happen its going to happen to me, lol. I can't figure out how to grind our the aluminum bases without tearing them up.
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Don't do any grinding. Is there a way to gently spread the bases? I mean gently. Sounds like you are only a few
thousandths small.
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as outstanding as Bosch's customer service is it's hard to believe they are telling you to buy new bases...
explain to them what you have told us...
1-877-267-2499....

2nd - the locking clamp is adjusted too tight..
3rd - buff out - not grind - the walls of the base and wax them w/ furniture paste wax that does not have silicone...
plan ''B'' - dry lube instead of wax like TriFlow.. DO NOT GET WD-40 ANYWHERE's NEAR YOUR ROUTER... VOE...
automotive and marine waxes are ate up w/ silicone..
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dumb question. what do you mean buff out?

Neither base has a locking clamp anymore. I took them off.

I am not sure how I would spread the bases. Do you mean the piece that the locking clamp is attached to?
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dumb question. what do you mean buff out?

Neither base has a locking clamp anymore. I took them off.

I am not sure how I would spread the bases. Do you mean the piece that the locking clamp is attached to?
Mine has a slot down the front, I can put a large screw driver in it and spread it a little. but it springs back.
I only have the fixed base,the motor is in the table.
I will give you mine if you pay the shipping.

In the meantime I would get a hold of Bosch and talk to some one of authority and tell them that you are on the router forum and we are waiting to hear their response.

I had to do a similar thing one time and got a positive response.
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