Bosch 1617EVSPK or Bosch 1619EVS
I am somewhat of an amateur woodworker, and this is my first time to post in this forum. I have a radial saw but no table saw, etc., and Iím just starting to get into routing. I have just purchased and assembled a Bosch RA1171 router table, and Iím looking for a quality router for it. Since I would prefer not to have to change the tableís mounting plate and since Iíve read good reviews on both the Bosch 1617EVSPK and Bosch 1619EVS routers, both of which will fit the RA1171 mounting plate, Iíd prefer to buy one of those two, and I have some questions for anyone who can help.
First, Iíve heard that you need at least a 3 HP router for raised panel, etc. work, and even though I donít plan to do any of that at this time, Iíd like to think that whatever router I buy will be able to handle that level of routing later, so my first question is, can the 2 ľ HP Bosch 1617EVSPK adequately handle large bits and raised panel work, or will I need the 3 ľ HP Bosch 1619EVS for such applications?
Second, if I buy the 1619EVS (which is a plunge router only), would it be difficult to use the 1619EVS router in a router table, and would I have to do anything like removing springs, etc., in order to get proper bit depth settings with the 1619EVS?
Third, if I buy the 1619EVS, would it be too heavy or unwieldy for handheld work?
I know that the 1619EVS is a more expensive router than the 1617EVSPK, but cost is much less of a concern to me than performance, so I will appreciate any advice that anyone has on the issue.