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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 03:04 PM
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While you are looking at sites Quenten try looking at CPO's site. The refurbish tools and the people that have used them say that they are very reliable since they get tested before they go out the door, unlike first run power tools. They often have good deals on Bosch 1617s which is a router that will give you good service.
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While you are looking at sites Quenten try looking at CPO's site. The refurbish tools and the people that have used them say that they are very reliable since they get tested before they go out the door, unlike first run power tools. They often have good deals on Bosch 1617s which is a router that will give you good service.
Agreed - I bought my first tool from CPO last year while in the U.S. - a reconditioned 1617 kit - couldn't tell the difference from a new one. But I don't believe they ship to Canada - too bad.
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Bosch 1617EVSTB 2-1-4 HP Fixed-Base Electronic Router and Router Table Base

Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table

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Will these 2 work togdther? Good combo?
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Or is this a better router: It has the plunge feature. A different under table bracket, not sure what the difference is between them.

Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit
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Or is this a better router: It has the plunge feature. A different under table bracket, not sure what the difference is between them.

Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit
Quentin - I have this combo, as do many folks here, I believe. Getting the plunge base is a bonus as you can mount the fixed base under a table and use the plunge base freehand.
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Quentin - I have this combo, as do many folks here, I believe. Getting the plunge base is a bonus as you can mount the fixed base under a table and use the plunge base freehand.
Got to agree with Vince. Bosch's "Table Base" is basically their fixed base without the handles. Since the fixed base can be table mounted, the EVSPK adds the plunge base. Often said that a plunge router can act like a fixed base router, but a fixed base router can't plunge.

I have a few 1617's, never disappointed in the tool. The tool-user in my shop, on the other hand, falls short of potential.

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Boy, I have spent some money getting tools. Will run it by the wife later tonight or tomorrow. Do you think that the table is adequate? I plan on making a cut out in my table to accommodate it. Not sure if I will just remove the top & place that or the whole combo.
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+3 Doesn't get very good ratings on Amazon. Pass on that one
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Reposting--seems my posts disappear when I click "POST QUICK REPLY."

+1 on the bad reviews. Would I be better off just getting a top to mount into my table & a fence? Recommendations?
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