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Excellent idea to get the parts while you can.

Yes, the Bosch is that good. Don't think I have had a bad Bosch tool of any kind yet.
not till you get their pistol grip hammer drills and put them into production...

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(In the spirit of full disclosure, I've been using a DeWalt 8 1/4" Sawcat circ saw for years, and I love it. )
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treasure that oldie but goodie saw...
the latest and greatest along w/ DW's CS are a bust...
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Get extra collets and a set of brushes. Store them carefully. Collets occasionally fail, lose their grip or have to be forcibly removed.

Yes, the 1617 is as good as it gets. I have two. Great in the table and free hand work is a delight with a Bosch. If you can get one, a reconditioned Bosch is as good as new. Every Bosch tool I own beats the snot out of the cheaper tools I bought, put up with then replaced with the Bosch. Bosch seems to have a philosophy of being the best in class. And the fit and finish of every accessory is terrific. Their edge guide even doubles as a circle cutter.
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you got to remember that Sears is no longer the Sears we used to know but now KMart worst thing in the world that could happen to a good store. Not worried about the quality all about profits. Might as well go to Harbor freight can't get parts there either just cheap tools and I don't really mean just price.
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you got to remember that Sears is no longer the Sears we used to know but now KMart worst thing in the world that could happen to a good store. Not worried about the quality all about profits. Might as well go to Harbor freight can't get parts there either just cheap tools and I don't really mean just price.
and sears is all about non-standard....

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I bought a sears fixed base 2 HP router 3 years ago. ONLY because a very good friend gave me a sears (older router table) cast aluminum. Nice little table with the extension wings, never used. It was the only router I could find that would match up to the bolt hole pattern, in the table. I did not want to redrill the table.

End of last year my younger cousin was looking to get a router, set it up in a table to get started in woodworking. He asked me what router to get, on a tight budget. So I looked up the router I bought, It was being discontinued as I was buying it. Hardly any parts available. I have always hated Sears because of this for many years. He is saving his money and getting the Bosch. Of course I swayed him in that direction! Very satisfied in my Bosch routers.

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So, the votes have been tallied; the Tribe has spoken. Sears, you've been voted out. It's time for you to leave the Island.

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So, the votes have been tallied; the Tribe has spoken. Sears, you've been voted out. It's time for you to leave the Island.

and now they are all yours...
(had to dump them some place).....

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That is a cheap deal Ken but the biggest issue with Sears routers is the unavailability of spare parts down the road. I inherited a Sears router from my father in law that was around 20 years old and had never been used much. I didn't need it so I gave it to my son and he is telling me that it won't hold the bit in place for longer than 20 seconds. I already know that a collet is not available for it so if he nor I can get the collet to hold then it's spare parts for someone else and I'll buy him a 1617 to replace it with.

The moral to my story is that you should work that router as much as you can and get your use out of while parts are still available. It isn't necessarily a bad buy and if you use it lots you should be able to get your money's worth out of it.
Chuck..... Check eBay for the part.... I just bought an edge guide for my old 315.17492 ..... $13 ....
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While at my local Sears Hardware today I saw the router combo 27683 on sale for $90. I couldn't resist, so I bought it to replace my old Skil 1835.

The router combo has both plunge and fixed bases, and comes with an edge guide and carry bag. It has the wrench that allows height adjustment from above the table, and supposedly accepts PC guide bushings. I haven't taken it out of the box yet.

I've heard mixed things about Sears' tool longevity, so I bought the extended warranty for $18, too.

I had my eyes on the Bosch 1617, but it's twice as much as the Sears on sale.
Sounds like a good deal, Ken. Use it. I think you will like it. I like the idea of a spare collet of both sizes, and spare brushes.

You should be able to put the fixed base in a router table and git-after-it!

Yeah, I have a pair of the Bosch's.

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