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Been a long time since I posted here but have followed somewhat over the last couple of years. I am now in need of a new router since the last of my Bosch 16o4's has died.
I plan to order a 1617 and a Colt tomorrow 1/2/18 fom CPO unless you all talk me into something else.
will be used both hand held and in a table.
Is there a much better alternative for the price? I will at some point buy another for a dedicated table router. The Colt is is in anticipation of the demise of my well loved Ryobi Tr3o.

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Been a long time since I posted here but have followed somewhat over the last couple of years. I am now in need of a new router since the last of my Bosch 16o4's has died.
I plan to order a 1617 and a Colt tomorrow 1/2/18 fom CPO unless you all talk me into something else.
will be used both hand held and in a table.
Is there a much better alternative for the price? I will at some point buy another for a dedicated table router. The Colt is is in anticipation of the demise of my well loved Ryobi Tr3o.

Thanks
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can I talk you into a 1619 for the table also???
make sure you order them as kits.. standard and plunge bases...
you know, you can't go wrong w/ the reconditioned tools... very safe bet...
their CS/TS is like no other...

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1617 EVSPK for sure. Later for the table, I give the nod to Triton TRA001. Wonderful table machine, power to spare, easy to adjust, self locking for one wrench bit changes. I'm sure there are many other great routers out there, but after searching like mad, those are the ones in my shop. Oh yes, and the Colt, which is a pleasure to use hand held.

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1617 EVSPK for sure. Later for the table, I give the nod to Triton TRA001. Wonderful table machine, power to spare, easy to adjust, self locking for one wrench bit changes. I'm sure there are many other great routers out there, but after searching like mad, those are the ones in my shop. Oh yes, and the Colt, which is a pleasure to use hand held.
+1 What Tom said.

I have the Bosch 1617evspk (2 of them) and the Triton. No complaints.
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don't forget some really important accessories..
cover you bases for set up and DC...
two of these...
yes, I said two...
https://www.reconditionedtools.com/b...efault,pd.html
one of these...
https://www.reconditionedtools.com/b...efault,pd.html
and...
https://www.reconditionedtools.com/b...efault,pd.html

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What Stick said. The Bosch 1619EVS is a plunge base, BUT it has the ability to lock out the column springs allowing for it to be used as a table router without having to disassemble anything (phenolic base aside; that you might want to remove so you can install a table insert plate.)
Warning: the 1619 base is much bigger than the 1617 base...7 1/2" as opposed to 6" if I remember correctly. At the moment my 1619 is the only plunge router I own. I'm still waiting for my 1617 plunge base to arrive...I didn't buy the 1617 EVSPK package, and am literally paying for it. Big mistake on my part.

* I should have added that the Bosch edge guide fits both routers.
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I use the Kreg insert plate for my routers that are mounted under the table. If you get one, make sure it is the model that has the hole pre-drilled for the hex key (Bosch) / or the crank handle (Triton). That way the height adjustment can be made from above the table. However, as with all routers, you still have to operate the lock/unlocking mechanism form underneath. That's no biggie. I have done it so many times, it is second nature for me.

The Triton has a built in dust port for connecting a hose. For the Bosch, a separate accessory is available that connects to the router base.

The Bosch vacuum hose (VAC005) fits both of these ports!

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"The Triton has a built in dust port for connecting a hose. For the Bosch, a separate accessory is available that connects to the router base."
-Mike

Both of my Boschs came with the dust collection 'accessories' included with the routers. Separate package in the packing boxes.
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The 1617 is an excellent choice if you plan on using it for table and handheld. There have been a few bad reviews on the Colt but most have been positive. Pat Warner also recommended the Ridgid trim router and quite a few of us have the DW611 which is a bit bigger than the Colt and comes as a plunge/fixed combo.

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The Triton has a built in dust port for connecting a hose. For the Bosch, a separate accessory is available that connects to the router base.

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DC also is included w/ the edge guides...
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