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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-27-2018, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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I see refurbished examples of this router for sale for under $140. Is there any problem with these routers that cause, what seems like a lot, of them to end up being refurbished or is this just normal business for companies like Bosch? It's a 2.3 hp variable speed. Might it also be a good entry level table router? Some users seem to like the ability to adjust the router from above the table with what looks like a long Allen wrench
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if it's from CPO it's a sure bet...
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I agree with Stick, CPO is a great company. They are my go-to place to buy tools.
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The refurbished tools get tested before they go out the door. I doubt the new ones from anybody do. I don’t know if I’ve heard a bad word spoken about CPO and their name comes up often on this forum. Well actually there have been a few bad words spoken by us Canadians. They don’t ship to Canada.

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You guys didn't really finish answering Matt's question. He wants some specific info on the MRF23EVS.
From the cheap seats here, Matt, Bosch makes great stuff, and they stand behind their products.

Who did the refurbishing? It'd be interesting to know what the warranty is and who covers it(?).
Lots of reasons for a product to be recalled and refurbished; for example, it may have been due to a manufacturer's recall that involved a lot of specific production, and was returned from all over the US.
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You guys didn't really finish answering Matt's question. He wants some specific info on the MRF23EVS.
From the cheap seats here, Matt, Bosch makes great stuff, and they stand behind their products.

Who did the refurbishing? It'd be interesting to know what the warranty is and who covers it(?).
Lots of reasons for a product to be recalled and refurbished; for example, it may have been due to a manufacturer's recall that involved a lot of specific production, and was returned from all over the US.

If I buy the router, it will be from CPO via eBay.I just noticed too, That they have the 1617 EVS available for $10 more. From what I've seen that is a pretty well-liked router , maybe more so than the MRF23EVS. Of course, it's been in the marketplace quite a long time. That said, I've had pretty good luck with Bosch tools. I have a Bosch saber saw, Bulldog hammer drill and one of their handheld power planers. Can't think of a bad word to say about any of those tools.
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do yourself a favor and get it directly from CPO....
no muss no fuss CS/TS that isn't any further away than the phone and your mail box if need be.... and shipping is free...
I have both, the 17 is more versatile and is more suited to a table..
the 23 is the cat's meow for jigs like the Leigh D4R...

get the EVSPK.. you won't regret it....

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What Stick said ----- CPO direct!!

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@MattyD , The Bosch MRF23 is a superb fixed base router, excellent for table use. IMHO you will not go wrong if your purpose is table mounted routering. The in table height adjustments works very well but beware of exceeding the limits for the fine adjustment within the three course adjustment ranges. Changing the course adjustment involves moving the motor within the fixed base housing which cannot be done in the table. In my experience CPO are great people with whom to do business. The price seems very good.

In sum go for it!

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Just a point of clarification, CPO have their own account on eBay. So when you buy from them on that platform, eBay is just facilitating the transaction. The tool will come directly from CPO. I've also purchased a Skil Mag 77 circular saw and a Milwaukee Magnum 4-1//2" grinder from them via their eBay operation. Nothing but good feelings about those transactions.
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