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Looking for some advice. I own a Bosch 1617 router with 2 fixed bases (one permanently attached to a nice Woodpeckers router plate), a plunge base, and the edge guide.

I frequently move the router motor between the plunge base, the fixed base, and the fixed base attached to the router plate.

My plunge base has seemingly failed. The plunge mechanism started to wobble. I removed the plastic handle and spring, and found a brash bushing is deformed and I can't get the brass bolt to work smoothly anymore (not to mention the black plastic
handle that contacts the brass nut head as wearing). Pretty disappointing given it is < 5 years old with very occasional use. Note the height adjustment hexnut on my fixed base is starting to strip out (which I frequently use for height adjustment on the router table). Appears I can possibly buy repairs parts for the plunge base, but disassembling it is a complete mystery. No idea how to get the rods removed.

Right now I'm inclined to buy a new plunge router. This makes my Bosch edge guide useless, and makes my Bosch 1617 my permanent router table motor (and I have the second fixed base to use once the one height adjustment on my existing one is fully stripped out...sigh).

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Otherwise I'm considering a refurbished Bosch 1617 combo kit that gives me yet another fixed base (a third one!), a new plunge base, and another 1617 router motor for $180. But I'm concerned about continuing to buy into Bosch where I'm having wear problems.

I'm a weekend warrior. I have used the Bosch for very occasional heavy panel bits. But probably only a few times a year for that. Otherwise right now I'm trying to use the plunge base to cut 1.5" deep mortises, and mostly use it for other cavity and roundover routing. Seems I can get away with the 1617 motor for my occasional panel bit use and that a smaller plunge router would work fine for my other jobs. (Though cutting 0.5" mortises 1.5" deep is kind of heavy).
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Did you ask Bosch if you could get a new bushing? You may be able to repair it for a couple of bucks.

I checked ebay, you're looking around $100 for a base.

The combo kit gives you a new base and an extra motor (always a good thing!)

Check your local Craigslist or classifieds for a used one. I saw a set on FB marketplace where the motor looked like crap, but the fixed and plunge base looked OK for only $99
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I would email those pictures to Bosch Customer Service and explain the problem. they are very responsive to problems and I would bet money they will make you happy.
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Hello and welcome to the router forum.
Call Bosch customer service see if they have a repair near you.
They probably will either Replace or fix it
A lot of members have that router and base and have had little to no problems with it.
You said that you have not used the base that much?
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what did Bosch have to say???

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Absolutely give Bosch a chance to make this right. I've had only excellent responses from them.
That's mainly why I buy Bosch tools.
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I have 2 of the 1617 models and they are great. One in a table and the other is for free hand.

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I sent the plunge base to a Bosch service center today. Thanks for the suggestion. It never really occurred to me to contact them. We'll see if they fix it and what they charge.
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I would email those pictures to Bosch Customer Service and explain the problem. they are very responsive to problems and I would bet money they will make you happy.
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Always a best first choice. Give Bosch a chance to make it right. What can you loose? If there are ever any problems I always contact the company and explain which gives them the opportunity to make good or at least offer their best advice.
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I agree to give Bosch a chance to make it right. I used to have the 1617PK but sold it because I just had too many PKs - the DW 618PK and the PC 893PK (I know shame on me, you never have enough).
If you ever you need a dedicated above the table plunge router I would strongly recommend the DW621 or if you need a brute the DW625 is my recommendation. I have both of them and have no complaints. For my table routing I use a Milwaukee 5625.
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