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I have a 1617 with both plunge and fixed bases. The fixed has a D-Handle which I'm used to. In an upcoming project I plan on using two routers that will be set to specifics of my project with the Leigh dovetail Jig.
I need to buy an other Bosch with a fixed base but so far have only found a 1618 with a D-Handle. Is there a difference that would be of any concern?
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About the only complaint we ever hear about the 1617 is the handles. Not everyone likes them so some of the members at least would prefer using the D handled model for that job as it makes the router easier to handle.
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I like the knobs. For this purpose, I'd consider a foot switch to turn on and off. The switch location on the 1617 is the only thing I don't like much about it.

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So are the base plates interchangeable?
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I used to see a kit I think of the 1617 with plunge, fixed, and D handle bases. I can't recall seeing it lately. It's the same motor in every case so the bases interchange.

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What is an 1618? I have never even seen one listed. Maybe a euro model?
Put me down for knobs,too, I learned on knobs,used D handle, never could get used to them, but I can use them if that is the only type around.
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What is an 1618? I have never even seen one listed. Maybe a euro model?
Put me down for knobs,too, I learned on knobs,used D handle, never could get used to them, but I can use them if that is the only type around.
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Check Ebay lots of Bosch bases and 1617 for sale.
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Bosch 1617 EVS is powerful.
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