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Obviously, I haven't done much routing. I just finished my first table and had a bit of difficulty adjust my Bosch 1617 plunge depths. The router works fine. I just felt clumsy trying to get another 1/16" of depth. I basically moved the stop, if that's what its called and pushed the plate down until I got the depth. But, this feels real clunky and required a lot of trial and error.

I'm guessing there is a very easy way to do this. Yes?

I've got the fixed base but still having problems switching between plunge and fixed. Also, my bit is 2" long and I couldn't get it so not stick out in the fixed base. Not a good thing when I only want 5/16" of bit.

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Hi Burt:

You have the right technique, almost.
1. With the router off, position the bit down to touching the work surface. Lock the plunge. (On the 1617EVS, release the plunge lever.)
2. Loosen the depth stop.
3. Use something like a brass measuring bar between the depth stop and turret.
4. Lock the depth stop, while holding the measuring item between the stop and turret.
5. Release the plunge, allowing the router to rise.

You're now ready to plunge again, this time with the router on.

As for bit not sticking out far enough with the fixed base, I wonder if you are (1) inserting the router properly into the base and (2) mounting the bit properly in the collet. With a 2" bit in my 1617EVS, I have no problem getting a 2" deep cut. When you insert the router into the base, are depressing the lever on the base to allow the router to move down? When I insert my router into the fixed base, I always depress the level on the base, to permit the router to enter the base properly.


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Easy enough to remove the turret and user spacers to acquire the next depth.
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Notwithstanding, for safety's sake no cutter should start out extended beyond the casting with the motor head fully retracted.
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Notwithstanding, for safety's sake no cutter should start out extended beyond the casting with the motor head fully retracted.
Hi Quillman:

Whenever one can do this, one should.

However, some woodworkers use bits longer than the 2-3/8-inch range of the adjuster of the RA1161 Fixed Base or longer than the range of motion of the plunge action of the RA1166 plunge base. For example, some members here are mentioned using a 3"-long bit.

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I use one that's 5 " long from time to time

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