Phillip, your question is a good one. Manufacturers play around with the HP ratings like anything else. 746 watts = 1 HP, so your 1400 watt motor is a fraction under 2 HP. I say call it a 2 HP and don't worry about it. HP ratings or watts are only a reference to compare models. A good example of this is the way routers are rated in the U.S. Most 3-1/4 HP routers are rated at 15 amps @ 120 vac. Actual voltage can vary between 110 and 120 depending on the service load. (Average is about 117) This means one of these routers would run between 1650 - 1800 watts. The Bosch 1617 is rated between 2 - 2-1/4 HP depending on which motor is involved, all are rated at 12 amps. Today I purchased the new Bosch MRC23EVSK which is rated at 2.3 HP and 15 amps. Is this confusing enough? My take on all this is the Bosch 1617 has a lot more power than a PC 690 (rated at 1.5 HP), a little more power than the PC 890 series routers (rated at 2-1/4 HP). As I test out the new "23" I expect to feel more power than with the 1617, perhaps as much as my PC 7518 (rated 3-1/4 HP). Time will tell, watch for the review.
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