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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-05-2015, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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I currently own 2 pretty old routers. One is a Craftsman plunge router and the other is a Ryobi that I have mounted in a table I built years ago from plans in Shopnotes magazine.

I am actually looking to upgrade to a more powerful unit, mainly to be used in the cabinet. I have a short list of things I consider must haves but I have not found the exact combination yet. I figure with the vast knowledge of the members here, a lot of you will have suggestions for units i should consider.

Here are what I would ideally like to have on my new router in no particular order:

Both 1/4" & 1/2" collet capacity
Spindle lock
variable speed
soft start
plunge and fixed bases
minimum 2 HP
Above table height adjustment capability

With all that in mind, what say you?
Any and all suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated.
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There are a few that fit your description. Bosch 1617 combo will be the one most suggested.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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With all that in mind, what say you?
Any and all suggestions are welcome and greatly appreciated.
Bosch 1617EVSPK or MRC23EVSPK

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Welcome, Phil. the Bosch 1617EVSPK is on sale at Lowe's this month for $30 off ($189). Jim

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I also suggest the 1617 EVSPK kit, and $189 is a steal. However, it does not have a spindle lock, you use two wrenches. There is a newer model Bosch that has a spindle lock and a built in LED light. It is MRC23EVSK, but is is about $269 on Amazon. It is pretty much the same as the 1617, so the extra $80 is the premium for those two features. It is essentially the same as the 1617. Every Bosch tool I own is terrific.
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I also suggest the 1617 EVSPK kit, and $189 is a steal. However, it does not have a spindle lock, you use two wrenches. There is a newer model Bosch that has a spindle lock and a built in LED light. It is MRC23EVSK, but is is about $269 on Amazon. It is pretty much the same as the 1617, so the extra $80 is the premium for those two features. It is essentially the same as the 1617. Every Bosch tool I own is terrific.
Seems like the Bosch 1617 has quite a loyal following. The lack of spindle lock isn't a deal breaker for me. I actually have a Lowe's right up the street from my office so I will go by after work and take a look. I read some reviews and looked over the specs. It looks like this may be the "route(r)" I decide to take.

Thanks to all for the feedback.
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Welcome, Phil. the Bosch 1617EVSPK is on sale at Lowe's this month for $30 off ($189). Jim
Thanks for that tip. I like saving money.
Do you suggest buying the additional RA1165 Base to leave in my router table?
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It comes with a fixed and a plunge base. Turn one handle, and you can remove the motor and put it into the other base. Turn that handle, and it's ready to use.

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Hello Phil. I have a pair of the 1617's. One is in a fixed base under my router table. I have the second one set up in a plunge base for cutting half blind dovetails (for drawer boxes).

I have also use the router to cut raised panels for cabinet doors. It is a big cutter, but I run the router at it's slowest speed and make several passes. No problem.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Combo
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Phil, if you haven't bought it yet, check with your LOwes if you are a veteran. Lowes and HD give a 10% discount to veterans and active duty. In some areas it is available all the time, and in others, only or certain holidays. You could save even more on that router.
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