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There seems to be multiple versions of the Bosch 1617 router kits. I was looking at the Lowes’s version to buy when I found this Bosch 1617EVSTB version. This version seems to come with the fixed base and a router base adjustable from the top. Would this be a better Bosch router kit to buy if you are going to run the router in a Bosch router table or another router table? I am trying to figure out what to buy.
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There seems to be multiple versions of the Bosch 1617 router kits. I was looking at the Lowes’s version to buy when I found this Bosch 1617EVSTB version. This version seems to come with the fixed base and a router base adjustable from the top. Would this be a better Bosch router kit to buy if you are going to run the router in a Bosch router table or another router table? I am trying to figure out what to buy.
both bases are the same only one has handles and the other doesn't...
the one w/ handles is for free hand routering and the other is for mounting in a table...
both operate and adjust identically..
you swap the motor from base to base to fit the need...

the 1617EVSPK has a handled base and a plunge base and you still get to swap the motor base to base as the need arises...

The plunge base will do everything the fixed base will do but not the other way around...
you can still mount the fixed base w/ handles from the PK kit in a table and if need be the handles are easily removable...

IMO, the 1617EVSPK is the better way to go and gives you a slight edge in versatility over the EVSTB version..
you can purchase a fixed base w/o the handles if you so desire seperately...

http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1165-U.../dp/B0007VHPFK

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So the fix based with wood handles adjusts from the top with the hex key the same as the router table version?
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So the fix based with wood handles adjusts from the top with the hex key the same as the router table version?
yes....

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OK. I am back looking at the 1617EVSPK kit Lowes sells with the plunge base. Thanks for the info.
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Hi Lee. What stick says is correct but you have to buy the lift separately. The Bosch routers do not have the lift feature built in to them like the Triton router does. Either Bosch router you mentioned ARE also router table versions. But if you are looking to adjust from the top with a hex key, you will need the separate lift that stick provided the link to in his post.

Also, you can save about $27 (taking taxes and shipping versus the two separate purchase methods into consideration) if you buy a factory reconditioned one here:

http://www.cpooutlets.com/factory-re...=5&q=1617EVSPK

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Hi Lee. What stick says is correct but you have to buy the lift separately. The Bosch routers do not have the lift feature built in to them like the Triton router does. Either Bosch router you mentioned ARE also router table versions. But if you are looking to adjust from the top with a hex key, you will need the separate lift that stick provided the link to in his post.

Also, you can save about $27 (taking taxes and shipping versus the two separate purchase methods into consideration) if you buy a factory reconditioned one here:

Factory Reconditioned Bosch 1617EVSPK-RT 12 Amp 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit

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Ray...
the fixed base is the lift...

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Shop Bosch 2.25-HP Variable Speed Corded Router at Lowes.com

The one at Lowes has the base for and tool for above table, The reconditioned one does not appear to have it
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the fixed base is the lift...
Oh yes stick, I see now. They advertise:

"Now includes RA1161 fixed base with system for adjusting bit height from above a router table"

Sounds like a recent modification.

Sorry for steering you wrong Lee.

Thanks stick for the correction!

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Shop Bosch 2.25-HP Variable Speed Corded Router at Lowes.com

The one at Lowes has the base for and tool for above table, The reconditioned one does not appear to have it
You are right John, I see that now. The one at Lowes has the fixed base #RA1161 while the one at CPO has the fixed base #RA1160. The newer model at Lowes has the new feature: "Now includes RA1161 fixed base with system for adjusting bit height from above a router table"

I apologize again Lee for my misunderstanding. Was not aware of the upgrade. Am now.

Thanks John for the correction!

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