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Hopefully, youíll understand my question. Within the last year, I purchased a Bosch 1617EVSPK with both the plunge and fixed based. Then, I decided I needed a router table so I went with the small Bosch RA1181 and bought their lift. I am not a machinist so I wanted to minimize the adjustments/adaption I had to make. So, that router now sits in the table and Iím not inclined to take it in and out which renders the plunge base an expensive paper weight.

I want to get a router to use for hand held work, including operations that may/will require bushings. Thatís where it is really confusing. I could buy just the fixed base Bosch 1617 which would save a few dollars and utilize the plunge base I already have. But, in reading reviews etc. it looks like the Porter Cable bushings are the standard and Iíve read conflicting reviews on the bushings that fit the Bosch. I hate to go out and buy a new set up from Porter Cable that would have to include their plunge base. I do like the Bosch I have.

Am I over analyzing this? Any input would be appreciated specifically good quality bushings that will fit the Bosch (if such a thing exists). I will be trying dovetails and am waiting on the Rockler dovetail jig if that helps. My new router has to be Ĺ inch. Thanks for your help.
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Yep. Over analyzing, I think. I like the idea of buying the router with fixed base. Heck, you could attach that base to a shop made flush trim jig.

Check out threads I have started. One is a complete run down on the 1617, including adapters needed for the PC style guide bushings.
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Sub bases, including ones for PC bushings, are pretty easy to make. I think I've made 8 or 9 in the last year alone. Typically, I will make one for a specific project. I make them out of BB ply or lexan. Making one for a PC bushing takes a little care so you can center it but that's just a matter of slightly oversized screw holes. You need a couple of forstner bits to get the opening right and a drill press helps.
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I believe that there is an adapter for the Bosch router so you can use PC bushings.

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Here's the link to the Bosch info. Everything you need is in this document.
http://www.routerforums.com/general-...combo-kit.html
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Thank you all very much. The info MT provided sells me on the Bosch. You gave me everthing I needed to clear my head. Thanks again for all your responses and you help. Great forum.
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Hopefully, youíll understand my question. Within the last year, I purchased a Bosch 1617EVSPK with both the plunge and fixed based. Then, I decided I needed a router table so I went with the small Bosch RA1181 and bought their lift. I am not a machinist so I wanted to minimize the adjustments/adaption I had to make. So, that router now sits in the table and Iím not inclined to take it in and out which renders the plunge base an expensive paper weight.

I want to get a router to use for hand held work, including operations that may/will require bushings. Thatís where it is really confusing. I could buy just the fixed base Bosch 1617 which would save a few dollars and utilize the plunge base I already have. But, in reading reviews etc. it looks like the Porter Cable bushings are the standard and Iíve read conflicting reviews on the bushings that fit the Bosch. I hate to go out and buy a new set up from Porter Cable that would have to include their plunge base. I do like the Bosch I have.

Am I over analyzing this? Any input would be appreciated specifically good quality bushings that will fit the Bosch (if such a thing exists). I will be trying dovetails and am waiting on the Rockler dovetail jig if that helps. My new router has to be Ĺ inch. Thanks for your help.
Well of COURSE you need another router. Everybody needs another router. I have 6 and I'd like just one more. Yes, you are overanalysing. Buy the Bosch Fixed base. Then, when you get into dovetailing, (assuming you will be using both a dovetail bit and a straight bit instead of single pass with dovetail bit) you will have an excuse to buy a Porter Cable too. You'll get tired of swapping and setting up bits. You want to have two different brands so you can compare them, and also, to help you remember which router has which bit in it. This addiction is like any other . . . I can quit anytime I want to; I just don't want to.
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I have 4 different Porter Cable routers and really like them. If I were you I would buy another Bosch!
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I have a Bosch 1617 and I think it's the best. I built a large table for the router because I use it, the fixed base is mounted in the table, as a joiner. The plunge base is useful for all my other needs. I do have a Ryobi table and 1/4 shank router from a big box store that I use for smaller pieces. I really like the large table and have 2 fences for it. One as a joiner and the second for all other work. I can put a 2" x 8' rough sawn board through it with ease.
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