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Hello my friends,

I recently sold my motorhome and car dolly, so I have a few $ to spend. The first thing I want is a new router to mount in my table. I am leaning towards a Bosch. I think it is the 1617 or if someone can suggest the proper numbers I would appreciate it. The next thing I am considering is a ceiling mounted dust filter. Again looking for recommendations. My shop is about 18.5' x 24' and the ceiling id about 8' 3''. I have been looking at used radial saws and I'd really like one but no room. I have a table saw and a mitre saw and a band saw so I guess I can do without the radial saw. I just thought I could leave my dado blades in it and not have to set them up every time in the T/S. I'm not ready to take the plunge into CNC yet, but that might come. I see all the beautiful pieces made in these and I am getting more interested. Can you think of something else that I should be considering that I don't have ?

On another note, I have decided to close my woodworking school. I advertised 3 times during August for a fall course and no one appears interested. In a way it's a good thing, it will give me more time to do my stuff.

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Hey, Dan; Bosch 1617EVSPK is the complete package, plunge base included. If you only want a fixed base for the table, it's a 1617 EVS.
I went that route and ended up having to buy the plunge base separately at probably twice the cost, after I decided that my 1619 was getting too heavy and I really liked the lighter 1617EVS...but I still don't like those glossy wooden knobs.
If it's really dedicated to a table installation, the plunge base is useless for that purpose. Yeh, I know some members recommend it, then go on to explain how you basically have to dismantle it to lock the springs out. I've yet to hear a logical reason for buying a piece of equipment then crippling it...
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I think what you are looking for is the Bosch combo. Factory number is 1617EVSPK; Woodcraft #822704, if that is relevant. WC cost is $219.00. If you have any money left over, my birthday is next week. Hint! Hint!
Unit by itself is 1617EVS @$169.00.
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John; Dan's up here in Canada...we can only dream of prices like that. For starters there's a 25% exchange rate on the currency (more or less) and I'm guessing that this NAFTA bs may well mean the end of duty free woodworking tools(?).
https://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-1617EVSP.../dp/B00005RHPD
https://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-1617EVS-.../dp/B00004TKHV
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I saw the 1617 EVSPK kit for about $160 earlier today. Can't recall where.

No question the 1617 is great, but for the table, I really prefer the Triton TRA001 for the table. It costs about the same as just a lift for the 1617. It's too heavy for freehand work for me, so I have 1617s for that purpose. The Triton has a full 1 hp over the Bosch.

I have a WEN hanging air filter in my shop and another in my garage shop. Very inexpensive (one was $99 at Walmart on sale), but exactly the same specks and unit as the Griz. About a third the price of the Jet, which has a bigger case, but same size motor, filters, etc. Has a remote to set lenght of run and fan speed. Works well.

Sorry to hear about the course. We have a big problem going to give courses in Canada. NAFTA is an expensive and tricky obstacle, even though we're the only ones consulting in the specialty in the whole world. We're not doing anyone out of a job. (sore subject)

Take a look at the Shark Guard or an overarm DC collector, anything to do with reducing stray sawdust is a good thing. Keep the rest tucked away or you'll spend it and it'll be gone when you find that perfect item.
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Wow John I wish I could pay that for it !
Happy birthday in advance. LOL

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Tom it was a hard decision between the Bosch and the Triton. You are making me second guess myself. I'll see when I go to the stores to look before I buy.
The Wen from Walmart, is that from a store or online ? I have never seen any tools other than cordless drills and maybe a circ saw at Walmart here. I sure love that price !
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I sold my radial arm saw several years ago and have never missed it. A good sliding miter saw is a better option for most things. Just my opinion.

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Tom it was a hard decision between the Bosch and the Triton. You are making me second guess myself. I'll see when I go to the stores to look before I buy.
The Wen from Walmart, is that from a store or online ? I have never seen any tools other than cordless drills and maybe a circ saw at Walmart here. I sure love that price !
Online with free local store delivery. Bought several items from them. The online store has a lot of good tools online. I generally check the online stores these days and find good prices. If you find a low price, you can price match it at HD. The WEN tools I have are very good, and the air filter is so good I bought another. Turn it on for a couple of hours and the air is really clean. Hang from the ceiling in the middle of a wall so it sets up a circular circulation pattern. I don't dirct it toward the floor, who needs to stir that mess up. I also bought extra filters, although they are pretty common. You can blow out the filters with compressed air if you wish--just do it outside with a mask on.

The other thing about WalMart is the return policy is really great, and the boxes arrive in pretty good shape.

You aren't going to go wrong with the Bosch. I used mine in the table for some time. I bought a Rockler lift for the Bosch (and a motor only for the table) and didn't much like the lift (sold it to Herb). When replacement time came, I went for the Triton and really like it. I kept my two 1617s and keep one in the plunge the other in the fixed base.

Harry got me turned on to the Triton, and I thought it over for awhile because they had really bad distributors at the time. Now I own several Triton tools and like them all.
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