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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Default New to the site - also need answers for Bosch router

Don't usually 'join' user groups (find many are not well attended) . This one seems to break that mold and IS well used.

Am involved with a kitchen redo; I'm making my own cabs.

Had to buy a new router (Craftsman 2 hp) to handle the larger shank/bit sizes for frame and panel doors, mounted on my router table. Went with Sears since their tools have been staples in my shop (garage) for 40+ years. However, I used it about 20 hours and the thing just died! Took it apart cleaned what I could and still nothing. Still has power (the LEDs work just fine). I suspect it's a bum switch but at $50+ to replace it I'm not going to bother. Also have discovered over the last few years that Craftsman quality (on anything) has seriously degraded. Won't be buying from them again.

Bought a Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25 hp (both bases) as a replacement (used Bosch before in a commercial shop and you can't kill 'em). Any one know about this machine? Also, yes, I've read the reviews and this one has a few problems but nothing that can't be overcome. However, I'm curious about the performance of this one.
-The collett is machined so closely that I can't get my bits into it!! Scavenged the old collet/nut off the Craftsman and that fits fine.
-The major thing, however, is the speed (variable on this model, three 'lower end' (8K,13.5K,16.5K) three 'upper end' (20K, 21.5K, 25K). Usually, at 25K rpm ANY router will really tune out your hearing with a deafening shriek. However, it is my impression (I don't have a TAC) on this one, that the lower end seems to go so slowly that it is more like the speed on a buffer for your car; I can put my finger on the collett nut and almost feel the vibrations of the shoulders. At the top end, it is also my impression that it has the sound of 10K on my previous Craftsman. Is it really that quiet or is it a faulty speed switch/motor? If I had a way to make a .wav file I'd include it but I don't so I can't.

Curiously, this thing cuts through ASH at the lower end like putty with absolutely no dogging down! I need some advice on this before I call it 'defective' and return it for another one.

Please advise!?

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Welcome to the forum. Never heard of 50$ for a switch. But I never buy Craftsman anything anymore. Sears is dying and there is no CS with them.
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Hi, Jack; welcome!
I have a Bosch 1619 and You'll have to tear it from my rigor mortised fingers.
Bosch has been my first choice in power tools for at least 15 years. Used to be Porter Cable but, as you've noticed, everything changes.
If the router does what you want, and well, why are you worried about the rpm's?
A lot of members here have commented favourably in past threads on the 1617.
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I have the 1617 too. Sounds to me like yours is working just fine!

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I just finished making raised panel doors for my cabinets with the 1617. When milling the raised panels, I made four passes with the router running at it's slowest speed. Worked for me. Note: This was poplar I was cutting. I used the Freud quadra cut raised panel bit.

I also used the quadra cut Freud premium rail and stile bit set to rout the frames.

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Nice job on the doors, Mike!
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