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03-05-2018 12:40 PM
DesertRatTom The two adapters needed to use the PC bushings are really cheap, about $12 US. I agree on the the edge guide, which is remarkably robust and not very expensive at all. It can also be used as a circle cutting jig, $31 on Amazon.
03-05-2018 11:22 AM
DaninVan You mean like the Bosch guide bushing set?
https://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-RA1128-8...BMPRKV945NQMW5
https://www.amazon.ca/Shop-Fox-D3117...BMPRKV945NQMW5
And the edge guide (essential!)
https://www.blackrocktools.com/bosch...180305162038:s
That's a good price, by the way.
03-05-2018 11:12 AM
Roy Philippsohn Ok, so I caved in. I was at lowes yesterday and saw they had the bosch 23 series with the plunge base on sale for 284CAD which was less than the bosch 1617 so I picked it up.
Haven’t had time to unbox it yet but looks like ill need to buy all sorts of adaptors to be able to actually work with it.
Thank you all for the tips and information.
03-04-2018 10:17 PM
DesertRatTom I have 2 1617s, one kit, the other just the motor which was in a lift. Since then I've put a Triton TRA001 in the table, so I now keep a motor in each base. One other thing I like about the Bosch are all the great quality accessories, including dust collection. What I don't like about the Bosch is the switch on the top edge. I do like the ball handles on the fixed base. I had a foot switch on it when it was in the table. The plunge base handles are nice and beefy. It is odd that you need two adapters to use Porter Cable guide bushings, but they are solid once installed. The Bosch bushings are made of steel, and I'd prefer brass. Bosch bushings work just fine, you just don't have the variety without the adapter. For example, bushings with a short collar for working with thin templates. That's my two bits..
03-04-2018 10:14 PM
Terry Q
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Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
So, how is the electrical carried from the motor to the handle? I can't see any cabling in the picture I included?

As I said in my comment, another member had complained about that issue...I agree, having the switch on the motor of the 1617 isn't as ergonomically desirable (my vote would go to a handle switch).


There is no cable, an electrical connection is made when the motor is inserted into the base.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
03-04-2018 05:35 PM
Danman1957 Welcome from Montreal Roy.

I think the Bosch or Triton are both good choices.

Dan
03-04-2018 05:14 PM
DaninVan
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The MRP23 is no harder to switch over from base to base then anything else. There are two major features that distinguish the 1617 and 23. The electrical connection between the base and motor that allows the switch to be on the handle, with obvious advantages over holding on with one hand and turning the switch on with the other. The other is a light to make it easier to see.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
So, how is the electrical carried from the motor to the handle? I can't see any cabling in the picture I included?
As I said in my comment, another member had complained about that issue...I agree, having the switch on the motor of the 1617 isn't as ergonomically desirable (my vote would go to a handle switch).
03-04-2018 04:59 PM
Terry Q The MRP23 is no harder to switch over from base to base then anything else. There are two major features that distinguish the 1617 and 23. The electrical connection between the base and motor that allows the switch to be on the handle, with obvious advantages over holding on with one hand and turning the switch on with the other. The other is a light to make it easier to see.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
03-04-2018 03:01 PM
DaninVan Another member recently pointed out that the MRP23 plunge had the switch in the handle making for awkward and time consuming base switches(?)...
This page snip seems to support that. Never had a 23 in my hands, but the 1617 certainly swaps over very quickly and easily.
The picture below seems not to be the same router style???
03-04-2018 02:54 PM
DaninVan Another member mentioned that Bosch was bringing out a new model to replace the now retired 1619EVS...looking forward to seeing the new technology.
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