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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Just about to take the plunge and get a plunge router primarily for trying my hand at signs, I have pretty much made up my mind I want a Bosch 1617EVSPK. My biggest concern is if this is too big for sign making? I know there are smaller available and they would be easier to handle but I want to be able to use it for other things especially if I end up not liking signs it would be big enough for doing other task. I believe it weights in at 19lbs, but I am a big boy 6' 3 1/2" 245lbs. I have already made up a list of accessories I want with the 1617. What ever I end up with it has to be a plunge router.
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The shipping weight for the kit may be 19lbs, the router and plunge base alone shouldn't be!

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I had not thought about that, 2 bases when you can only use one at a time that has to reduce by a couple of pounds + the rest of the kit & case.

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I think Duane is correct. I doubt very much it is 20 pounds ..... at least I hope not. I don't know anyone, regardless of their size, that would want to wrestle a router of that size.

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I use the plunge base regularly on my 1617. It's definitely not 20 pounds.

You will find that the router is nimble enough for sign making and large enough to use large cutters in the table.

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The heaviest router is the PC 7538 at 18-1/2 lbs, the 1617 is a feather weight compared to it.

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The 1617 with fixed base is 7.7 pounds,
the Plunge base alone is 4.6 pounds
After you swap bases it should be around 10 Lbs.

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Hi, Bob; I don't know what my Bosch 1619 plunge router weighs but I have no real problem with using it for mortising on the sides of vertical posts. Must be a similar weight to the 1617? On flat horizontal surfaces the weight isn't really an issue as the work surface is supporting it.
(I'm 6' 185lbs.)
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Well I bit the bullet and got the Bosch 1617EVSPK, RA1173AT dust collection accessories, VAC005 vacuum hose, RA1126 quick release adapter, RA1100 adapter for PC style bushings, RA1151 Centering Pin & Cone, RA1054 Deluxe Router Edge Guide. Have not done much except to try a free hand sign and love the dust collection. It did not leave a mess all over the shop.

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The heaviest router is the PC 7538 at 18-1/2 lbs, the 1617 is a feather weight compared to it.
...And Mike would know. He's tried and had more routers in his garage than I've
seen in stores, and that's a lot

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