Love my Bosch 1617s. You might want to get a couple of small items you'll likely use later, including the Bosch RA1126 Quick Change Template Guide Adapter, Bosch RA1100 Threaded Router Template Guide Adapter, both of which are needed to use template guide bushings made for the Porter Cable. Can't recall the brand but I think it was Mike who suggested buying a bushing kit that all had slightly less than a quarter inch long tips so you can make templates out of quarter inch what we used to call Masonite instead of half inch stock. The Bosch bushings are made of steel, the PC type are generally brass, which is less likely to stain or mar surfaces. Yes, you need an adapter for the adapter--but it all works perfectly.
The edge guide comes with a dust extraction port. Bosch dust ports are all 35 mm so you will need to find an adapter from your vac hose to the correct size. I purchased a separate Bosch hose but you might be able to use either the Bosch VAC004 2-1/2 Inch Hose to 35mm Dust Hose Port Adapter or the Shop-vac 906-87-19 Universal Tool Adapter. All of these are available on Amazon.
Do you have a dust extraction port on the back of your router table fence? That helps some, but you'll also want to at least restrict dust falling beneath the table. For that you will need something to contain the dust (box with dust port in back for example).
I'm a throat cancer survivor, so I take dust collection very seriously and recommend others do as well. If you find yourself coughing after using tools, particularly if you have been cutting MDF, you'll quickly understand the need for dust collection and protection. For MDF and anything more than cutting a board or two, I wear a ventilated mask that uses a blower to suck fresh air through a filter. I got it from Rockler and really like it. Keep rechargeable AA batteries on hand for it. Its Rockler item #20029 Power Air Respirator, get an extra cartridge and extra filters to keep on hand. One bonus of this mask is that clean, fresh air escapes through the top of the mask, keeping glasses from fogging up. Woodriver has it for about the same price as well. Couldn't find it on Amazon.
I keep a box of surgical style dust masks if I'm doing one our two quick cuts because dust leaks from all tools. Keep the mask on after cutting because the worst and finest dust stays airborne for some time. About $6 at Harbor Freight or Amazon.
On bits: I've purchased one round over kit, but otherwise, I prefer to buy one bit at a time as I need them. I would also stick to half inch shank bits wherever possible. You might find a packet of half inch diameter grommets to drop into the collet so your bits don't bottom out, which can cause problems. For the most part, my preference is carbide tipped bits, although they are more fragile than steel, they have an extremely sharp edge.
I think you're going to love your setup. The accessories I mentioned are around ten bucks for the most part, except the power mask, which is worth every cent of the $80 on Rockler.
Have fun, be safe. Don't ever mess with bits with the router plugged in, at least don't if you like your fingers.
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