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Have a Bosch 1614 EVS plunge router I acquired in 1994 but have not used much. Starting to expand my talents and want to get a router table. Have seen comments about placing plunge router under a table as not being too accommodating. Is that an absolute negative....plunge router under a table....or do I need a new standard router??
If I go with one of the Bosch tables for now I will need to get a new base plate to adapt it to but that should be no problem. Just need to know if it is all doable.
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There is nothing negative about a plunge router under the table. I got my plunge router under the table and couldn’t be happier. Now I can use it under the table or pop it out and use it handheld.

Of course since I removed the plunge springs, when I use it hand held is not a “plunge” any more but rather a “hold & lower” type but that’s no problem.

On the other hand it’s a good idea to have 2 routers depending on your needs and budget. Two routers provide more flexibility.

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Gary, with the springs removed a plunge router works super under a table. This is the prefered method of Bob and Rick from the Router Workshop. Today many brands are sold as combo kits with both the fixed and plunge base. This is why you hear so often about mounting the fixed base in the table, so the plunge base is available for free hand use. There is no need to be concerned about which table you use to mount your router. You will have to drill holes in the mounting plate for most of them. This is easy to do and described elsewhere on the forums.

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Have a Bosch 1614 EVS plunge router I acquired in 1994 but have not used much. Starting to expand my talents and want to get a router table. Have seen comments about placing plunge router under a table as not being too accommodating. Is that an absolute negative....plunge router under a table....or do I need a new standard router??
If I go with one of the Bosch tables for now I will need to get a new base plate to adapt it to but that should be no problem. Just need to know if it is all doable.
Thanks.
I was pretty much in the same situation as you. I have the Bosch 1613 plunge router that I bought around 1994 and didn't use much. When first reading your message, I had to think twice to make sure I hadn't posted it.

I decided to add a fixed base, 2.25 hp router to dedicate to my table and keep the plunge router for handheld work. After some research, I settled on the Bosch (1617 EVS), Milwaukee or Porter Cable 892. I happened to run across the PC first (last weekend at a woodworking show), so I bought it. If I use it enough, I could see picking up the Bosch and Milwaukee in the future as well (I like quantity and variety ).
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Thanks for the response. Have decided to do the same thing as you.....just get another router for the table and have the plunge router for free hand work. Am looking at the Bosch line just cause I plan to get the Bosch table. Like to keep things simple that way....actually rather anal that way.
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Thanks for the response. Have decided to do the same thing as you.....just get another router for the table and have the plunge router for free hand work. Am looking at the Bosch line just cause I plan to get the Bosch table. Like to keep things simple that way....actually rather anal that way.
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Puck, I'm in the process of building a table, using the Bosch 1617EVS. I discovered that Bosch makes an above table adjustable base (Part # RA 1165). It is basically the fixed base with the depth adjustment rod retrofitted to accept an allen wrench from the top. My cost was about $60.00. For the price, I thought it would be a lot more efficient than removing either the fixed or plunge base when swapping out the router from the table. The newer 1616, 1617 series remove the motor from the base with a small clamp. The RA 1165 under table base uses the same clamp.

Also, if you decide to build your own table, Rockler has a snazzy aluminum plate, in different configurations, that will accept different brands of routers. I bought the 8" x 11" plate, # 35625, which is on clearance at one of the local Rockler stores, for $25. It comes with mounting bolts, leveling screws and two inserts.

Good luck on the table. I can't wait to use mine. The laminate glue is drying as I type.

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