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My buddy doesn’t know squat about routers , and he wants to buy his first . I’m trying to talk him into getting a Bosch 1617 evs , but he says in the reviews that it’s a hassle to install the guide .
I’m assuming he’s talking about the edge guide that has rails that go into the holes of the routers base .
When he reads reviews they complain about needing to turn some screw that no one makes a driver for .
Does anyone have a clue what the heck he’s referring to? He also mentioned removing the base to install the guide , but I’m assuming the base stays on.
As I’m saying , he doesn’t have a clue , and his bible is youtube , but I’m curious as to what this huge problem is he’s referring to regarding this elusive screw ?
 

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I’ve been trying to tell him that for years. Drives me crazy some days. I told him to join here, but he’ll have none of that , as youtube is his bible , and that is that
that's his problem...
you can lead a horse to water.....
we're not gonna change him nor be able to help him...
 

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He likes the Kool Aid better than water. I don't think I have ever used the edge guide for the 1617 since I got it. No reason to yet, It looks like it has 2 bar positions for the 1617 and the Colt with separate thumb screws.
Not sure if this is what he is talking about, It is a reasonable price for this quality asessory.
HErb
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Deluxe...bosch+router+edge+guide&qid=1596079928&sr=8-2
 

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Rick; your buddy is out to lunch. The Bosch edge guide is so easy to use that a kid could figure it out.
Yeh there are four thumbscrews on the shafts, two more hold the shaft to the cast base...no base removal required. In fact I can't even picture why a person would want to(?).
Two of the thumbscrews allow you to move the whole guide assembly in or out for rough location and the other two are for the fine adjustment, which is extremely precise.
Perhaps he shouldn't be allowed near power tools (or anything sharp for that matter... ;) ).
 

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Rick; your buddy is out to lunch. The Bosch edge guide is so easy to use that a kid could figure it out.
Yeh there are four thumbscrews on the shafts, two more hold the shaft to the cast base...no base removal required. In fact I can't even picture why a person would want to(?).
Two of the thumbscrews allow you to move the whole guide assembly in or out for rough location and the other two are for the fine adjustment, which is extremely precise.
Perhaps he shouldn't be allowed near power tools (or anything sharp for that matter... ;) ).
I agree . He was trying to tell me that I should buy one of these new small plunge saws , as he watched all the reviews on YouTube and the craftsman was up there in the ratings .
Apparently on youtube you can dam near do anything you can with a tablesaw , so he bought one. I told him buy a skil saw at the very least , and not this small hand held piece of junk .
Recently he’s trying to cut some sections of plywood to build shelving,when it catches the plywood and goes flying in the air narrowly missing his fingers .
He took it back and bought a dewalt tablesaw lol. Unfortunately he doesn’t take constructive criticism well
 

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I agree . He was trying to tell me that I should buy one of these new small plunge saws , as he watched all the reviews on YouTube and the craftsman was up there in the ratings .
Apparently on youtube you can dam near do anything you can with a tablesaw , so he bought one. I told him buy a skil saw at the very least , and not this small hand held piece of junk .
Recently he’s trying to cut some sections of plywood to build shelving,when it catches the plywood and goes flying in the air narrowly missing his fingers .
He took it back and bought a dewalt tablesaw lol. Unfortunately he doesn’t take constructive criticism well
He stands to get seriously hurt in the long run. Safe operation of a tool - and knowing its limits - the FIRST thing you do with one. Even then, close calls are just around the corner on any ‘new’ experience we might go through. You did your job, let him learn the YT way.
 

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The beauty of the edge guide/circler cutter is the 2 rods that set distance are standard 3/8 rod. I needed to cut an 8 foot arc. picked up the longer rods i needed at the local blacksmith shop and cut a perfect arc
 

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Thanks, Charlie, for that! There was a recent discussion here re what guides would fit what routers, and igot as far as checking the diameter of my (various) routers and guides, but didn't pursue it any further. Good to know about the standard sizing on the Bosch.

Re Rick's buddy and his new toy; "Perhaps he shouldn't be allowed near power tools (or anything sharp for that matter... )." Did I see that coming or what? :)
 

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Thanks, Charlie, for that! There was a recent discussion here re what guides would fit what routers, and igot as far as checking the diameter of my (various) routers and guides, but didn't pursue it any further. Good to know about the standard sizing on the Bosch.

Re Rick's buddy and his new toy; "Perhaps he shouldn't be allowed near power tools (or anything sharp for that matter... )." Did I see that coming or what? :)
You called it . The incident was beneficial for me , as he finally quit talking about what a great tool it was .
I seen the cuts he made as he tried to follow a piece of wood as a guide . The cuts were none to accurate lol, but you gotta humour this guy , as he’s one of these people who likes to dish it out , but can’t take it . And I mean on a level you’ve never seen before.

Now he wants to own his first router , and I tried to sway him towards getting the Bosch 1617 evs , but YouTube’s really got him convinced to go with Rigid :lol:
Guys just so you know , I’m not making this up,and it’s practically happening daily
 

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The reviews that rated the Bosch edge guide as a big problem were probably written by users that were not a smart as the guide itself.
 

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I made a few edge guides, based on Mr Pat Warner's designs. I purchased drill rods from McMaster Carr, and Bronze tipped set screws to lock the rods in. They are sweet!

Then I bought the Bosch edge guide shown, at a good price, discounts, etc.

I was not impressed... The diameter of the rods are extremely sloppy in the base holes. They lock in place. Ok it works.

I am a machinist, precision is a must, within reason. I'm not unreasonable, just practical when it needs to be.

Maybe I am over reacting, a little. I guess because I appreciate, and understand precision in tooling. I was just a little shocked that Bosch would make it that sloppy.

Rick I hope your friend does not hurt himself. No one needs that.

My comments are not intended to upset or bash anyone. I just wanted to share my personal thoughts, since I have one and can compare it to something else.

Ellery "Bud" Becnel
 

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I was not impressed... The diameter of the rods are extremely sloppy in the base holes. They lock in place. Ok it works.

I am a machinist, precision is a must, within reason. I'm not unreasonable, just practical when it needs to be.

Maybe I am over reacting, a little. I guess because I appreciate, and understand precision in tooling. I was just a little shocked that Bosch would make it that sloppy.

Ellery "Bud" Becnel
the Bosch guide is designed for use on multiple models of routers...
they also made it so you could use either SAE or metric diametered rods in an assortment of diameters, rounds and hexes.........
having versatility sure was nice when I went to 60'' rods...
 

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I can't argue that the holes in the casting aren't 'sloppy' size wise, they are, but it doesn't seem to have any effect (affect?) on performance at all.

When the setscrew tightens down the contact between the rod and the hole is at the bottom face of the hole and works the same as gripping a pipe in a 'V' notch. The rod is gripped solidly. Never had one slip, and isn't that really the point?
In any case, Ellery, you get full marks for making your own! :)
 
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