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I have found this unit for sale online, for $160 + $22 s&h.

I have one concern, however. In the description of the unit is the following:

"Factory Serviced, Factory Perfect ReconditionedTool"

The price seems too good to turn down, but I am concerned that this unit may have problems.

It does also indicate that there is a 30 day warranty, as well as a 1 year manufacturers warranty.

Does anyone here have experience purchasing reconditioned power tools?
 

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Hi,

I have purchased such tools and would again. I have read about a couple of "bosch" problems which at least for a while provided a good number of returns and thus easy to repair and resell routers (switch issue and corrosion issue).

When tools are returned most places return them to the manufacture for credit, in this case bosch who decides what and if any repairs need to be made.... Some tools are returned with no problems at all but they too are looked at. Since they can not be sold as "new" they are sold as you indicated.

I also have to say I have had one tool, a die grinder that "exploded" when I turned it on. Let me explain by what I mean by "exploded".... It had a plastic fan inside and when I first turned it on the fan went to pieces...... I switched it off shook out a lot of little plastic bits and returned it to the outlet center and got another one which has seen a lot of years of use. I guess what I'm saying is they are not 100% so you situation my prove different then mine.

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reible said:
I have read about a couple of "bosch" problems which at least for a while provided a good number of returns and thus easy to repair and resell routers (switch issue and corrosion issue).
I have read about these issues as well, and I am comfortable buying a Bosch, since it appears that they have addressed the issues and newer models no longer have the problems.

That having been said, even if there are a few minor issues with the switch and corrosion, The $70 some odd bucks I will save will go a long way towards fixing them if for some reason Bosch will not. Since this is my first router, and hopefully will not be my last, I think I will go ahead and pull the trigger!
 

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Buy it. It's a great deal. I got my 1617EVSPK for $159 and it's a reconditioned tool with full Bosch factory warranty. I love mine. The kit even came with a hard case.
 

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I have read about these issues as well, and I am comfortable buying a Bosch, since it appears that they have addressed the issues and newer models no longer have the problems.

That having been said, even if there are a few minor issues with the switch and corrosion, The $70 some odd bucks I will save will go a long way towards fixing them if for some reason Bosch will not. Since this is my first router, and hopefully will not be my last, I think I will go ahead and pull the trigger!
Hello jcmarco,

I think you have gotten a deal I also own the Bosch and my next Router will be a Bosch.
 

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OK,

Today was the day. The auction I was thinking about bidding on ended at 10 p.m., so I went to the local Lowes at lunch today to put my hands on the Bosch 1617 just to be sure that it was what I wanted.

While there, I noticed that they had one more promotion kit (1617EVSPKE)! At $219, This kit included the accessory kit worth $100. I figured that even with when compared to the online auction, This kit was a better deal by about $50, so I snatched it up!

So it is official. I have my router, and am ready to begin work. That is, once I pick up some bits. I think my first project will be some saw horses, then a router table, and then on to some of the kids chairs that reible posted in the Show 'N Tell section. My wife thinks they would bring a pretty penny at a craft sale!
 

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I also had a switch problem with my 1617 EVS. I ordered an new switch from Bosch and when I took the old one out it looked identical and even had the same P/N. I took the old one apart (just unsnap its clips) and found it clogged with sawdust. The boot under the rocker had become separated from the switch housing. I cleaned it and re-attached the boot with silicone. After snapping it back together I also sealed the small openings with silicone and reinistalled it. Works great! I kept the new switch for my second 1617 should it ever fail.
 

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Run, or at least let your fingers do the walking...

I have that package. I bought it new from Lowes for $219.00 four years ago. I have had a couple factory reconditioned units and I would definately buy them again. I would go for this in a heartbeat. I would remind you that it may have some scratches, but the unit itself should be in perfect working condition. Test it well so you can take advantage of that 30 day warranty, but I doubt you will need it. As has been mentioned previously, the vast majority of reconditioned tool buyers are happy with their purchases.

Good luck.
 

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This 3 year old post didn't really require a response. I am glad to see members reading through the old stuff for information, and I sure do not wish to discourage participation. I am very happy with my pair of 1617's, both have been trouble free.
 
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