Ed, you can order Bosch items from Lowe's stores or to find a local service center visit: http://www.boschtools.com/?source=goog and enter your zip code. My personal opinion is this is a waste of money, it is super easy to adjust the 1617's from under the table. Still I can understand why some people would need this option.
Hey, I just bought one of these myself off of ebay. It is not the RA1165, it is the new fixed based that is coming with the bosch 1617 routers. Simply put, it is the basic same thing, but it comes with the base plate and the handles. Works nicely too!
I believe, which I confirmed on Bosch's website, it is the RA1161. I do recall from the parts manual that it will fit both the 1617 and 1618 router platforms, as does the RA1165.
Basically the RA1161 is meger of the RA1165 and the original fixed base. When I got mine, I simply removed the handles and the base plate, and attached it to my router table using the same screw holes that I had the standard fixed base on previously.
As an FYI, that RA1165 WAS posted on the website. It looks like they have removed it since all their new 1617 models come with the RA1161.
Also, the vendor who is selling that base, I have made a few purchases from, and they have all gone VERY smoothly.
gsmilo52, I have the Bosch 1617 combo unit, fixed base mounted in a Grizzly table, I set my initial bit setting while installing the bit and lock in place. To adjust from above, you are correct, you have to release the height adjustment lever then either adjust from above or below the table. Since I made my initial setup which is usually pretty close, run a test piece, release the adj. lock and adjust from above, easy to do either way. Just make sure you relock the height adj. lever..make sure to unplug power for safety.
I don't want to hijack this thread, but it seems a good place to ask. I am building a table using two layers of 3/4 inch melamine covered MDF and would like recommendations for the best plate for a 1617.
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