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I have a Bosch 1617 router, fixed and plunging base.

I’m running into a problem when I go to put the motor housing back into the base. The motor housing doesn’t easily slide into the base. It sticks. Almost as if there is some binding. I have to constantly take it out, reposition the motor with respect to the base to get it to slide in. Problem is with both fixed and plunging bases.

I’m assuming the body of the router needs some cleaning. I cleaned it a few weeks ago with a brass brush and some silicone spray, and that helped a lot. My question is how often does this type of cleaning need to be done to prevent the this problem from reoccurring? Are there other steps I should be taking? Does the fact that my shop is in an unheated garage contribute to this problem?


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I'm thinking this was an old problem with some of their routers.

Have you had the router several years?

My understanding is the it's made from magnesium and has issues. If this being the case u hear Bosch will replace it for free...
 

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I'm thinking this was an old problem with some of their routers.

Have you had the router several years?

My understanding is the it's made from magnesium and has issues. If this being the case u hear Bosch will replace it for free...
It’s not that old. I purchased back in January of 2019. The exact model number is 1617EVSPK


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From my use of these routers you need to match the groove with the motor and there's a slight turn near the end. Brushing and cleaning shouldn't be necessary unless there's debris on the unit, particularly the groove. Have a good look at the motor and the base. The manual also should cover this.
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From my use of these routers you need to match the groove with the motor and there's a slight turn near the end. Brushing and cleaning shouldn't be necessary unless there's debris on the unit, particularly the groove. Have a good look at the motor and the base. The manual also should cover this. View attachment 397358
Yes. The groove on the body of the motor housing has to be lined up with a pin on the inside of the base. There are arrows on both that help you position the motor housing with the base, but again, even when I line up everything, I still have issues with the motor housing not sliding smoothly into the base.


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I had the same issue with mine a few years back. I ended up sanding, and polishing some high spots that developed. Probably my rough insertion of the motor into the fixed base. Once I blended everything in it has been smooth sailing! I am now more careful. I had to work the motor and the housing together.
I have purchased another fixed base and motor since then. Now I have both plunge and fixed base available for handheld, and the fixed base stays in one of my RT. Both motors slide easily into the RT base, No issues!
I hope this helps in your quest.

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