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Greetings from Hancock County! My name is Kelly, I'm recently retired from land surveying and have started fixing up my wood working shop a bit for general puttering. I look forward to exploring this site and in sharing with you some of my projects, some of which include the use of my new Bosch 1617. It replaces my 35-year old 1604... more on that later in my review if of the RA1054 which I hope to post later after I learn my way around this forum, and I'm allowed to add images to my posts.

Be well and stay safe!

Kelly
 

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Hello N/A and welcome to the forums...
We're happy you found us...

About that inquisitiveness of yours... We are all over that, we can help, we really can, w/ have some ''light reading'' for you...
We've gathered together is a bunch of pertinent/relative information on routering in this here link ... You should find everything (at least most) quite useful, a lot of help and get you off to a running start in the world of routers... Enjoy...

Do take some time and read the safety PDF's... PLEASE!!!
Blood and trips to the ER, we find, are very annoying... Not to mention – expensive...

We do welcome all questions on about any subject you can come up w/ too....
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whoops...
I went by your ICON box and addressed you as N/A..
Kelly. can I suggest you make a few profile entries or you'll just be know as N/A.....

you can post pictures any time as long as they are on the device you're posting from...

I'm sill using my '04 in a D handle base to cut splines...
 

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can I suggest you make a few profile entries or you'll just be know as N/A.....
Got it - thanks for the reminder.


...you can post pictures any time as long as they are on the device you're posting from.
Can you place the images uploaded from my posting device inline? or only as an attachment?

As for why to retire the old 1604, recently a failed bit flew apart and took with it a few fins off of the impeller.
 

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Got it - thanks for the reminder.

Can you place the images uploaded from my posting device inline? or only as an attachment?

As for why to retire the old 1604, recently a failed bit flew apart and took with it a few fins off of the impeller.
call Bosch...
you may be able to get a replacement fan...
offshore bargain bit???

I don't know about the posting pics in line...
 

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Seems to have worked so yes, you can post inline by typing you text and choosing the "insert image" link above, yellow one looks like a mountain and sun and add the link but this is for pictures that are on the internet so maybe not what you were asking after all. Need more coffee.....It has been done as I've seen in some of Herb's posts so maybe he'll let us all know the magic behind it.
 

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call Bosch...
you may be able to get a replacement fan...
offshore bargain bit???
When I contacted Bosch back in June asking if it (the 1604) was safe to operate in this condition, the only advice they offered was that it would eventually cause uneven wear on the motor's bearings. They didn't offer to replace the impeller or the bit, but did thank me for being a loyal customer. Generally speaking, and FWIW, the parts for the 1604 are no longer available.

The bit that blew up in March and caused the impeller damage was most likely a 1/2" straight Freud, which BTW, Freud replaced for free under its lifetime warranty. The first (mishap) occurred during a shallow (1/8") first cut into a piece of oak I had lovingly hand planed and trued up for the shooting board I was in the process of making - see attached photo before the blow up. It is possible that the second bit that broke was a 30-something-year old Bosch 85250 M 1/4" straight bit which was several weeks later in June when I actually made a closer inspection of the 1604.
 

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Welcome to the forum Kelly. I think you'll find it both amusing and informative
Thanks Steven! Yes, and it seems most friendly too. The thing I noticed first; however, was the generally nice looking appearance of the blog, forum, and much of the imagery (+1 to Cricket). The second thing noticed was the vibrancy of the participants; another plus!

This is a test for inline photos.
Thanks for doing this. Tests are good!
 

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Hi Kelly and welcome. You are able to post pics from your 1st post onward as long as they are from your hard drive. We used to have lots of members trying to post from services like photobucket and that required the 10 post criteria to do that but we rarely see that being used anymore. The list of acceptable formats is listed and they are a bit limited and no video formats are available. For that post on youtube and then add a link to the video (after 10 posts).
 
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Welcome to the Router Forums Kelly.
 

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The bit that blew up in March and caused the impeller damage was most likely a 1/2" straight Freud, which BTW, Freud replaced for free under its lifetime warranty. The first (mishap) occurred during a shallow (1/8") first cut into a piece of oak I had lovingly hand planed and trued up for the shooting board I was in the process of making - see attached photo before the blow up. It is possible that the second bit that broke was a 30-something-year old Bosch 85250 M 1/4" straight bit which was several weeks later in June when I actually made a closer inspection of the 1604.
2 bits blowing up... hmmmmm...
that 85250M is their then level commercial grade laser series...
the Freud blowing up... it was either mechanically damaged prior to use or pushed past it's limits...
 

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2 bits blowing up... hmmmmm...
that 85250M is their then level commercial grade laser series...
the Freud blowing up... it was either mechanically damaged prior to use or pushed past it's limits...
Okay... more accurately, it was more me blowing up and less so than the bits. Still very scary the thought of whenever there's flying bits of metal at 25k RPM. The tip of one of the flutes on the Freud bit was what actually broke off and most likely entered the motor housing. That made a noticeable noise and the workpiece jerked a little away from the fence. The Bosch bit break was fairly clean through the shank at the bottom of the flutes, no noticed noise above the normal din of the router, it just stopped cutting the plywood. The bit was on the floor beneath the table. You might be able to pick it out in the photo.
 

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