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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-04-2005, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Default Bosch 1617 EVSPK switch problem??

Hi. I have owned a Bosch 1617EVSPK combo-kit for a few months and recently had trouble with it. I plugged it in and flipped the switch, but the unit wouldn't run. So, I rocked the switch back and forth a few times and it started working again.

Anybody else have trouble with their Bosch not turning on?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-05-2005, 12:28 AM
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Hello Toolfreak,

No problems with my Bosch. You might contact Bosch and see who does their repairs in your area or take it back to where you purchased it if it continues to give you problems. I usually try to blow the excess dust off mine if I run it through some heavy use.

You may have a faulty switch.
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Toolfreak, Bosch had a batch of 1617EVSPK's with bad switches, this is a known problem. Two other forum members ran across 1617EVSPK's with the switch problem. I own a pair of 1617's and both are trouble free. Return your router for warranty repair(or exchange) and you will be in good shape.

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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-11-2005, 03:47 PM
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Went to turn my 1617evs on today, and whomo no power. Went and dug up the receipt and promptly called the national service center, and they are shipping me a new switch. The router was only made a year ago according to the serial number the polite man on the phone said. No questions asked, no hassles, and best of all, NO CHARGE. That is what I call service. They are sending it 2 day guaranteed. Meaning that it will be in my hands Tuesday. Bummer that I can not use it this weekend, but it will give me time to attend to a few other projects that I have been lacking on. I also called a local service company that is a Bosch certified repair facility, and they told me that I would be looking at 7 to 10 days by time they ordered the parts and got it back to me. Bosch national service center to the rescue. That is what I call service
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-13-2005, 01:36 PM
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I also had a bad experience with the Bosch1617EVSPK. It only took 5 months for a brand new router to encounter the same problem. I had the switch replaced but my confidence in this router and in Bosch has been greatly reduced. Would I but another Bosch tool? Not likely.
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i have heard of a few people with these routers, having trouble with the switches..including mine..I took the air gun to it and its working for now..dust gets into the contacta..Send me the info.i may order a new switch also.

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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-19-2005, 08:37 PM
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Default Get Bosch to send you a new switch

The original switch was unsealed and the cooling fan caused suction on the back of the switch pulling dust into the switch until filled and stopped the contacts from mating. My router is table mounted so the cutting is above the sw and everything falls past it. If you use it handheld with the cutting below, the original switch may never have the problem.
I got quite good at taking the switch apart and cleaning it about every 4-6 weeks. Bosch seems to have been using a better switch since this summer. Their rep sent me one even though the router was over a year out of warranty. Looks like it will do the job, but haven't been using it long enough to tell.
Part# was 2-610-913-918-879
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-24-2008, 08:47 PM
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Thumbs up Yep, switch could be dusty..

I followed the advice to blow the switch out. There was lotsa dust in the switch, blew it from the front, both switch positions, she started right up after that. Covered the switch with clear plastic and duct tape hoping to keep that from happening again, time will tell. Thanks.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-26-2008, 06:30 AM
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Bosch will send you a new one for free. I had learned to take out my switch and actually disassemble it (pull out the rocker and the little metal piece inside) and put it back together in about 10 minutes. But one call to Bosch and they sent me a new switch that appears to be better sealed. No issues with the new one. It's an easy swap if you've never opened your router and even easier if you've already taken it apart and cleaned it.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
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Default Thanks reikimaster

Called Bosch consumer information today. They're sending a new switch. Thanks for the tip.
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