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Rick, you did not reply on your other thread - which model of Makita do you have, with the sloppy plunge?
2301, 0900 and 1101....
they tend to rock/pivot on the plunge from what appears to be a sloppy fit...
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Rick, you did not reply on your other thread - which model of Makita do you have, with the sloppy plunge?
Here it is . Just enough play to be an issue . Itís on a craftsmen circle cutting jig, and Iím hoping the Bosch 1617 base fits ,but I doubt it. They made different plates at the time so that you could use different routers . Itís got the Makita one on it now.

In the last pic you can see where the arrows are pointing , and thatís the area where the play in the plunge took out a little additional material
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Wow is Amazon fast . It was supposed to show up on Friday, but Christmas came even earlier.
I have to say although this was intended for under table mounting in an Incra lift , I like the plunge fine adjustment system
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Yes, I read a lot of negative reviews of the 23. I am very fond of my 1617 kit. Bosch does make a special fixed base for the 1617 to be permanently mounted to a router table; it has a Through-base lead screw which can be adjusted from above the table with aT-handled hex key (or a hex driver chucked into your trusty drill or socket driver).

I bought that base for about $50 from Amazon and am very happy with it. As it turns out, it is very easy to swap the motor over to a different base — just flip the lever like all of their bases.
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Yes, I read a lot of negative reviews of the 23. I am very fond of my 1617 kit. Bosch does make a special fixed base for the 1617 to be permanently mounted to a router table; it has a Through-base lead screw which can be adjusted from above the table with aT-handled hex key (or a hex driver chucked into your trusty drill or socket driver).

I bought that base for about $50 from Amazon and am very happy with it. As it turns out, it is very easy to swap the motor over to a different base ó just flip the lever like all of their bases.
The 1617 does seem easy to remove , a nice system actually. Thanks for the post

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The MRP23EVSK is quite heavy and hard to use as a hand-held router (plunge or fixed base). On the other hand, its motor casing has an uncommon size so it doesn't fit in some of the popular lifts. I regret buying it instead of the 1617 because I use it very rarely when I don't have a choice, and then only for short period of times, and I don't get the cut quality I expect because it's hard to control due to its weight.
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I use a pair of them on the Leigh dovetail jig, they're made to order for the job..
but I don't consider the 17 or 23 unwieldy or heavy...
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The MRP23EVSK is quite heavy and hard to use as a hand-held router (plunge or fixed base). On the other hand, its motor casing has an uncommon size so it doesn't fit in some of the popular lifts. I regret buying it instead of the 1617 because I use it very rarely when I don't have a choice, and then only for short period of times, and I don't get the cut quality I expect because it's hard to control due to its weight.
I believe the 23 wonít fit a lift because of the attached guide on the side that provides contact to the switch .
Iíve never used the 23 , but I see itís heavier than my Festool by over 2.5 pounds .
I basically bought the 1617 for a lift , but I believe itís probably a good all around router

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