1617EVSPK Router Combo Kit Review
The Bosch 1617EVSPK is a router kit with fixed and plunge bases that features adjustments from the top for use when mounted to a router table and comes with some nice bonus accessories like an edge guide and templates
Guides: The Bosch kit comes packaged with a nice edge guide and a starter set of three proprietary template guides (a Porter-Cable-style adapter is sold separately). These guides click into place without the tedious screwing necessary with traditional systems.
Ergonomics: The distinctive wooden handles on the fixed base are comfortable, but they are large and a bit slippery. Users with small or arthritic hands could have trouble.
Depth adjustment: The depth adjustment on the fixed base is excellent, and the plunge base has a well-engineered microadjustment on the depth rod. Although the plunge base has an auto-lock mechanism, it is easy to hold the lever back while plunging the tool.
Router-table compatible: Bosch is one of three manufacturers whose router can be adjusted from above when mounted in a router table.
They make a good case: The carrying case is reasonably sized—not too big, not too small.
Bottom line: The Bosch is a time-tested, topflight tool.