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1617EVSPK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit

Bosch - 1617EVSPK 2-1/4 HP Router Combo Kit

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

$215.00 (As of 7/1/2009)

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Editor Choice-Best Overall

Editor's Review: Tool Test: 2-1/4-hp Router Combo Kits

review date: July 1, 2009

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.

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Editor Test Results:

Overall Rating Very Good
Adjustments Excellent
Runout N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.boschtools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Weight 19.5 lb.
Dimensions N/A
Horsepower 2 1/4 HP
Speed 8,000-25,000 RPM
Amps 12 Amps
Opening at Base 6 in. fixed / 6-11/16 in. plunge
Collet Size 1/4 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 8mm
Type N/A
Special Features double insulated, right or left switch location, tool-free templet guide adapter system
Accessories Self-releasing collet chucks (1/4 in. and 1/2 in.), 16mm shaft wrench, 24mm collet nut wrench, Too-free templet guide adapter, chip shields, T-handle hex height adjustment wrench, carrying case

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