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3-1/4 hp Plunge Router 1619EVS

Bosch - 3-1/4 hp Plunge Router 1619EVS

This router from Bosch has a smooth, 3-1/4-hp, variable-speed motor with a soft-start feature.

$315 (As of 8/1/2002)

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Editor's Review: Heavy-Duty Plunge Routers

by Michael Standish

review date: August 1, 2002

This newest router from Bosch, model 1619EVS, has a smooth, 3-1/4-hp, variable-speed (8,000 rpm to 21,000 rpm) 15-amp motor with a soft-start feature. Weighing in at just under 14 lb., it’s hefty but not unmanageable. A one-wrench bit-changing system is a handy feature, and an attachment for dust collection is included.

The plastic subbase has a generous 2-in.-dia. opening. Remove the subbase, and the opening becomes 3-3/4 in., a plus for anyone using extralarge bits.

Runout measured 0.004 in., compared with an average of just under 0.003 in. in tests of nine plunge routers during the last year at Fine Woodworking. The 1619EVS had a noise level of 95 decibels, a bit higher than our average. It scored an excellent rating in our vibration test.

In the area of ergonomics, though, the 1619EVS really shines. For my average-sized hands, the grips and various levers are both convenient and comfortable.

Generally, a plunge router is fussy to use in a router table because it has a spring mechanism designed to plunge the bit down into a workpiece, not up into one. When the router is upside down, you’re always fighting the springs. But this router solves that problem. The springs can be disengaged by flipping a lever and pushing a button. Then the coarse and fine adjustment knobs control the bit depth. And reengaging the springs is just as easy.

I like this tool a lot, whether handheld or table-mounted. And I like it even more as a dual-purpose machine.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing Single-wrench bit changing
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment N/A
Runout 0.004 in.
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles Excellent; Convenient and Comfortable
Router Table Suitability Yes, unlike most plunge routers
Noise Rating 95 dB

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.boschtools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Opening at Base Subbase: 2-in-dia. opening; Without subbase: 3-3/4 in. opening
Built-in Dust Collection N/A
Horsepower 3-1/4 hp
Amps 15 amps
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Speed Variable speed 8,000 to 21,000 rpm
Collet Size 1/4 in., 1/2 in., 3/8 in., 8 mm
Maximum Plunge/Height 2-9/16 in.
Tilting Base N/A
Special Features N/A
Product Warranty N/A

I recently added a second router with more "umph" (the 1619EVS) to let me handle larger panel-raising bits when mounted in a table, as well as to have a backup for general use to avoid changing setups whenever possible. I have been extremely pleased with the versatility, power, ergonomics, and ease of use with the Bosch. I've found myself going to it more frequently than my DeWalt DW621 for quick hand-held tasks because of its comfortable heft and easy to use controls. Compared to the 3 hp Makita plunge I used recently, the Bosch is more comfortable and easier/smoother on the plunge, albeit somewhat noisier. In my hands, it feels more stable than the Makita. It is arguable whether the additional plunge steps on the Bosch are an advantage over the Makita or merely an annoyance. Given that my 1619EVS was refurbished, I got a significantly better price, but I'd have been hard pressed to find any signs of prior use when I unpacked it for the first time. I'm quite content with my Bosch.

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