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Fixed-Base 2-1/4-hp Router 1617EVS

Bosch - Fixed-Base 2-1/4-hp Router 1617EVS

Bosch’s 2-1/4-hp fixed-base router features a variable-speed motor with soft-start and a built-in router lift.

$180 (As of 8/1/2001)

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Editor's Review:

by Tom Begnal

review date: August 1, 2001

From FWW #243 (Nov./Dec. 2014)
by Marc Adams

Power: 12 amps
Street price: $170
Cut quality: Excellent
Router accuracy: Very good
Control and handling: Good
Cut visibility: Good
Ease of bit changes: Good

This router has a great soft start, is very well balanced, made very smooth cuts, and has an accurate micro-adjust scale on its rack-and-pinion depth system. It has two wrenches, and the base comes off easily for bit changes. On the other hand, the ball-shaped grips are slippery and the baseplate is black, which can hamper visibility.

From FWW #189 (Jan./Feb. 2007)
by Roland Johnson

The Bosch 1617EVS router is one in a new class of routers that features an integrated router lift that makes it ideal for use in a router table. We tested similar routers from seven manufacturers. Our tests included checking runout with a dial indicator and inspected how each router worked by testing it with a tall moulding bit.

The Bosch is nearly identical to the Craftsman 1617-12 and like that other tool makes bit-changing and height adjustment inconvenient. The problem is that the collet doesn't extend above the table when mounted in a router table and there is no spindle lock for changing bits. As a result, you have to reach under the table to make the adjustment or remove the router altogether. A plunge-base is included but that accessory lacks a built-in router lift.

From FWW #150 (July/Aug. 2001)
by Tom Begnal

For all-around shop use, midsize routers make sense. At 2 hp to 2-1/4 hp, they have enough testosterone to handle most cuts without the bulk that can make bigger versions a chore to run freehand. I gathered all of the midsize fixed-base routers on the market and tested them in the Fine Woodworking shop. The test had three main parts. First, I considered the ergonomics of the routers, using them by hand and in a router table. Then I checked them for noise, runout, and vibration. And finally, I gave them a handheld run to see how effectively they plowed through wood.


This Bosch router can accept large bits, and bit changing is a snap. The micro-adjust features work well, and the housing locks are rated as the best (tied with Makita). It scores well in the vibration category, and it has soft-start and variable-seed options. The 1617EVS has the most comfortable of the knob-type handles. This model did well in the runout test, although it is a little noisier than average.

Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing Fair; Double wrench
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment Good
Runout 0.003 in.
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles Good
Router Table Suitability Good
Noise Rating 95 db (no load)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bosch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.boschtools.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 877-267-2499
Opening at Base 2-1/16 in.
Built-in Dust Collection No
Horsepower 2-1/4 HP
Amps 12 amps
Watts N/A
Volts 120 v
Speed Variable: 8,000 rpm to 25,000 rpm
Collet Size 1/4 in., 1/2 in.
Maximum Plunge/Height N/A
Tilting Base N/A
Special Features Soft start motor; built-in router lift
Product Warranty N/A
9/8/2006

Decent router. Very ergonomic.
8/17/2006

4/28/2006

As far as a multi-base router this one takes the cake. It has smooth power and great soft starting, in addition to excellent speed control.
2/21/2006

Overall the router performs well, especially in this price category. One item of note should be carefully considered, however! Bosch uses a proprietary Templet guide system that is not intercangeable with most routers. In order to use guides from other tool manufacturers, you must purchase an adapter which cost $15.00 at the local dealer. Online vendors sold the adapter for much less, but it never arrived! So, beware of the issue before you buy a Bosch router and try to use it in a jig!

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