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Midsize Plunge Router 1613AEVS

Bosch - Midsize Plunge Router 1613AEVS

Bosch offers a 2-1/4-hp combination kit as model No. 1617EVSPK at a comparable price. It also offers a plunge router model No. 1619EVS with a 3 hp motor.

$200 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Midsized Plunge Routers

by Tom Begnal

review date: October 25, 2005

Midsize plunge routers, those in the 2-hp class, have enough muscle to tackle most tasks, yet they're relatively easy to handle. Unlike a fixed-base router, a plunge router lets you lower the spinning bit straight down into a workpiece. That makes it a good choice for those who cut a lot of stopped grooves, dadoes, and mortises. So with that in mind, I gathered all eight of the midsize plunge routers on the market and gave each a thorough going-over. 

I checked to see how fussy it was to turn the machine on and off, to change router bits, and to set the plunge depth. I looked at how much finger contortion it took to set the switch locks and the plunge-lock mechanisms. I also wanted to see how well the multiple-stop systems worked. I checked the handles for comfort, then measured each router for noise, vibration, and collet runout. And after all of that, I tested each router by running it through a sheet of plywood.

The Bosch has an easy-to-activate on/off switch, a switch lock that’s almost effortless, a nice micro-adjustment knob, and a simple multiple-stop system. Optional collets are available for 3/8-in. and 8mm-shank bits. The machine did relatively well in the noise and vibration tests.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing N/A
Base Changing N/A
Plunge/Height Adjustment N/A
Runout 0.0022 in.
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles Very Good
Router Table Suitability N/A
Noise Rating 90 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 in.
Built-in Dust Collection Dust Port: yes
Horsepower 2 hp
Amps 12 amps
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Speed N/A
Collet Size 1/4 in., 1/2 in. (3/8 in. and 8mm optional)
Maximum Plunge/Height 2-3/8 in.
Tilting Base N/A
Special Features N/A
Product Warranty N/A

After minimal use the switch quit working and tried to find a new switch but to no avail. Cost to have it repaired was not worth it. Looking for a new router. Not a Bosch!

I have the identical UK version Its comfortable to hold , easy to plunge and dust extraction, with adaptor which came with my machine, is good.Excellent fine height adjuster.On the downside you are restricted to Bosch template guides unless you buy an adaptor and the dust extraction adaptor gets in the way when bit changing, it is also easily broken, I have replace mine twice. I have bosch's micro adjustable fence which is an excellent accessory. A user friendly competent router with lots of power.

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