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Bosch 1617EVS 2-1/4 HP Variable-Speed Router

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4.6 out of 5 stars 229 customer reviews
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  • Features the most powerful motor in its class at 12-amps, 2.25-horsepower, and 8000-25000 RPM
  • Match speed to work piece and task with variable speed option
  • Monitors and maintains desired RPM for consistent performance
  • Built to last with rugged aluminum base and housing, does not include template guide adapter
  • The blade finish will vary because of the heat treating process to harden the blade.
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Item Package Weight 11.2 pounds 21 pounds 2.3 pounds 9.79 pounds
Power Source corded-electric ac/dc Manual corded-electric
Special Features fixed-base plunge Information not provided fixed-base
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2560-3473 Features: -Exclusive precision centering system, perfect bit centering. -Exclusive linear height adjustment system for fast, precise bit settings. -Electronic feedback circuitry, soft start and constant RPM. -Click quick template guide changes. Product Type: -Routers. Generic Specifications: -12 amp. -2.25 HP. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -10 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -7.6 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -12.3 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -10.2 Pounds.

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Handle a broad range of routing applications with the versatile Bosch 1617EVS Variable-Speed Router. This router kit includes a powerful motor with advanced speed-control technology, a fixed base for upright use or use in a router table, and plenty of high-performance features to help you get a variety of jobs done quickly and accurately.

The Bosch 1617EVS Variable-Speed Router includes:
  • RA1161 fixed base
  • 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch self-releasing collets
  • Drop-forged wrenches
  • Chip shield
  • Above-table height-adjustment wrench
  • Mounting hardware


Bosch's Precision Centering Design delivers accuracy and control. View larger.
Powerful, Variable-Speed Motor with Soft Start
Take care of even the toughest routing jobs with the powerful 2.25-horsepower, 12-amp motor and its versatile speed range of 8,000 to 25,000 RPM. The variable-speed dial allows you to set the optimal speed for the task. And with built-in Constant Response Circuitry, your router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get clean, accurate results.

With its integrated soft-start feature, the motor reduces torque upon startup for a smooth transition and easy handling. The 1617EVS's design adapts to let you work with the switch and cord on the right or the left, giving you improved consistency and precision, as well as the confidence knowing that the motor won't rotate during depth adjustment.

Accurate Fixed Base Cuts
This versatile kit provides all the components necessary for fixed-depth routing. Microfine bit-depth adjustment on the base, with an overall range of one inch and accuracy to 1/64 inch, allows for accurate and fast changes. And the Bosch Precision Centering Design allows the bit to be centered with the sub-base or optional template guides. This makes it easier than ever to keep the bit on the intended cutting-line when using guidance devices such as jigs, templates, or dovetail fixtures.

The fixed base includes threaded holes for mounting to router tables, and its advanced bit-height adjustment system allows you to conveniently adjust the bit height from above the router table. The base also features a quick-clamp system for fast, tool-free conversions, so moving the motor between two bases takes only seconds and requires no equipment.

Rugged Design for Increased Durability
The Bosch 1617EVS Router is durable and built for years of use. The motor housing and bases are made of aluminum, and the power switch is completely dust-sealed for added durability.

This router is backed by a one-year limited warranty, 30-day money-back guarantee, and one-year service protection plan.

What's in the Box
Bosch 1617EVS 2-1/4 HP Variable-Speed Router, RA1161 Fixed Base, 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch self-releasing collets, drop-forged wrenches, chip shield, above-table height-adjustment wrench, and mounting hardware.

The motor's speed range features Constant-Response Circuitry for clean, consistent results.


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Technical Details

Part Number 1617EVS
Item Weight 11.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 12.3 x 10.2 x 7.7 inches
Origin USA
Item model number 1617EVS
Size EA
Color NA
Finish NA
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 127 volts
Wattage 1400 watts
Horsepower 1.8774557792112
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features fixed-base
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B00004TKHV
Customer Reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars 229 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,082 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#9 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Routers
#479 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 11.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available November 10, 2000

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By Matthew Schenker VINE VOICE on June 1, 2000
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Like other Bosch tools I have used, this router is terrific. I use it in a router table, where it is delightful: it's light enough to handle when installing under the table, it's controls are easy to get to, and the height adjustment is fabulous. More on the height adjustment of this router -- I have used many other routers, but none adjust their height as precisey and smoothly as this Bosch. All you have to do it unlock the adjuster, then turn a turret, and the bit raises and lowers slowly for you. Then you lock the adjuster and you're set. The soft-start feature is also wonderful. The speed adjustment is very responsive and has many settings, which is good if you're doing raised-panel doors. As far as cutting goes, I am very pleased. The router keeps the speed constant through the wood, whether you're cutting a dado or routing a shape on the edge of a board. Once again, I have nothing but praise for another Bosch power tool.
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As you can tell from the title, I am impressed with this router. I have had this router for about a year now and have not attempted a project that I have been any less than pleased. It is quiet and the noise it does make is smooth and almost muted compared to the high pitched PC 690 that I also have. The unit is very nicely built. Precision is a word that comes to mind. I use this one under my Rout R Lift and the D handle ( non variable ) for freehand work. Despite the fact that I love the maple handles, I still get too nervous with my hands being so close to that 25,000 rpm spindle and bit, especially after using the D-handle for sometime now. Anyway, when changing a bit this unit drops down from my Rout R Lift with a smooth controlled descent,then just release the sub base lever, depress the thumb latch a 1/4 twist and the motor is out. You can just tell by looking at this unit that it is chock full of exceptional engineering and thoughtful detail. The variable speed is very handy, the Microfine adjustment is just that, and the 2 HP is more than up to any tasks ( including some raised profile work ) that I have asked of it. Ironically, I also purchased a few BOSCH router bits, that have been excellent as well, quite the compliment to a superb router. Strong, lightweight, quiet and precise. Truly a great product that will not disappoint.
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I do a lot of routing, and I've owned a lot of routers over the years. The Bosch 1617EVS is, by far, the best fixed-base router I've ever owned. The design, coupled with the exceptional manufacturing quality, will meet or exceed anyone's expectations. Its variable speed, light weight, comfortable handles, large bit capacity, and power are just the beginning. The crowning achievement is the height control. This is absolutely the best in the industry, with no competition that I've found. You really have to try it to see for yourself-- rings and racks found on the competiton not only don't compare, they're not even in the same class. Plus, this system works equally well on the router table as well as in free-hand use. The Makitas, Porter-Cables, etc., need to wake up and take notes. By the way, if you're looking for a plunge router, there is still nothing that compares with the Makita 3612C, even after 20-plus years of production. Bosch 1617EVS fixed-base, Makita 3612C plunge-base -- this is the combination the serious woodworker wants.
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No one router is all things to all people. This Bosch comes close. I have the 1617EVS, and liked it so much, I bought the 1617EVSPK, combo pack as well, with the fixed base and the plunge base. The motor easily slides out of one, and into the other. The slide out feature is built into the 1617 whether you are buying the combo pack, or the fixed base router. Makes it possible to add a plunge base, or remove it easily from under a table. It's so easy, I change bits that way.

I have a Fein RT-1800, the Bosch 1619EVS, and a Porter Cable laminate trimmer router as well. I can't say enough about each one of them.
The thing that makes the Bosch line, especially the 1617 so special is two features: One is the bit centering feature. The other feature which sets is apart from the others, is the fine adjusting knob. Typically, you get close to the setting you want, on a regular router, but it is off by a little bit. So you loosen the clamp, and it jumps completely away from your setting. In frustration, you try again, and realize it is still off a little bit.
What did Bosch do? They allow you to get a gross setting, that you lock in, by releasing the spring loaded motor locking lever, then you are able to fine adjust your setting with the fine adjusting knob. Once you get it precisely where you want it, you lock the clamp. If you make a test run, and it is off a hair, no problem. You loosen the clamp, without losing your setting, and tweak the fine adjusting knob, and reclamp it. Takes about 30 seconds to get the perfect setting that way. Once you experience the fine setting you can get with this router, and so easily, their is no going back. You have to love this router for that feature alone.
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