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Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2-1/4-Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets

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  • Electronic variable speed plunge and fixed base router kit; soft start, micro-fine depth adjustments
  • 2-1/4-horsepower router combination kit; variables speeds of 8,000 to 25,000 rpm
  • Aluminum construction; wooden handles on fixed base; soft-grip handle on plunge base
  • Includes plunge and fixed bases, collet chucks, wrenches, chip shields, carrying case
  • 6.2 by 19-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches; 19-1/2 pounds; 1-year warranty
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Product Description


Handle a broad range of routing applications with the versatile Bosch 1617EVSPK Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit. This router kit includes a powerful motor with advanced speed control technology, precision bases, and plenty of advanced features to help get a variety of jobs done quickly and accurately.

The Bosch 1617EVSPK Plunge and Fixed-Base Variable-Speed Router Kit includes:
  • EVS Motor (16176)
  • Plunge base (RA1166)
  • Fixed base (RA1161)
  • Fixed base chip shield
  • Plunge base chip shield
  • 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch self-releasing collet chucks
  • Comfortable forged 16-mm and 24-mm bit-change wrenches
  • T-handle hex height-adjustment wrench
  • Rugged carrying case

Both bases feature the Bosch Precision Centering Design for accuracy and control.View larger.
Powerful, Variable-Speed Motor with Soft Start
Take care of even tough routing jobs with the powerful 2.25 HP/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 routing task and material. And with built-in Constant Response Circuitry, your router will maintain a constant speed throughout the cut, so you get cleaner, more accurate results.

With the integrated soft-start feature, the motor reduces torque upon start-up for a much smoother transition and easier handling on your part.

Accurate Fixed and Plunge Base Cuts
This versatile kit provides all the components necessary for fixed-depth routing and plunge routing, as well. Microfine bit depth adjustment systems on both bases allow for accurate and fast bit depth adjustments. The microfine adjustment has an overall range of one inch and is accurate to 1/64 inch.

Both bases also feature the Bosch Precision Centering Design, which allows the bit to be centered with the subbase or optional template guides (sold separately). 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.

Both of the included bases, fixed and plunge, feature quick clamp systems for quick tool-free conversions, so moving the motor between the two bases takes only seconds and requires no tools. The plunge base features soft grip handles for easier operation, and the fixed base includes threaded holes for mounting it to router tables. The fixed base's advanced bit height adjustment system allows you to conveniently adjust the bit height from above the router table.

Rugged Design for Increased Durability
The Bosch 1617EVSPK Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit is durable and built for years of use. The motor housing and bases are now made of aluminum, and the power switch is now completely dust-sealed for added durability. The rugged carrying case keeps all of the components protected. This routing system is backed by a one-year limited warranty, 30-day money back guarantee, and one-year service protection plan.

What's in the Box
EVS Motor (16176), plunge base (RA1166), fixed base (RA1161), fixed base chip shield, plunge base chip shield, 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch self-releasing collet chucks, comfortable forged 16-mm and 24-mm bit change wrenches, T-handle hex-height adjustment wrench, and rugged carrying case.

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

From the Manufacturer

The Bosch 1617EVSPK gives you the best of both the fixed-base and plunge router worlds. It features a 12 amp, 2-1/4-horsepower, 8,000 to 25,000 rpm (no-load) motor with plunge base and fixed base in a rugged well-organized carrying case. This kit features the exclusive quick-clamp system, allowing tool-free movement of motor from base to base. Other key features include variable speed, soft-start, and Constant Response circuitry that maintains speed under load. The depth adjustment system features coarse and microfine bit depth adjustment with re-settable indicators. Both bases have large base openings with 2-inch sub-base openings, accepting larger bits and providing better visibility. The routers' right or left switch and cord locations provide both choice and consistency, and the motor does not rotate during depth adjustment. Both bases feature the Bosch exclusive precision centering design for centering optional template guides. The motor has a one-piece armature shaft for accuracy and long bit shank capacity. The kit includes 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch self-releasing collets, and comfortable drop-forged wrenches. Multiple new optional accessories allow you to build a complete Bosch routing system.


  • 2.25HP/ 12 AMP Motor 8,000-25,000 RPM
  • Variable speed dial — For matching speed to work piece and task
  • Soft-start-Reduces start-up torqu e
  • Constant-Response Circuitry-Maintains constant speed under load
  • Quick clamp system on both bases for fast tool-free conversion-Move motor from base to base with ease
  • Precision Centering Design-Makes it easy to keep bit on intended cutline when using jigs, templates, dovetail fixtures and similar guidance devices
  • Microfine bit depth adjustment system on both bases-For fast, precise bit depth adjustment
  • Wide base openings and 2" sub-base openings-Accepts larger bits & provides better visibility
  • Right or left switch location-For user preference and consistency (motor does not rotate during depth adjustment)
  • Contoured soft grip handles-For enhanced control and comfort
  • Double insulated
  • Now includes RA1161 Fixed-Base with system for adjusting bit height from above a router table
  • Fixed base has threaded holes for mounting to router table positioned in common 3-hole pattern
  • Rugged carrying case has compartments for all included items
  • Power Switch - Now includes dust-sealed power switch
  • Optional RA1126 Quick-Change Template Guide Adapter (sold separately)-For fast and easy change of Bosch RA-Series template guide (or threaded template guides, if optional RA1100 adapter is also used.)


  • Amperage: 12.0
  • Base Diameter: 6" Fixed/ 6-11/16" Plunge
  • Collet Capacity: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 8 mm
  • Cord Length: 10
  • Max. Motor HP: 2.25
  • Base diameter: 6 inches
  • No Load RPM: 8,000-25,000
  • Rating: 120 V AC
  • Used on Model No. : RA1171, RA1180, RA1181, RA1182, RA1200 Router Tables (Router in fixed base only).
  • Voltage: 120 Volts
  • Weight (lbs.): 19.5


  • 1/4" Self-Releasing Collet Chuck
  • 1/2" Self-Releasing Collet Chuck
  • 16mm Shaft Wrench
  • 24mm Collet Nut Wrench
  • Carrying Case
  • Fixed Base (RA1161)
  • Plunge Base (RA1166
  • Fixed Base Chip Shield
  • Plunge Base Chip Shield
  • Motor
  • T-Handle Hex Height Adjustment Wrench
  • Pack of 3 10-24 Screws for Table Mounting

This Bosch power tool comes with a one-year limited warranty from the date of purchase.

Product Information

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Technical Details
Part Number 1617EVSPK
Item Weight18.2 pounds
Product Dimensions6.2 x 19.5 x 14.5 inches
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Item model number1617EVSPK
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Voltage120 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Special Featuresplunge
Batteries Included?No
Warranty Description1 Year
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Best Sellers Rank #7,829 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight21 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2004
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Bulb Voltage
120 Volts

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Customer Reviews

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319 of 331 people found the following review helpful By Phill on November 5, 2003
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Bought this router after a week of research. Looked at porter cable, dewalt, and this bosch router. determined through reviews on this site as well as other reviews that the bosch was the router that I wanted after the first day, but decided to wait and read through some more reviews. Saw the Bosch 1617 router combo at Lowe's for 219, but it was not the 1617evspk, which comes with a free edge guide/ circle cutter and also lists as 2 hp, may be the same motor, but I want the newer, updated router . Looked on amazon and found this router, the Bosch 1617EVSPK which came with a edge guide/circle cutter and the router mat for $219.00. I agree with another buyer who said that this router does very professional work and can make anyone look like they know what they are doing. Even my wife who has never used a router was able to use this with ease. It is very easy to switch between bases, clean design.
The included cast wrenches for changing bits are sign of a better quality router

and the edge guide/circle cutter is a must and a cinch to use. I like that it comes with functional carrying case that holds everything but the edge guide, even has places for most commonly used bits of both shank sizes. A major plus is depth adjustment that stays the same even after switching back and forth between bases; you don't have to readjust and hope its the same depth. The router has a feel of solid design, cuts soft and hard woods like butter, no vibration and is quite. Slow start is a must to prevent damage when kicking on. I read complaints of the switch location, but has not really bothered me and I don't know of a better place to put the switch where it would not create other problems.
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147 of 150 people found the following review helpful By The Happy Clamper on May 26, 2005
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I've had this router package for about two years now & use it on average 2 or 3 times a week. At first I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now that the honeymoon is over I've come to the conclusion that it's a decent design with a few minor annoyances & a couple of major faults. Some nice idea's but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

1. I like the handles on the plunge base, good ergonomics, good control. I don't like the wooden handles on the fixed base. Poor fit & finish. They regularly come loose & need to be retightened. Lockwashers don't help. I don't use locktite because I remove the handles for some of the jigs & baseplates I use.

2. I love the 8 position turret on the plunge base. This should be an industry standard.

3. The Bosch plunger is a normally locked type. I like the plunge lever to be normally unlocked like Hitachi & DeWalt it makes it much easier to set depth of cut.

4. Changing bases. When the router is cold it's a wrestling match to remove the base. It gets better as it warms up & then becomes too loose on the plunge base. I've tried adjusting the screw on the latch & haven't been able to hit the magic spot yet.

5. The fine adjustment on the fixed base. This is undoubtably related to the previous issue. It's too tight when it's cold & then gets easier as it warms up. The adjustment knob helps quite a bit. But then you can't turn it over on it's head to change bits unless you balance it on the edge of the table. Kind of a pain. Also the knob has to be removed to remove the motor. Too many steps, too many parts. I prefer the simple continuous adjustments that DeWalt & Milwaukee use.

6. Template guides. These are OK but again too many parts, levers & steps leave too much room for error.
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364 of 383 people found the following review helpful By AmazonBuyer on August 22, 2005
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I bought the 1617EVSPK 2-1/4HP bosch combo router some 9 months ago and have logged a lot of hours on the machine. Overall I echo the positive comments that other users have provided re: power, versatility, ease of use, etc. There are two areas where the unit falls down, however. First is the base plate; although it is allegedly centered at factory, if you are doing close tolerance work (eg using a leigh dovetail jig) you will probably need to buy a base center and reset the base plate. This is a pain but at least it is fixable. A far more serious problem is the fact that the router seems to have developed a side to side wobble when used in plunge mode, so that the bit swings a fraction from side to side when plunging, despite my carefully applying pressure equally on both handles. Not a problem for many applications, as the swing is very small, but when close tolerances are a must (eg routing mortises) it is hard to achieve. I cut several dozen floating tenon mortises this weekend using a new spiral upcut bit, and half the mortises were 1/32"-1/16" oversized, meaning I now have a lot more stock in my scrap bin. The unit does not appear to have any way to tighten up the plunge mechanism. This far more serious flaw makes it difficult to use for high end woodworking.
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198 of 219 people found the following review helpful By JSSussex on November 13, 2001
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If you were looking at getting a combo kit now is your chance to get a 2 HP unit instead of the 1.5 HP units. The softstart and self center bits work great both as a plunge router as well as a fixed base and the 2 HP soft start and mag body makes it easy to control as well as light weight.
The 2 HP unit has plenty of power to be used in a router table a nd if you can only afford one router don't skimp for a few dollars more you get more power, variable speed and the bosch 2 HP variable speed router with the micro fine adjustments.
I have had the 1617EVS fixed based for over 6 months and the extra cost to buy the plunge router attachment added up to more than this whole kit with the storage case costs.
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