I've got the 1617. I really like it. It's light, feels good in the
hand, plunges really smoothly. I've put a rectangular subbase on the
non-plunging base for use in a table. It's doubled as a 2" jointer, and
I've used 3" roundover bits in it.
However, I had to get the power switch replaced last year and now it's
died again. Covered both times (this last one under my credit card
warrenty) but it's the one disappointment I have with this router.
Not sure what the 1617 Bosch can be had for but Craftsman 26620 (same as the
Bosch 1617) $219 goes on sale quite often for $199 and when the Craftsman
Club features that it's another ten percent off that.
Got mine on Craftsman Club special (plus my retiree discount, he, he), had
to watch their specials for about 6 months before they featured it. The last
time they featured it was back in November so they might run it again by
PS, When I was shopping, I think Amazon was the best price on the Bosch
considering free shipping and no sales tax.
This may take you in a direction you hadn't planned, but I would
recommend considering the mid-sized Festool. It may take a while for
the pain of paying for it to wear off, but for many years you will have
a tool that is a real pleasure to use every time you pick it up.
As one other poster mentioned, the Bosch's have problems with their switch.
Mine went out once under warranty. Also, and mabye this is a general
router comment, but the sub-base never quite centers. If I use the
centering cone to center the sub-base, then the outside of the sub-base is
not centered. I even sent it in to Bosch under warranty to have them look
at it, but it came back the same.
I wouldn't buy another Bosch router, although I am happy with the other
Bosch equipment I own.
Michael White "To protect people from the effects of folly is to
fill the world with fools." -Herbert Spencer
I have two routers. One is over 15 years old, a Black and Decker,
works fine. Another is a 3.25 HP Porter Cable that is variable speed
for my router table--works great in the table but too heavy for
hand-held work. My next router will be a plunge type or a laminate
router. My father passed away years ago and I recall him saying,
"some day I'm going to buy a router" and never got one; today, it is
difficult for the modern woodworker to have just one router.
Look at the Dewalt 621 plunge router. Hogging out
deep or wide dadoes in one pass is probably not a
good idea - both in terms or heating the bit and
finish of the edges. Same goes for doing molding
with a router. Most plunge routers have a 3 step
"turret" which lets you make cuts in 3 passes
with some DOC control.
The DW621 has a nice smooth plunge action, a
dust port in one of the plunge columns that actually
works - and pretty well at that. One wrench bit
changing is also a godsend - hate the PC two wrenches
approach. The base of the DW621 has two FLAT sides-
much easier and more accurate than a less than
well centered round base - ala PC. Has variable
speed as well - if you're planning on using larger
diameter bits - you need lower RPMs. DW621 also
has semi-micro adjustment for depth of cut.
If you're going to use it hand held - check Pat
Warner's site for a nice thick - BIG roung base
for the DW621 - it's a little tippy on some
cuts - like around a corner.
I've got and regularly use both of my 621s -
one hand held, one in my router table. Getting
use to the trigger and trigger lock on one
handle and a depth lock on the other takes
a few minutes to get used to but not having
to take your hands off the handles is really
I recently picked up a 'house brand' router that I believe is a DeWalt
625 or VERY similar. It's a 15 Amp, with two flat sides on the base,
has the same depth post setting method, etc.
It's a Power Fist, house brand for Princess auto. Paid $77 Cdn for it.
I think it will work fine once I get the garage wired and stop trying
to use 12 Amp extension cord to power it. :-)
Anyone know for sure if this is a rebranded DeWalt 625?
I very much doubt it Oleg. You've most likely bought a Chinese knockoff and
Princess Auto is well known for selling poor quality clones of popular
tools. I'm not criticising or attacking you for buying it, but I'd be very
wary of *anything* bought from this company. Just my opinion.
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