New router time - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 2
View hank2's Photo Album My Photos
New router time

Hello all! I'm about to purchase a new router and was looking for some input. Looking for something that can handle the large bits for raised panels but more importantly one that isn't going to need adapter after adapter to use things like a router lift or templates or dust collection. My skil router never fit any of the cool toys. I hear the Bosch 1617 is a great tool but it also needs a lot of adapters, can anyone vouch? Thanks for the info.
hank2 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 04:48 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: NE Indiana
Posts: 12
View PeteT82's Photo Album My Photos
Howdy Hank.
I have two Bosch 1617EVS's myself. Like them a lot. I haven't used raised panel bits but I have done lots of cope and stick joints in white oak in one pass without any problems. I don't have a router lift in my table so don't know if they're made to fit a 1617. I use the Bosch table base (same thing as a fixed base without the handles, $51.99 from Amazon) The Bosch guide bushing set up is the only adapter kind of thing I know of, but I don't use it. I just bought a base plate that uses the regular guide bushings. If you decide to get the Bosch, look at the kits with both plunge and fixed bases.

Last edited by PeteT82; 01-08-2017 at 04:58 PM.
PeteT82 is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 06:44 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 118
View Larry Schweitzer's Photo Album My Photos
We've got several Bosch 1617s they are good.They come with 1/2 & 1/4" collets. Not sure what you mean by requiring a lot of adapters? Edge guides, hollow sub bases for dust pickup, circle jigs, recess & insert sets? I think the PC template guides will fit them. But we have Porter Cable 7518 routers also. They have been very good, but a bit heavy, work great in our Incra router lift. The Bosch trim routers have held up well.
We are a production shop, tools get used hard!
Larry Schweitzer is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 06:54 PM
where's my table saw?
 
woodnthings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SE, Michigan
Posts: 20,626
View woodnthings's Photo Album My Photos
start with the lift first

Once you have used a router lift you will be so spoiled. It make small incremental and precise changes in bit height so easy compared to any other method. Most of the new router lifts will accept any newer router. Bosch has a version also but I don't know about that one. I use Jess EM Mast R Lift II's which are at the high end cost wise, but they perform very well. Bench Dog, MCLS and Rockler have versions that are cheaper.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...s=router+lifts

The lifts come with all the adaptors for the guide bushings (purchased separately) and for the different size router bits. Your lift has a specific size plate, so just make certain your table has the proper sized recessed hole for that particular lift.

I love my Porter Cable 7518 routers and the old 690's and the 870's are good also. My other routers include a Milwaukee, and some Freuds. Bosch is very well regarded. Makita may be also, but I don't own one.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specfic. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo

Last edited by woodnthings; 01-08-2017 at 06:59 PM.
woodnthings is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 06:55 PM
Senior Member
 
Pineknot_86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 457
View Pineknot_86's Photo Album My Photos
Wink

It is always time for a new router! Good reviews on Bosch as I have had my eye on the Bosch combo set with the fixed base and the plunge base. I'm taking donations for that worthy cause. Sorry, it is not tax-deductible.

My wife gives sound advice. 99% sound and 1% advice.
Pineknot_86 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 07:32 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Tucson Arizona
Posts: 115
View MatthewEOD's Photo Album My Photos
I have the dewalt 618 with fixed and plunge base its very good. I think the porter cable 680 is a better buy, mostly the same router but the poter cable seems to have more accessories available to it.
MatthewEOD is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 01-09-2017, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 2
View hank2's Photo Album My Photos
thank you

Thanx ya'll! Good stuff.
hank2 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build Your Own Router Table treewok2512 Power Tools & Machinery 19 10-05-2016 09:19 PM
The Right Router Bit Can be Essential WoodworkingTalk Featured Topics 0 09-13-2016 03:11 PM
1st time Router user - question please new2woodwrk Power Tools & Machinery 11 04-22-2016 01:16 PM
Last person to post in this thread wins!!!! Boomhower Off Topic 5968 03-14-2016 09:20 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome