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post #1 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.

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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.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-08-2017, 06:54 PM
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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.

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.

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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.

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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.
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thank you

Thanx ya'll! Good stuff.
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