Bosch 1617EVSPK 2.25HP Router Review

The Bosch 1617EVSPK wood router is considered one of the best router models on the market nowadays and has been getting some of the highest ratings.

But before we dive in, toy need to know that woodworking is a space for creativity. We all know that when it comes to crafts, you can easily have a couple of ideas in your mind and yet it’s all about the hard work that you do to turn your design into a beautiful piece of art.

No matter how skilled you are, if you don’t have the right tools, you won’t be able to pursue satisfaction with your work.

A good router is a piece of important equipment that every crafter should possess.

Bosch 1617EVSPK review

In this review, you will learn about the main features of this device and why it is more interesting than other devices available on the market as well.

Also, you will come across the possible issues you might face while using this router so without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Bosh 1617EVSPK Review

Design

Isn’t this the first thing that catches your eyes whenever you are buying new equipment?

The device comes with two bases; a standard wooden base that is furnished with a clear bottom allowing you to track the router as it cuts through the wood.  Also, it has a plunge base for more precise and detailed cuts.

The motor housing of the Bosh1617EVSPK as well as, its bases are inside an aluminum case rendering it durable and strong lasting for years without any damage.

The handles on the fixed base are wooden whereas you can find a soft grip handle on the plunge base. This gives you more control and support making this router comfortable to use.

Moreover, these bases have quick clamp systems making it easy to move your motor from one base to another without the need to involve any other tools.

Add to this the fact that both fixed and plunge bases are provided with a precision centering design ensuring that it’s on the desired cutting line.

It must be pointed out that the power switch is dust sealed which further extending its resistance to damage preventing dust from building up inside, which is one of the common reasons for early switch failure when using other routers.

Horsepower,Variable speed, and constant performance

This is one of the crucial aspects to bear in mind before purchasing a wood router.

The Bosh 1617EVSPK is a real beast provided with a 2.25 horsepower motor.

It is quite impressive how its horsepower is no less than that of the large table models.

Even though it is a medium sized router, it has a variable speed dial with an RPM ranging from 8,000 the lowest speed setting, up to 25,000 rotations per minute.

Nevertheless, the speed could be set to 6 different settings.

The first 3 settings range from 8,000 RPM to 16,000 RPM and are more suitable to use with large diameters and cutting through metals.

On the other hand, the next 3 settings range from 20.000 to 25,000 and hence they are more suitable to be used with smaller diameters and plastics.

Moreover, the device has a constant response to the circuitry. This allows you to achieve a persistent and steady performance.

Another absolute favorite feature is that the speed is controlled electronically.

Soft Start Motor

One of the best properties of the Bosh 1617EVSPK router is that you don’t need to worry about how it will happen the minute you turn it on for the first time.

Usually, tools like this are a bit violent, for a lot of us, myself included, this forces the tool to drop from my hands every once in a while.

However, using this device is more comfortable than using other routers.  Due to the soft start feature, the motor loses that torque and together with the consistent speed mentioned above, it gives you an outstanding performance.

Other accessories you will find in the box

The set comes with two different bits.

You will be able to find 2 wrenches ( 16 mm and 24 mm) inside the box that you can use to adjust your router or replace your bit.

Another thing included with the router is a shield that you can apply to the fixed base to prevent the little pieces and chips from damaging the bit.

Not to mention that it comes with its own carrying case.

Bosch 1617EVSPK vs DeWalt DW618PK

These two routers are the bestselling on the market that a lot of woodworkers go through the dilemma of which one to choose.

On so many levels, these two will almost give you the same performance. However, the Bosch 1617EVSPK  takes the upper hand.

This router has a better RPM performance than its counter, also the  DeWalt DW618PK is not suitable for commercial use and doesn’t come with an edge tool guide. Add to this, the fact that it has a lower power.

The only reason you might consider purchasing the DeWalt DW618PK rather than the Bosch 1617EVSPK  is that the latter happens to be more expensive, yet, the way I see it, it’s simply value for money.

Pros

  • Lightweight.
  • Contoured soft grip handles.
  • Soft start technique.
  • Strong powerful motor.
  • Combo fixed base and plunge router options.
  • The fixed base has threaded holes for mounting to the router table.
  • Self-releasing collect chunk.
  • Removable Chip shield included.
  • Double insulation to ensure durability.
  • Wrenches included for convenient bit changes.

Cons

  • No adapter guide included.
  • Sometimes the router wobbles while changing bases.
  • High tolerance operations are more of a challenge.
  • C-rings fall off or break.
  • Bushings can get clogged.

Bottom Line

To wrap it up, the Bosh 1617EVSPK will get the job done for novices as well as advanced wood crafters.

Impressively, it can be used separately or installed on a router table so it is a convenient option to go with. It has a strong motor. It is easy to use and most importantly, it’s durable so it is definitely worth your money.

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