$169.00 Each
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Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router

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Variable Speed 12 amp motor provides soft start maintains speed under load and provides overload protection. Electronic variable speed with 8,000-25,000 RPM range for max. versatility. Precision centering system for accurate cuts. Self extracting collet system for less run out.

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(1) Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
(1) 1/4" Collet
(1) 1/2" Collet
More Information
Brand Bosch
Manufacturer Part Number 1617EVS
Weight 11.0500
Technical Documents
Speed Range 8000 - 25000 RPM
HP 2-1/4 HP
4.6 / 5.0
50 Reviews
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Good tool would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a router.
I have other Bosch tools and this router is everything I expect from Bosch.
September 21, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bosch router
Plenty of power, easy to adjust. This is my second one, as I have my 1st one mounted in my Rockler table in a lift.
August 6, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
1617EVS router
Great purchase was just what I needed in my small garage work shop
May 22, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Powerful. Works great with lift. Very pleased.
April 9, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
great router and great price
March 25, 2019
6 months ago
Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
Permanently mounted in lift in router table installed in table saw wing. Works like a charm.
January 19, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great router
Great power, love the micro adjustment and the speed settings.
January 3, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love it
Smooth, great size for my portable router table. Nice hand knobs for freehand routing.
December 26, 2018
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very satisfied, works great.
December 7, 2018
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bosch 2-1/4 hp vs router A+++
This router is solid. Best value on the market. Sturdy smooth. the soft start is awesome!!
October 11, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I have always had good luck with Bosch products
Wayne B on Sep 12, 2019
Have one on Rockler router table with lift and wanted convenience of not having to remove from table.
David B on Jul 15, 2019
I have always had good luck with Bosch products
Wayne B on Sep 12, 2019
Excellent power and easy to use.
Michael R on Sep 9, 2019
Have one on Rockler router table with lift and wanted convenience of not having to remove from table.
David B on Jul 15, 2019
Needed for router lift and had the features I wanted at a reasonable price
I own several, best on market for the money.
Doc K on Apr 24, 2019
Needed another size to fit a router lift recently purchased. Read good reviews and liked 2.24 HP motor
David J on Apr 23, 2019
gail h on Apr 21, 2019
wanted to get variable speed and should fit Rockler router lift.
Cory A on Apr 8, 2019
Good price, good reviews.
Michael L on Mar 29, 2019
Rick N on Mar 27, 2019
compatible with pre existing equipment
bob gillespie A on Mar 15, 2019
To fit my lift
patrick h on Mar 5, 2019
Price and product quality
Brian J on Feb 19, 2019
Good Price and Good Power!!
Robert T on Feb 9, 2019
I use this model in my CNC machine and it runs like a champ, never had any issues with it and there are times I have had it run for 5 or 6 hours at a time, very good brushes in the motor
Larry S on Dec 24, 2018
to fit lift
Charles D on Dec 24, 2018
Seemed to be a good value for a basic 2+HP router
Paul C on Nov 23, 2018
Second router of same model
Craig B on Nov 20, 2018
For a gift.
Thomas C on Nov 17, 2018
Sale price and good reviews
russell s on Apr 25, 2018
It will fit my JessEm router table lift.
Gregory S on Mar 9, 2018
Good price.
Frank G on Mar 4, 2018
To fit the Rocker Router Lift
Norman M on Dec 22, 2017
I have a router like this one and wanted a separate one for my router table.
Royce R on Dec 9, 2017
need one!
JIM K on Dec 9, 2017
Bosch has excellent quality, have a 1619EVS in my router table
Tommy W on Nov 24, 2017
For my router table, gives me two of same model routers.
Jeffery C on Oct 30, 2017
fits my rockler router table plate
Gary B on Oct 29, 2017
WAYNE B on Oct 26, 2017
I have used Bosch products before and consider them to be exceptional and very durable.
johnny m on Oct 13, 2017
Already had the plunge router base.
Dennis W on Oct 13, 2017
i own this router and use it often. it is great quality and trust it for my new CNC machine
JASON G on Oct 7, 2017
I already have this router which is dedicated to my router table. This one will be used for the dovetail jig and other projects. I also bought one for my son's birthday. Sale price was awesome.
Thomas T on Oct 7, 2017
Fits the router table purchased.
Tom M on Aug 3, 2017
It fits my kreg router table insert and has through the insert height adjustment.
Harold W on Jul 31, 2017
Price was part of the decision but it was a gift for my son who needs one. I just don't know for certain if it's the correct tool I do pray returns are easy.
Katherine W on Jul 27, 2017
love bosch
JEFF S on Jul 21, 2017
Sale price
Rickey R on Jul 20, 2017
I already have one mounted to my router table. I also have a plunge base that fits this motor. Good choice.
Jim L on Jul 17, 2017
Ben L on Jul 16, 2017
Unit had good reviews.
Kevin G on Jul 11, 2017
I have one that broke at less than a year old. I need to finish a job and have the plunge and standard base. It is just faster to buy a new power head than the time it will take to get my (almost new) unit repaired...
Ed O on Jul 8, 2017
current router (DeWalt) not designed for mounting in router table
Raymond J on Jul 8, 2017
Needed new router with higher rpm for my Rockler router table. The one I have now only goes to 18K.
Wallace F on Jul 7, 2017
Porter Cable router died and their quality has gone in the toilet. Time to try Bosch.
Michael R on Jul 7, 2017
Features and the Bosch name
Tom T on May 8, 2017
wanted variable speed
Thomsa D on Apr 26, 2017
I like bosch
David S on Apr 18, 2017
because it has both 1/4 and 1/2 alot of my bits are 1/2
Nail R on Apr 2, 2017
Recommended by manufacturer.
paul j on Feb 6, 2017
Excellent power and easy to use.
Michael R on Sep 9, 2019
Needed for router lift and had the features I wanted at a reasonable price
Recommended router speed for cabinet bits?
A shopper on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Has a good range of speeds compared to other routers.
will this fit ion a rockler router table?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes it would. You will need the Rockler router plate A
How does the depth adjustment work? Will the adjustment change when you lock/tighten the mechanism like a Craftsman router?
Jim on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used mine for dovetail work and have not experienced any difficulties with fine adjustments.
Will this router fit the Rockler dovetail jig?
Brian H on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes! I have this router and I have the Rockler Dovetail jig and they work great together
does this model have bit change lock?
james d on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. Bit changed is accomplished by using the two wrenches included with the router.
How easy is it to get to the variable speed control if mounted on the rockler table with the fx lift?
Barry R on Sep 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don’t have that lift, but mounted in the table the speed control will be on the bottom edge of the router. I just rotated the router in the lift until the speed dial was facing me. In my setup, the access is really good.
What size diameter is the router motor? Looking to install it into the Rockler FX lift. Would this be a good fit?
KERRY B on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this has a 3-1/2" diameter motor and will fit the FX lift.
Does this router have an LED light?
Kraig W on Apr 7, 2017

I don't think so. But i have mine mounted on a router table.
does this router available in 240v?
rockler on Jun 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not that I am aware of.
Will this router fit the plunge base for the Craftsman 26620?
William W on Nov 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Probably not. They lap have a kit version with both plunge and fixed for a little more, plus you get a case.
does this come with a carrying case?
Andre P on Nov 17, 2017

I have purchased two Bosch 2-1/4 HP routers. Neither came with a carrying case.

Al Falco
Is this router the best choice for use with a Bosch router table
Michael L on Mar 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Best is rather subjective, but, yes, it works well with a router table as it is adjustable through the table with the included allen key.
What is the size of the router plate 6" or 6.5 ?
Cliff C on Nov 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The black base plate is 6.0 inches in diameter.