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Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router

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Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router

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.

With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more. Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
(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
Tech Spec N/A
Technical Documents
Speed Range 8000 - 25000 RPM
HP 2-1/4 HP
4.7 / 5.0
38 Reviews
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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
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love the router. I fits the lift table nicely.
August 9, 2018
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bosch 1617
Great router !
June 16, 2018
4 months ago
Pretty darn good
Like the soft start and multiple collets. Did a fine job on my dovetail joints. The only thing I wish it had is a shaft locking lever. Don’t like to try to work 2 wrenches and holding a bit. Very smooth router though. Beats my old black and decker. Adjustment is easy.
First dovetails in 35 years. Router made it easy
First dovetails in 35 years. Router made it easy
June 15, 2018
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Addition
Replaced a 30+ year old Craftsman in a Bosch Table. Did not like the bit height adjustment so I build a Rockler table around the router. I can do more now than I ever did before. The lift FX and large table top just seem to empower the router to do great things. Hardwood joints - no drag. Lock miters - plenty of power and accuracy. Mortise and Tenon - easy. Should have done this years ago. Also have the plunge base, need another 1617 VS to make it whole.
June 15, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Nice machine
Love it. Very reliable & well built. I’ve had one in my router table for over ten years and decided to get another to dedicate to the plunge base.
April 9, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
love these routers
I definitely recommend this router. I have 3 of them, 2 for free hand, one in my router table. Don't own the plunge base so I can't speak to that.
April 9, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Replacement Router
My 15 year old 1617EVS Bosch router died recently and I didn't hesitate to replace it with another. It has adequate power for all but the largest bits, height adjustment is easy and it has both 1/4" and 1/2" collets. It accepts the base from a Porter Cable router to mount templet guides without adapters. There is some bit movement when the latch is opened and closed so it is best to close the latch part way before measuring bit height. Some may find the use of two wrenches to tighten the collet less convenient than one wrench and a spindle lock but I feel more confident with two wrenches.
April 7, 2018
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great fixed base router for a table mount
I've long owned and liked a Makita plunge router but needed a fixed base model when I upgraded to a Kreg Router table for more precision.

I bought the Bosch for price and for the face plate access to height adjustment. Getting two collets was a bonus.

The Bosch allows height adjustment without needing a lift by drilling a small hole for a key access in the table mounting plate. I used this technique one or twice. It was less painful than having to manually move the router from under the table but not ideal. I bit the bullet and got the Kreg Lift to go with their table setup. I'm very happy with the router and the Kreg Table and Lift.
March 27, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bosch Router
Typical Bosch quality...AWESOME !!
Very quite for a router.
January 16, 2018
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Sale price and good reviews
russell s on Apr 25, 2018
Good price.
Frank G on Mar 4, 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
One of the listed routers which will fit the router lift purchased above.
Tony M on Jan 21, 2017
Goes with the cnc machine
William W on Nov 14, 2016
best price anywhere
Sean M on Nov 2, 2016
Required for router table.
Martin B on Oct 13, 2016
for use in my rockler router table
Thomas O on Jul 24, 2016
It's my son-in-law's birthday and he asked for this :-)
Elizabeth C on Apr 18, 2016
for my cnc machine
Charles R on Mar 20, 2016
It's the one will work on the Cnc
Jeff B on Feb 25, 2016
Great router with sufficient power & reasonable price (on sale) to use in the excellent Kreg router table.
Terrence D on Jan 2, 2016
only available router not owned by black and decker
Mike South S on Dec 30, 2015
power and reliability
alan s on Dec 14, 2015
fits the circle jig
jeff j on Dec 4, 2015
good basic router
Mark D on Nov 27, 2015
Great price on a nice router
Amber S on Nov 26, 2015
Right size and power for new router table
Tom M on Nov 15, 2015
Needed a heavier duty router for larger dove tailing projects. Wanted larger arbor.
Jim D on Nov 14, 2015
I was told by Rockler that my current Bosch MRC23EVS router would work with your AL Router Lift FX (Model #23194). I purchased the lift and It will NOT fit, it's too big, so I am ordering this router.
Keith S on Nov 13, 2015
Fit my needs.
Ken S on Nov 4, 2015
power and price and reviews
Todd W on Oct 21, 2015
It will fit my JessEm router table lift.
Gregory S on Mar 9, 2018
To fit the Rocker Router Lift
Norman M on Dec 22, 2017
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?
James D 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 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: This is an excellent router and I purchased it because I needed a ½ inch collet for the particular bit I had purchased. But having several other router tables I redesigned one to fit this Bosch router.
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.