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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.

(1) Bosch 2-1/4 HP VS Router
(1) 1/4" Collet
(1) 1/2" Collet
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Brand Bosch
Manufacturer Part Number 1617EVS
Weight 11.0500
Speed Range 8000 - 25000 RPM
HP 2-1/4 HP
4.6 / 5.0
61 Reviews
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Great tool
Excellent router. Quite by comparison to most of my others. plenty of power for stile and rail doors with raised panels. The variable speed is also nice, first time I've owned a variable.
April 1, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great.
March 8, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome router.
This is my first router. Love the soft start. Paired it with a Rockler router table. Highly recommend both.
February 23, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great router! Lots of power, with speed control. Fits into rockler lift nearly perfectly, only trouble is the On/off switch is tiny and partially blocked by the lift.
January 28, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Purchased this to go along with the Rockler Complete Router Table. Once I found the proper screws in the table hardware bag, the installation was simple. Ease of installing bits was nice, as was the ease of adjusting the height of the bit. When turned on, it quickly reached speed and the noise is fairly low. The first thing I was cutting on was some 1 3/4" beech and the router never bogged down. I will recommend this.
December 29, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I would buy it again and recommend it to anyone looking for a router.
Has plenty of power and very comfortable to use.
December 28, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice handling router
I purchased this Bosch router for my router table. Very impressed with how easy the housing came off. I love the dual collets. Impressive power. Happy with my purchase.
October 22, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It’s a great router. No complaints at all.
September 25, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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.
Just hanging out
Just hanging out
September 21, 2019
7 months 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
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Lots of good reviews
Colin H on Apr 3, 2020
To replace one that broke
Wayne W on Mar 23, 2020
Lots of good reviews
Colin H on Apr 3, 2020
Replace one that broke. Wouldn't turn on.
DENNIS K on Mar 24, 2020
To replace one that broke
Wayne W on Mar 23, 2020
I already have one, I want another so I can leave it in the router table all the time
Marlin P on Mar 21, 2020
Needed a router that had a 1/2 inch collet. Only had a 1/4 inch on the old Sears router.
Daniel S on Dec 14, 2019
It is compatible with the table
Karen W on Dec 11, 2019
Bosch makes a great product and the price was great.
Matthew H on Nov 29, 2019
Needed a quality router to mount on my table.
James J on Nov 25, 2019
I have the same router that I transfer between hand held and installed in my router table. It's a great router and this will allow me to keep one installed in the router table.
Ken A C on Nov 9, 2019
I already have one mounted on a lift in my router table, and don't want to take it apart just to use it as a regular router. Plus I really like this one and the price is good.
MICHAEL R on Oct 31, 2019
Your web site listed this as one of the routers to use with the CNC Shark HD5
John R on Oct 24, 2019
Bosch has top quality products. I have a Bosch plunge router and a Colt and love them both. I purchased this to complement that and to be used primarily in a router table.
B O on Oct 2, 2019
I like Bosch products. Great quality.
Kevin S on Sep 23, 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
Replace one that broke. Wouldn't turn on.
DENNIS K on Mar 24, 2020
I already have one, I want another so I can leave it in the router table all the time
Marlin P on Mar 21, 2020
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
Recommended router speed for cabinet bits?
A shopper on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Has a good range of speeds compared to other routers.
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
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 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.
Can I get this 220v?
Mohammed M on Feb 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes Bosch makes similar 220V routers to the 1617EVS... but In the US almost all Bosch tools are the120VAC/60Hz configuration only. 220V routers might be found used.

For example, the Bosch GOF 1600 CE is a 220V router sold in Australia and other countries. 1st look for the country with 220V power here and then look for a Bosch country site here That will you get you to 220V router options.
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.

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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.