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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
69 Reviews
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Great router
Strong power with variable speed, I love it.
June 9, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Solid router
Smooth operation and plenty of power
June 5, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bosch 2 1/4 HP router
set it up on my router table easy set up, looking forward to using it.
May 22, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just the upgrade for the Shark CNC. Now I'm able to plow through material faster using larger shaft tooling. Increased versatility is always good in the shop.
April 26, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great router!
I really like this router. It has plenty of power and is well built. I use it with my router table for making molded edges and trim. As a table router it is easy to adjust using the provided hex key. I bought this router to replace an older model that stopped working, but I think that may have been caused by dust buildup on the brushes. I would recommend occasionally cleaning and blowing out dust to prevent that.
April 21, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
So powerful and so quiet. I love it.
April 7, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great.
March 8, 2020
5 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
5 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
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
to go with my rockler dove tail jig
Norman a on May 15, 2020
Very reasonable price and Bosch brand.
young y on Apr 29, 2020
to go with my rockler dove tail jig
Norman a on May 15, 2020
need a new router, have used my friends and liked it
Ben S on May 13, 2020
Very reasonable price and Bosch brand.
young y on Apr 29, 2020
Good reviews, lightweight, quiet, reputation of Bosch
dave h on Apr 27, 2020
Replace my damaged router
Michael D on Apr 19, 2020
I have one of these but I need another for my router table. Very good routers.
Andrew Stoop S on Apr 19, 2020
Need a dedicated router for router table with 1/2” collet
Wyatt W on Apr 16, 2020
Because i needed 1/2" collet and this one has both 1/4 and 1/2
Bernard Z on Apr 15, 2020
It chose me.
Craig S on Apr 14, 2020
Needed a 2nd so I can leave one in my table.
Tag P on Apr 10, 2020
had one before
LRobin S on Apr 10, 2020
Same as the one I wore out.
jeffrey b on Apr 8, 2020
great buy and price and will work well with the router table
michael d on Apr 8, 2020
Plenty of power and it specifically fits the lift for the table.
Dale H on Apr 6, 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
need a new router, have used my friends and liked it
Ben S on May 13, 2020
Good reviews, lightweight, quiet, reputation of Bosch
dave h on Apr 27, 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: super easy adjustment with the correct positioning of the router in the clamp.
What is the diameter of the hole in the base plate?
Bernard Z on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: to the best of my measuring the center hole has a diameter of 2 1/16 inches
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
BEST ANSWER: No it does not
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.