Bosch 1617EVSPK Variable Speed Router Review

If you wish to have a speed router that’s designed to be rugged and durable, then look no further than the Bosch 1617EVSPK. It is everything you’re searching for and then some when it comes to a router kit that’s both fixed-base and plunge, allowing you to utilize it for years to come. It’s known to last long because its bases and motor housing is made of rust-free aluminum.

Furthermore, its power switch is strategically placed and made to be dust-sealed, ensuring its continued operation no matter how much you use this router. It even includes a rugged carrying case for good measure, containing all the components of your Bosch 1617EVSPK so that you can go ahead with all your routing needs in one go every time.

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Powerful, Variable-Speed Motor with Soft Start

The Bosch 1617EVSPK has an amazingly impactful 12 amp or 2.25 horsepower motor that features speed ranges of 8,000 RPM and all the way to 25,000 RPM, making it versatile enough to serve all sorts of wood-hollowing or routing applications. It has a dial that enables you to set the speed that you prefer for the routing task ahead. It also depends on whether you’re dealing with sticky softwood or tough hardwood.

The electric motor-driven spindle maintains a constant speed throughout the routing process depending on what speed setting you put it into. This allows for more precise and altogether cleaner results when all is said and done. It even has soft-start integrated into the device, which ensures torque reduction care of the motor.

Accurate Fixed and Plunge Base Cuts

Aside from having the ability to make a smooth routing transition from one torque or speed setting to another, the Bosch 1617EVSPK is also dependable in terms of handling and cuts. This device is designed so that no matter how powerful the torque you use, your routing remains dependably deep.

Furthermore, you can choose between two routing styles, which are plunge routing and fixed-depth routing. The bit depth adjustments are quite precise with this gadget due to micro-fine bit depth adjustment system included in the package, giving you an overall range of an inch and accuracy that reaches 1/64 of an inch.

Bosch 1617EVSPK Specifications

  • Weighs 19.5 pounds. 2 by 19.5 by 14.5 inches in size. Electronic variable speed router
  • Includes the following accessories:
    • EVS Motor (16176), Plunge base (RA1166), and Fixed base (RA1151)
    • Half and quarter inch collet chucks
    • T-handle hex-height adjustment wrench
    • Ergonomic forged 16-millimeter and 24-millimeter bit change wrenches
  • The plunge base has soft-grip handles
  • A powerful and impactful 2.25 HP motor
  • Micro-fine depth adjustment capabilities
  • Variable speed from 8,000 to 25,000 RPM
  • Includes the following guarantees and warranties
    • 1-year limited warranty
    • 1-year service protection plan
    • 30-day money back guarantee

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Bosch 1617EVSPK Review

I love the Bosch 1617EVSPK. It hollows out my woodworking projects just fine, resulting in more complex and ornate structures that my customers demand from me. When I bought the product, the box contained quite a lot of accessories such as a carrying case, a plunge and fixed base, chip shields for both of the bases, wrenches, and collet chucks. In other words, you won’t have to buy extra accessories everywhere, it’s already included in this kit and then some.

It’s like having different routers in one router with the way it can be customized and adjusted by speed and by base. This is why I gave this product a rating of 9.5 out of 10.

Things to Improve

The Bosch 1617EVSPK Combo Router isn’t a perfect router by any stretch of the imagination despite its high ratings. It has flaws that have left a certain portion of the reviewers who’ve availed of it miffed and disappointed.

To be more specific, even though these customers do agree that the machine’s positive comments and reviews are well-earned, it also suffers from issues and detriments such as a base plate that might require resetting even though it’s already centered at the factory if you’re doing close tolerance work involving a Leigh dovetail jig and whatnot. You should beware because high-tolerance operations can break this router apart.


Although there are complaints about the Bosch 1617EVSPK having a side-to-side wobble when used in plunge mode, resulting in a bit that ruins router accuracy, these few and far between.

For the most part, the customers can’t stop raving about its precision centering to keep the bit on carving out the intended outline when using dovetail fixtures. Any flaw can be fixed, customized, and adjusted, but for people not doing high-tolerance operations, the device works just fine. It’s doable.

Do check out other best wood routers here.

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