Bosch MRC23EVSK Plunge & Fixed-Base Router Review

The Bosch MRC23EVSK is a router pack that has everything you’re looking for when it comes to routers. Either types of action—plunge or fixed routing—cover a wide range of applications involving plastic routing and woodworking.

If you wish for more control on either type of base, the Bosch MRC23EVSK is your best bet. This is because it has a trigger-controlled power system complete with a power switch in both types of bases so that you have enhanced control as an operator.

You can turn it on and turn it off as required for your more complex cuts and routing in a gun trigger manner, wherein it activates at every pull of the trigger like a firearm of sorts.

More Control in Either Base

The Bosch MRC23EVSK is all about giving you as much control as possible in order to allow you the optimal speed for the task (which can also be varied depending on the application, whether it’s dealing with metal or hardwoods as well as plastic and softwoods without resulting in you overdoing the routing or undershooting and potentially damaging your router.

You’ll also be able to work longer hours with this router because of its ergonomic handles that are contoured to the shape of a human hand and designed to have the softest of grips so you won’t feel like you’re gripping something unwieldy, like a brick or a concrete slab that incidentally does routing work. The more comfortable your hand is, the less likely you’ll suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Microfine Precision and Powerful Variable-Speed Motor

The Bosch MRC23EVSKrouter’s plunge base has AfterlockMicrofine bit-depth adjustment that ensures your bit-depth is adjusted at any plunge setting you wish with the accuracy of a measuring tape. The continuous depth range for the fixed based adjuster is 1 inch to 0.625 of an inch.

The motor of the Bosch MRC23EVSK is also renowned for its variable speed, with a speed range of 10,000 RPM to 25,000 RPM (it has a higher minimum RPM rate compared to many routers out there). Meanwhile, you can make full use of that speediness and sheer power of your motor by utilizing its Constant Response Circuitry and the adjustable turret stop for any jobs requiring multiple-pass operations (in other words, you need to do repetitive plunge cuts that are all the same size and depth).

Bosch MRC23EVSK Specifications

  • Smooth plug action. Trigger control system
  • Spring-lock plunge lever. Constant Response Circuitry
  • Variable speed dial that’s easy to turn
  • Trigger switch situated on the handle itself
  • Dual base type for different routing applications
  • Depth rod for measured and accurate plunge routing
  • Always-on LED lighting that lets you see what you’re doing
  • Afterlockmicrofine depth adjustment to control routing depth
  • Adaptable fixed-base depth adjustment for your routing needs
  • 1 to 0.625 inch continuous depth range for fixed-base adjustment
  • Hex wrench for microfine adjustment via topmost optional router table
  • Easy and precise adjustment regardless of the plunge setting you’ve chosen
  • 10,000 to 25,000 RPM (its minimum RPM is faster than most router’s own speeds)

Bosch MRC23EVSK Review

I mostly favor the Bosch MRC23EVSK over other viable routers because it’s so stable and smooth. The fixed base has threaded holes (the three-hole pattern, to be exact) that allow me to mount it to router tables. This makes it stable when I go about my woodworking projects.

I also love the smooth plunge action delivered by this device. The depth rod, in particular, delivers easy and precise routing and the plunge lever is spring-lock to boot. Because it’s a fixed and plunge router in one device, you won’t have to worry about buying two devices to do two jobs. You can instead just buy this product and accomplish both types of projects with the price of one router. I think a 9.5 out of 10 rating is perfectly fair.

Things to Improve

There are certain customers who really hate this router. According to its high scores from the majority of users who own it, the ones who dislike the Bosch MRC23EVSK are the minority. However, that doesn’t make their opinion any less valid. People particularly criticize the MRC23EVSK for its constant failures, which suggest outlier copies of the device are prone to damage or simply don’t work properly.

This can be blamed on either Bosch quality control or something happening on the delivery or shipment end of the production cycle. In particular, some customers complain about how it fails to raise the bit due to damage and indentation.


Again, the bad or low-grade Bosch MRC23EVSK routers that a small percentage of customers get are outliers to the majority of routers that work fine and have gotten high scores like 9.5 over 10 from the users who’ve actually availed of them and have verified purchases when making their reviews.

There’s not much to hate about the Bosch MRC23EVSK when you consider its pedigree and special specs like its 2.3 HP motor, variable speed range of 10,000 to 25,000 RPM, and its Constant Response Circuitry that ensures consistent cutting and routing every time. When it comes to routing, the MRC23EVSK is definitely one of the best routers around.

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