Don’t get me wrong — I like my old Porter Cable 690 series router, but if I was a first-time router buyer today, there are so many more choices. Electronic speed control, built-in dust collection, and height adjustment are all key features my router is missing. But one of the coolest new features has to be Bosch’s router table base.
It’s a fixed base with both coarse and fine bit depth adjustment, but what’s really cool is that you can access the height adjustment when the base is mounted in a router table, no router lift required.
It looks like Bosch is including the router table base with most of its 1617EVS router kits. Take Bosch’s 1617EVSPK pack, for instance: You get a 2-1/4hp variable speed router motor with plunge and fixed/router table base — a setup that’ll satisfy both beginner and intermediate woodworkers’ needs — for as low as $200. You can pick up the router table base separately for $65 if you already own a 1617EVS router motor.