Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NOLAMAN Great features , but
Bought this about a month ago and have been using it building an entertainment center with my son-in-law. Like the power, the soft start, the led lights, two collet sizes, but was expecting a shaft-lock rather than two wrenches, and find the trigger must be squeezed and held hard, or else the unit turns off and a tighter squeeze on the trigger is required AGAIN.
March 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jimwood Exudes the quality I expect from Bosch.
Parts convey attention to real world use and details. You must pause for a moment operating free hand to wait for motor to reach set speed which is more refined and manageable than hard start designs, cutting 1/2 inch box joints through thick oak the power was well regulated. A convienant hex key elevation adjustment can be made with both hands mounted above the router table . This permits dialing in bit depth while using a reference gauge to verify precision, overall impression after two months is that this tool is very well designed and made with quality parts an d solutions.
May 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bbnnlmn A router for hardwoods
I needed a router that could handle hardwood such as hickory. This router did not bog down when doing a 3/4" round over on hickory. The soft start is really great at reducing torque effects at startup. The hand grips provide great control and still being comfortable. The trigger switch on the hand grip also aids in control.
May 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Waynelb Best router I own.
Three years ago I bought this Bosch Router model number 1617EVS. I own a number of routers , but this is best. It has served me well and done every thing I have asked of it. I would buy this tool again.
July 25, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RJ Roberts My First Router
Just purchased this router the other day. It works great! I think what sold me was the trigger on the handle. You don't have to lift your hand off the machine to tun it off or on. A very save feature. I was considering another brand that was less expensive but from a lot of previous experiences, you sure get what you pay for. No more cheap tools for me. In the end they are just not worth it after all the hassles you go through. I can see I will be looking for more ways to use this router.
March 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Marvin Performance exceeds my expectations, however,
The routers' performance is exceptional and the powering up cycle is very smooth. However, the router that this new Bosch MRF23EVS replaced was faithful and used for twenty+ years, it just got old and the bearings gave up. The Bosch is everything that my old one was plus a little more power which I was looking for . So you will understand my surprise when setting up to run this new Bosch machine and found it DOES NOT HAVE AN AUTOMATIC SHAFT LOCK for installing router bits. After twenty years I didn't even think that all routers would not have that. I mean come on! Two wrenches needed to install a BIT??? When shopping I didn't even stop to consider current router technology would not have that, it should be a standard by now shouldn't it? I have faith that this Bosch will run as long as my old one but am very disappointed about the primitive bit installation.
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 love everything about it
I picked this router mainly because of the trigger switch which would be more enjoyable without the soft start feature. The 2-wrench collet works better than the competitors'. I had just finished making a clear base for another router, so naturally I am real pleased with this clear base. This router also seams to be quieter than my others. I love the height adjustment system, especially the way it can be used in a router table.
June 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tooler Great Tool
Great tool , good improvement from the 1617 Router.
July 24, 2012