If you can have only one router in your woodshop, this is certainly one to consider.
Features include a cord swivel where the 10-foot power cord connects to the motor, preventing twists or kinks in the power cord, LED lighting beneath the motor that illuminates the work area and a handle-based trigger switch in the right-side handle of both the plunge base and the fixed base for easy on/off of the soft-starting, variable-speed (10,000-25,000 RPM) router motor. Additionally, the plunge base has a smooth plunge action with a spring-loaded locking lever defaulting to locked position to make locking the depth position quick and easy, and an afterlock microfine depth adjustment for making minute depth changes without releasing the locking lever. The fixed base has a hex connection to accept the T-handle height adjustment wrench when the fixed base is mounted in a router table, basically eliminating the need for a router lift on the router table.
- 2.3 HP (maximum), 15-amp motor
- No Load Speed: 10,000-25,000 RPM
- Fixed Base Diameter: 6-inches
- Plunge Base Diameter: 6-11/16 inches
- Plunge Base Depth: 3-inches
- AC Power Cord Length: 10-feet
- Sub-base opening: 2-inches
Optional Available Accessories
Using the Bosch MRC23EVS
One concern that I had about the power switches in the handle is the reliability of the connection between the motor and the handle in the base. This connection is through a three-channel, 5-volt motor to base connection track. There are connections in the bases that make contact with the three tracks in the motor which allow for the on/off switch to be in the bases. I was originally concerned about sawdust interfering with this connection, but have heard no reports nor have I encountered a problem in testing of the router, so obviously this is not an issue. Kudos to Bosch engineers for such an ingenious idea.
Additionally, the speed adjustment dial is much larger and easier to adjust on the MRC23EVS, allowing the operator to easily see the speed setting (in increments of 1-6 correlating to the motor speed of 10,000-25,000 RPM).
One feature that I really like about the MRC23EVS is the quick motor release button for removing the motor from the bases. On the 1617EVS, there was a pin on the motor that needed to align with a groove on the base. Once the motor settled into position, then the motor needed to be twisted to get it to lock into place. If the pin and the groove weren't properly aligned, the motor could get stuck in the base, a situation that I encountered more than once in my use of the 1617EVS.
The MRC23EVS does it completely differently. The base is locked onto the motor with a large buckle latch, but once that is released, one can press on the coarse setting lever to allow the motor to slide up and down in the base (for major height adjustments). However, to remove the motor, instead of twisting and turning the base and motor, now one only need to press the motor release button and the motor can be easily removed from the base. In testing, I did find the coarse setting release lever to be a bit stiff, but perhaps that would loosen over time.