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Bosch 1617EVSPK-RT 2.25 HP Combination Plunge and Fixed-Base Router Kit (Reconditioned) $149.59

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Good price for factory reconditioned version of one of the best router packages out there. Use code JULYSALE. Shipping is free.

For reference, the new version is currently $219 on Amazon, but drops to $179 about once a year (black friday 2019 was the last time).

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Good deal! In for 1. I have needed a plunge base for my Colt, and was going to drop the money on that, but this is more powerful and I can use it in a router table.
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Unlike Direct Tools, 'Reconditioned' with CPO is hit and miss for appearance.... some look like new and some are very much less than.

That said, if you plan to do a lot of hand held routing, buy a router with a trigger switch in the handle.... (which is not this one). Taking one hand off to turn on or off the router, you get into trouble, or you drop it and it keeps on running, etc., you will understand the why it is a lot safer with more control.

Take your pick, as Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, etc. all have a model with a switch on the handle, but there is a difference. Many have the trigger mounted parallel with the router inside a D handle and not natural for your finger. There are exceptions that get it right.... Just for reference, as cheaper elsewhere, one example is the Bosch MRP23EVS [homedepot.com]. Click on the 360 view and see how the switch is very comfortably where it is suppose to be when your hand is on the handle.

The OP router is probably great for a router table that does not have a lift and sure, you can use it free handed.... but there are better options.
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Quote from ToolDeals :
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Unlike Direct Tools, 'Reconditioned' with CPO is hit and miss for appearance.... some look like new and some are very much less than.

That said, if you plan to do a lot of hand held routing, buy a router with a trigger switch in the handle.... (which is not this one). Taking one hand off to turn on or off the router, you get into trouble, or you drop it and it keeps on running, etc., you will understand the why it is a lot safer with more control.

Take your pick, as Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, etc. all have a model with a switch on the handle, but there is a difference. Many have the trigger mounted parallel with the router inside a D handle and not natural for your finger. There are exceptions that get it right.... Just for reference, as cheaper elsewhere, one example is the Bosch MRP23EVS [homedepot.com]. Click on the 360 view and see how the switch is very comfortably where it is suppose to be when your hand is on the handle.

The OP router is probably great for a router table that does not have a lift and sure, you can use it free handed.... but there are better options.
I only buy new...

To me a "reconditioned " at anything less than 70% off, isn't worth it. And even at 70% off, it can vary.

The 1617evspk is a great setup (probably the best router system <$300) but a few months, spend $50 more, and get new. 30,000rpm carbide chunks in a reconditioned tool,, isn't a good "route" if 20% off.
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I only buy new...

To me a "reconditioned " at anything less than 70% off, isn't worth it. And even at 70% off, it can vary.

The 1617evspk is a great setup (probably the best router system <$300) but a few months, spend $50 more, and get new. 30,000rpm carbide chunks in a reconditioned tool,, isn't a good "route" if 20% off.
I concur, reconditioned has to be cheap.... I was negative on factory blemished until I saw those from directtoolsoutlet in new, sealed boxes.

If portable, I want the router switch on the handle as a kill switch. I have seen them buzzing around the floor and excited, people trying to grab instead of just unplugging. Besides I am paying for the Workman's Comp, I don't want anyone hurt, either.

Personally, I think someone should buy whatever they want to buy after they have done their research.
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Quote from ToolDeals :
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Unlike Direct Tools, 'Reconditioned' with CPO is hit and miss for appearance.... some look like new and some are very much less than.

That said, if you plan to do a lot of hand held routing, buy a router with a trigger switch in the handle.... (which is not this one). Taking one hand off to turn on or off the router, you get into trouble, or you drop it and it keeps on running, etc., you will understand the why it is a lot safer with more control.

Take your pick, as Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, etc. all have a model with a switch on the handle, but there is a difference. Many have the trigger mounted parallel with the router inside a D handle and not natural for your finger. There are exceptions that get it right.... Just for reference, as cheaper elsewhere, one example is the Bosch MRP23EVS [homedepot.com]. Click on the 360 view and see how the switch is very comfortably where it is suppose to be when your hand is on the handle.

The OP router is probably great for a router table that does not have a lift and sure, you can use it free handed.... but there are better options.
One thing worth mentioning is if you are using a plunge base you should always retract the bit when you move the router from the work piece. As such, trigger position is less critical from a safety standpoint. The fixed base is where you gain the safety advantage. I do not have this kit so I can't vouch for it but it has a trigger on both bases: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch.../202531310 With all that said, a trigger switch is without a doubt more convenient.

IMO, generally speaking, if there is one tool in a woodshop you don't skimp on it's a router setup. Buy new, buy quality, and but it once. And slow, steady, and deliberate is 100% critical.
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Quote from ToolDeals :
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Unlike Direct Tools, 'Reconditioned' with CPO is hit and miss for appearance.... some look like new and some are very much less than.

That said, if you plan to do a lot of hand held routing, buy a router with a trigger switch in the handle.... (which is not this one). Taking one hand off to turn on or off the router, you get into trouble, or you drop it and it keeps on running, etc., you will understand the why it is a lot safer with more control.

Take your pick, as Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, etc. all have a model with a switch on the handle, but there is a difference. Many have the trigger mounted parallel with the router inside a D handle and not natural for your finger. There are exceptions that get it right.... Just for reference, as cheaper elsewhere, one example is the Bosch MRP23EVS [homedepot.com]. Click on the 360 view and see how the switch is very comfortably where it is suppose to be when your hand is on the handle.

The OP router is probably great for a router table that does not have a lift and sure, you can use it free handed.... but there are better options.
So sad. Was hoping for a real refurbished and not potentially beat to hell. Guess I'll have to wait again. Luckily lumber still way overpriced
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So sad. Was hoping for a real refurbished and not potentially beat to hell. Guess I'll have to wait again. Luckily lumber still way overpriced
Maybe hit the yard sales.... there are plenty of routers out there that have never been used, or slightly used. I have found plenty of tools still new in the box.... probably Slickdeal patrons... lol
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