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Bosch MRC23EVSK vs Bosch 1617EVSPK: Which Wood Routers are Better?

Woodwork is amazing. There is something extremely satisfying about making your own furniture, whether it’s a hobby or you are a professional. That being said, to get the right results, you need the right tools. There is a good reason we turn to Bosch for woodwork tools, particularly routers.

We are going to compare two router combo sets from Bosch, the Bosch MRC23EVSK vs 1617EVSPK. We will discuss all of their features such as precision, power, and design. There will be a side-by-side chart for a quick review and some pros and cons of each.

Bosch MRC23EVSK vs Bosch 1617EVSPK

There are just a few similarities between the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK. We will look at these first.

Bosch MRC23EVSK vs Bosch 1617EVSPK – Similarities

Quick Glance

Below is a comparison chart with all of the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK specifications.

 

Bosch MRC23EVSK

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Image BOSCH MRC23EVSK Bosch 1617EVSPK
Combo Contents Motor, fixed base and plunge base routers Motor, fixed base and plunge base routers
Diameter Plunge base- 7 inches, fixed base- 6 inches Fixed Base- 6 inches
Design Silver and Bosch blue with black easy-grip handles Silver and Bosch blue with rounded wooden handles
Power 15amp/2.3 HP 12amp/2.25 HP
Trigger Control Yes No
Speed Range Variable- between 10,000 and 25,000 RPM Variable- between 8,000 and 25,000 RPM
LED Lighting Yes No
Range Micro-fine bit-depth adjustment from 0 to 2 inches Micro-fine bit-depth adjustment from 0 to 2 inches
Fixed Router Stability Three threaded holes for mounting Three threaded holes for mounting
Plunge Router Stability Spring-lock plunge lever and depth rod Not stated
Soft Start Yes Yes
What’s Included X2 self-releasing collets, X2 bit wrenches, T-Handle Hex Wrench, X3 M4 Screws for table mounting, carrying case. X2 self-releasing collets, X2 bit wrenches, T-Handle Hex Wrench, X3 M4 Screws for table mounting, carrying case.
Protection 1-year warranty, 30-day money-back guarantee, 1-year service protection plan. 1-year warranty, 30-day money-back guarantee, 1-year service protection plan.
Price

Purchasing Options

There are a range of compatible tools for the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK. You can also buy a combo set with a benchtop router table or with a deluxe router guide. We are going to focus on the combo set that includes a motor, a fixed base and a plunge base router.

Diameter

The diameter of the Bosch MRC23EVSK fixed base id 6 inches. The plunge base has a diameter of 7 inches. The Bosch 1617EVSPK also has a fixed base with a 6-inch diameter but there is no information in the plunge base— we would assume it is the same or very similar.

Range

Both the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK are incredibly accurate. They have a precision-centering design. The bit depth adjustment can be set from 0 to 2 inches with micro-fine bit adjustment.

Soft Start

Anyone who has pressed the trigger on an electric tool and been surprised by the initial speed will be happy with the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK. The soft-start ensures accuracy from the first point of contact.

What’s Included

With the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK, you will receive 2 self-releasing collets (1/4 inch and ½ inch), 16mm and 24 mm bit wrenches, a T-Handle hex wrench and 3 screws for table mounting. The combo sets come in a rugged carrying case.

We will now move on to the differences between the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK.

Differences Between Bosch MRC23EVSK vs Bosch 1617EVSPK

Design

It’s easy to spot the traditional Bosch design, more so with its color scheme.

BOSCH MRC23EVSK review

Bosch MRC23EVSK

The routers are silver and what we call Bosch blue. They both have black, easy-grip handles.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

The color of the routers is the same. The only difference is the handle design. It has rounded wooden handles.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Power and Speed Range

Both the power and the speed range will help with the clean and accurate cuts that you need.

Bosch 1617EVSPK wood router tool combo kit

Bosch MRC23EVSK

This has a 15amp, 2.3 HP motor. The variable speed range is from 10,000 to 25,000 RPM.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Although it has slightly less power at 12amp (2.25 HP), it still has a good speed range of 8,000 to 25,000 RPM.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Router Stability

Naturally, the stability of the routers is also going to play a large role in the accuracy of your cuts.

Bosch 1617EVSPK review

Bosch MRC23EVSK

The fixed router has three threaded holes for mounting. We liked the spring-lock plunge lever and depth rod with the plunge router.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

The fixed router also has three holes for mounting. There is no product information on the plunge router stability.

The Winner Is- The Bosch MRC23EVSK

Trigger Control

For us, this was a huge winning feature as it made such a difference to the ease of use.

Bosch 1617EVSPK comparison

Bosch MRC23EVSK

Built into the handles of the router, you have a trigger control. This means you can adjust the speed while keeping your handles firmly gripped.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

There is no control trigger. To adjust the speed there is a control dial.

The Winner Is- The Bosch MRC23EVSK

LED Lighting

It may not make a great deal of difference from some, but the LED lighting helps brighten up the area of cutting, again, adding to accuracy and ease of use.

BOSCH MRC23EVSK comparison

Bosch MRC23EVSK

This router has LED lighting.

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Unfortunately, there are no LED lights.

The Winner Is- The Bosch MRC23EVSK

Pros and Cons

We will look at a few pros and cons of the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK before our final decision.

Bosch MRC23EVSK

Pros:

  • Excellent depth adjustment and smooth operation
  • The design is great for ease of use
  • It is surprisingly quiet

Cons:

  • The LED lights are good, but it would be nice to have an on/off button

Bosch 1617EVSPK

Pros:

  • Quick and easy adjustments
  • It’s balanced with no vibrations
  • A good amount of power

Cons:

  • Some people have had problems getting the motor out of the base

The Final Verdict

It was quite an easy choice between the Bosch MRC23EVSK and the Bosch 1617EVSPK. Although the Bosch MRC23EVSK is around $50 more expensive, we thought it was well worth it. There wasn’t much difference in accuracy or power, so both combo sets are excellent. The advantage of the Bosch MRC23EVSK was the ease of use. The LED lights were a bonus but really it was the trigger control. It was so much easy to adjust the speed while keeping two handles safely on the handles.


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