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Bosch GOF 1600 CE

Bosch GOF 1600 CE

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Only used less than 10 times

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I bought this router last year and only used less than 10 times so far, and its dead.

I was routing dovetail, i felt it struggled on end grain, it slowed down and almost stalled. I stopped and checked around no smoke or anything obvious. Let it rested for a minute, then it restarted , but after a few pass it died completely.

Time to experience bosch warranty service.

Date PurchasedJun 2016
harmo

harmoACT, 2914

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One of the most comfortable routers I've ever used, and very powerful!

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Peter Marsh

Peter Marshasked

The problem alluded to here of the fixed base {or lack thereof} is a concern. I have several Bosch Professional tools and I love them all. I hope I can one day say the same for a Bosch router. I would hope that the supply of the fixed base has been resolved. Why bring out 2/3rds of a beautiful solution?

Also, I want to mount the router beneath a table. Is there a mechanism to attach to the fine adjustment mechanism so that I can raise / lower the router from above? That, coupled with the easy bit change would make it a dream to use on a router table.

I know that I am perhaps asking for a lot, it’s just that I have seen this sort of facility available elsewhere.

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harmo
harmo

Hi Peter,

The fixed base is very difficult to find. However, to my knowledge, there isn't a commercially available router lift (to give you above table adjustments) for this router anywhere. Mostly because the size is sufficiently different from the normal U.S. cylindrical routers. Even if you did separate the router from the base in order to mount it, and found a router lift that could fit it (not all would) remember that the GOF1600CE trigger is part of the base, rather than the router itself. As such, you'd need to "hotwire" it or create a custom interface to the rail contacts that the base switch uses. Some people have done it, but it's a DIY job for sure on the mount, the router lift, and the switch.

I did a ton of research on this and wasn't satisfied by the options. I actually found that it's easier to simply buy a router lift + router motor combination. In the end, I opted to replace the router entirely with a CNC spindle kit + router lift + adaptor to reduce the noise, and up the power to 2.2KW. However, this obviously won't suit everyone.

I think the greatest limitation with this router are the problems with mounts, switch placement, and compatible hardware. I think Bosch never considered it to be anything but a largely "stand alone" device... other than bits, and dust collection of course!

Good luck, I am sorry I wasn't more help.
Hamish.

P.S. Australian routers are, for the most part, too big and/or not cylindrical enough to fit into the more common router lifts. Most of the common models here sold in places like Bunnings, Sydney Tools, and other places is that they simply do not work with router lifts at all. I was honestly surprised how hard it was to find a suitable router motor here in Aus. You might want to have a look at a dedicated wood working store. If you have a browse at the routing > router table accessories section of the Timbecon website, you can at least get a compatible set.

Peter Marsh
Peter Marsh

Thanks Harmo, concise answer. In the meanwhile I did discover Timbecon who supply a round profile motor which will fit nicely the router lifts. There is one better, a product that has a remote connection that includes on / off and emergency stop as well as speed control. This I found on https://www.woodworksupplies.com.au/. It costs a significant amount but for the functionality may be worth it. Even when I had access to a spindle moulder, the biggest pain was changing speeds by way of a belt and pulley system. This approach is as simple as you can get.

By the way, you mentioned using a CNC spindle kit. How does this compare to a round profile motor? Cheers.

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