In this post I will be comparing the top two selling Wood Routers from Bosch, the PR20EVSK 1 HP also known as the Colt Palm Router and the 1617EVSPK 2.25 HP Router. I am going to compare the features of these two wood routers side by side to help you make sense of the differences and similarities so you can better decide which model might be the right one for you.
The great news is that you almost can’t go wrong here. Both of these routers have great ratings and offer excellent value for the price (both are under $300!) but one gives you just a bit more for your money and it might not be the one you think.
This little palm router is considered a trim router to most wood worker, as it has a limited range of jobs that it can handle around the shop. The small ¼ collect and low horse power can only handle lightweight task like trimming laminate, basic decorative trim or designs, but for those into wood crafting and sign making this might be the perfect model.
You will notice the over molded grip that contours to your hand very nicely which makes one hand operations easy compared to Bosch larger router models, along with the finger guards on the front of the fixed base.
Forget mounting this router to a table as the size and horsepower are not built for that type of work. It will not be able to handle the bigger jobs like creating raised panel, slots or cutting
The 1617EVSPK fits into the mid-size router range with an aluminum motor housing and the ability to use both ¼ and ½ collect sizes. This 2.25 horse powered router is built to last. One of the nice features on this router is that it’s set-up to mount on several different router tables.
The ability to have both a ½ and ¼ inch collect/shafts gives the user a wider range of bits to create beautiful wood working pieces. The range of bits sizes you can use are 1/4, 3/8, ½ and 8mm to make rabbiting joints, dovetails and create raised panels on doors for any type of cabinet or fine furniture work without any kickback or having the motor overheat.
The soft start motor and six different variable speed settings gives the home wood worker a lot of versatility, plus the ability to mount this router on a table as bit changes are easy with the Bosch 1617EVSPK. That little feature, along with the lower RPM range makes all type of wood working projects easy to create in your workshop.
|Soft Start Motor:||Yes||Yes|
|Variable Speed Dial:||6 settings||6 settings|
|RPM Speed:||16,000 to 33,000||8,000 to 25,000|
|Collect/Shaft Sizes:||1/4 only||1/4 and 1/2|
|Power Switch:||Rocker Switch||Dust Sealed Switch|
|Quick Clamp Lever:||Yes||Yes|
|Fixed/Plunge Base Kits:||Yes||Yes|
|Router Table Mounting:||No||Yes|
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|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Both of these router models from Bosch have a good consumer rating. They both can be purchased with just the router motor or in a combo kit with a fixed and plunge base, but the 1617EVSK has a slightly higher rating due to the fact that it has a few more features and more horse power compared to the PR20EVSK.
When it comes to price the Bosch 1617EVSK combo kit is about 50 dollars more, then the PR20EVSK combo kit. So price is really not a huge issue in deciding which router to buy. It is more about the features and versatility that you want in a wood router. So if you really want to get into fine wood working as a hobby, paying the extra $50 to get the one that can handle all different types of bits, has more power and allows you to mount it on a router table is a huge savings in the long run.
These two routers would work for any beginning woodworker. The advantage of buying the Bosch 1617EVSK as your first wood router is that it gives you a nice all around tool that will allow you to tackle all types of projects at home and create some beautiful furniture pieces, too.
The PR20EVSK is a great little wood router for any one that just wants to do simple wood crafts, basic DIY projects around the house or already has a larger wood router that they don’t want to remove from the table in their shop.