Tool Test: A New Track in Routers


Bosch’s ‘out of the box’ thinking nets an innovative router design.
By Glen D. Huey
Page: 16

From the June 2010 issue #183
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What makes the Bosch MRC23EVSK combination kit different? For starters, this router has a low-voltage, trigger control system where the on/off switch is in the router’s handle. You’re right: That’s not new – except for the fact that Bosch fit this feature into a fixed-base router, and the motor swaps out to power a plunge base, too.

The key element is a 5-volt track connection where one half of the track is attached to the 15-amp, variable-speed motor, while the second half is mounted in the router’s fixed base and plunge base. Align the motor to either base and slip the two track halves together to engage the controls. Without the track halves connected, the motor doesn’t power up.


From the June 2010 issue #183
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