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Just right for DIY
I have a Bosch 1617EVSPK combination router, have used it for several projects - medicine cabinets in which the shelves go into slots, hinge mortising for three new bedroom doors (with a door...Read complete review
I have a Bosch 1617EVSPK combination router, have used it for several projects - medicine cabinets in which the shelves go into slots, hinge mortising for three new bedroom doors (with a door hinge mortising kit), and a mounting base for a Hanukkah menorah made from an old wooden hockey stick. I realized after these that some of them would have been a lot easier with a router table, so got this one. It was easy to assemble except for leveling the mounting plate, which is pretty tricky. I still don't have it quite right, but it works fine at this point, having just done a bunch of rabbeting for a table frame. It is a pleasure to use. I was able to insert and change router bits without removing the router or the mounting plate from the table. The wrenches get in from under the table and the bit drops in from the top. In order to be able to do this you have to position the router the right way on the plate. Since it mounts with three bolts, there are three positions. Only one puts the height adjustment access aligned with a hole in the mounting plate, and that also puts one of the openings in the base in a good position to get wrenches in without removing anything. Height adjustment was really easy. The 1617EVS router comes with a T-wrench for this. No extra accessories needed. The fixed base works just fine. Two things could be better, otherwise it would get five stars. The dust collection port is not too effective, and lots of chips accumulate under the table and off to the side, but it is not a big problem, just a little extra cleanup when you are done. Also, it would be nicer if the switch would be on the right side of the front panel instead of the left, since that would make getting the wrenches in position easier. Nice addition to a very small shop, only about 110 square feet, but I found a spot for it.
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Purchased site unseen
I purchased the RA1181 online, where I could get the best price. I had never seen one of the tables before I unboxed this table. I was disappointed. I have some issues with...Read complete review
I purchased the RA1181 online, where I could get the best price. I had never seen one of the tables before I unboxed this table. I was disappointed. I have some issues with this product. First the table is so roughly textured wood would not slide across the table easily, the fence that comes with it won't even slide on the surface. I spent over an hour sanding the top with 320 grit sand paper to get it smooth enough for wood to slide on it, but the fence is still binding. The fence catches on the grooves cut in the table top at the back. Does anyone know a reason they are there, other than to cut weight and for appearance? I will probably fill them in with JB Weld then sand it smooth so the fence will slide smoothly across it across the top so I can make fine adjustments without it binding. Another issue I have is that I have to go around the back of the table to remove the motor from it's base to change bits. The placement of the switch makes it impractical to change bits or remove the motor from the front. The feather boards are toys. They are too rigid to be functional, plus the way they fasten to the fence are a joke. It's even worse when attempting to use them on the miter slot. You have 3 options for placement on the miter rail. I do like that the miter rail is of standard size so I can purchase other accessories to use with the table. The way the bit guard is held in place is also a joke, in my opinion. If you remove the guard the little plastic locators fall off and wind up rolling around on the floor. I will add that this is just my 3rd day of use with this table and I'm not at all pleased with my purchase. I will make it work, but I am having to make changes to their design as I go.
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from Las Vegas, NV, United States
Comments about Bosch Tools Benchtop Router Table:
This is my first router table, and it does the job. If I had a gripe it would be dust collection. Other than collecting at the fence it's non-existent. The grooves on the table get in the way of stock too.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Wichita, KS, United States
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great Router table top
from Des Moines, IA, United States
I had a craftsmen router table I upgraded to a Bosch professional router table the table top is so solid and wide making it easy to run long trim through. The fence is easily adjustable and is easy to make perfectly straight since it's all one piece unlike some. Plus it comes with 2 feather boards with indentations on the fence and on the table so you can easily mount them without even using clamp. Plus it has a cubbie hole on the side making a nice place to keep wrenches bits, etc.
from Springfield , Missouri
the table is fine with most routers except I have a Porter Cable 7518 and trying to find a mounting plate is a killer. the mounting plate should have had this hole pattern considering the 7518 was one of the highest rated for a router table. Still trying to find a way to make it work.
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Why no MITER GAUAGE
from Pensacola, FL, United States
This router table as a great reputation that's why I purchased it but why no miter gage and if you have this table what miter garage do you use.
from Clute, Texas, United States
Don't get me wrong, I love my new Bosch 1181. It works great, and does all that it is suppose to do. I had a problem when attempting to route the end of my rails for cabinet doors. Each time I passed the cutter blade, the piece got stuck on the left hand wooden insert on the fence. I tried all kinds of adjustments, even inserted a thin washer behind the left hand fence board to try to compensate for the left side. I even made a 1/4 inch over lay and attached that on top of the existing inserts. Nothing worked. I then carefully measured to thickness of the two boards and found that the left board was a bit thinker than the right one. I placed it on my belt sander and carefully, checking frequently, I got it so the piece passes smoothly. Its all good.
Best on the market in this price range
from Spencer, IN, United States
This table is the best value on the market for light to medium use. Once set up, it produces professional results and is a joy to use. The best feature is the solid aluminum top--(the one I have is perfectly flat). The plastic base is well engineered and because of the hollows beneath the feet, it can be utilized to "stud" mount it to a table. I built a rolling table with locking wheels and storage for tools, bits accessories, etc. The unit is secured to the rolling table on studs with wing nuts for easy removal and portability. It does take some patience to dial in the router mounting plate to get it level--but once that is done your good to go. It also takes some practice to get the correct insertion depth of router bits into the collet to make it I work for specific projects in conjunction with the router height adjustments. The settings of the fence also demand quite a bit of trial and error--check and double check.
My 1st Router Table
from Surprise, AZ
I bought this 8 weeks ago. I was converting kitchen shelves to pull-out draws for my wife. Once I understood how everything worked and the sequence of performing the various required routing it really became easy. It was very easy / simple / quick to change out the bits and to adjust the fence and the depth of cut. The only suggestion I have would be to relocate where you plug in the router and the vacuum. I would have to switch the vacuum between the various pieces of equipment I was using and I would have to reach in from the back to plug in to outlet located in the front. Other then that everything seems to be working fine.
Great value and features
from Milwaukee, WI, United States
Table makes routing easy. Once assembled, setup is a breeze.
Great compromise for a small shop
from Verona NJ
Good bench router table for a small space at a good price. I recommend getting a spare dedicated router.
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