|Item Weight||30 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.75 x 27 x 14.5 inches|
|Item model number||RA1181|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Style||Benchtop Router Table|
|Finish||Clear-Coated Aluminum Top|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Included Components||(1) Starter Pin Guard, (2) Outfeed Fence Shims, (3) Mounting Plate Insert Rings, (1) RA1181 benchtop router table, (1) Starter Pin, (1) Adjustable Clear Guard, (1) Hardware for Mounting Routers, (2) Adjustable Featherboards|
|Warranty Description||30 day money back guarantee, 1 yr limited warranty, 1 yr service protection plan|
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||22.75 x 27 x 14.5 inches|
|Finish Type||Clear-Coated Aluminum Top|
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- Benchtop router table design – Features a large aluminum top for extended work area, durability and precision
- Rigid aluminum mounting plate – Pre-drilled for compatibility with a variety of routers and for above-table height adjustment
- Extra tall aluminum fence – Has adjustable faceplates and feather boards to maximize precision and versatility
- Dedicated standard dust-collection port – Fits standard 2-1/2 inch vacuum hoses for debris-free operation to help keep your work area clean
- Easy-to-use adjustable feather boards – Attach to fence and table, providing additional guidance and kickback protection
- Accessory slot – Accepts feather boards and 3/4 inch optional accessories such as a miter gauge
- Storage pocket – Allows storage of router accessories
- Cord-wrap storage – Stores 6 feet power cord
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Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table
The Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table provides a large work surface for precision and versatility. The large aluminum top makes the table both durable and portable. Designed to fit a variety of routers, this router table is a versatile piece of equipment that will serve as an indispensable part of any woodworking shop. Its rigid aluminum router mounting plate is pre-drilled for compatibility with a variety of routers and for above table height adjustment with many common routers. Its 2-1/2 In. dust-collection port offers better dust collection for a cleaner work environment. This benchtop router table includes mounting hardware, features a tall aluminum fence with adjustable MDF faceplates, two outfeed shims, and an aluminum router mounting plate. The starter pin and guard for routing curved workpieces is also included, in addition to the built-in cord wrap for convenient storage and portability.
Large Aluminum Top
For extended work area, durability, and precision.
Aluminum Mounting Plate
Pre-drilled for compatibility with a variety of routers and for above table height adjustment with some routers
Extra Tall Aluminum Fence
With adjustable MDF faceplates and featherboards to maximize precision and versatility.
Dust Collection Port
To help keep your work area clean.
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The Bosch RA1181 bench top router table provides a large work surface for woodworking and routing. Designed to fit a variety of routers, this router table is a versatile piece of equipment that will serve as an indispensable part of any woodworking shop. Its 2 1/2 inch dust collection port offers better dust collection for a cleaner work environment. The large aluminum top makes the table both durable and portable. This bench top router table includes mounting hardware, features a tall aluminum fence with adjustable MDF face plates, two out feed shims, and an aluminum router mounting plate. The starter pin and guard for router curved work pieces is also included, in addition to the built in cord wrap for convenient storage and portability.
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Hitachi: M12VC Routers
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Ryobi: R161, R162, R163, RE170 and RE180 PL Routers
Skil: 1810, 1815, 1820 and 1825 Routers
Template Guides: The RA1181 does not accept any template guides.
Vacuum Hoses: Common 2-1/2"
Vacuum Hoses attach directly to the RA1181.
Vacuum Hose Adapter for 35 mm Hoses, such as Bosch 35 Hoses: VAC004.
Read and understand instruction manual prior to operation.
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I don't think aluminum can be stamped, but that's what it seems like they did. The surface is raised up around every hole and around the center insert. Small pieces of wood will ride over this top like going over waves. I had to clamp a piece of wood over it to make it flat enough to use.
And then the fence - what a disappointing joke that is. The two pieces don't line up with each other and wood catches on the edges after passing by the router bit. I just tried cutting a dado which had two jogs in it caused by the wood passing by both edges of the fence. The leading edge catches on the left fence and the trailing edge drops off the right fence, making very visible jogs in the dado cut. Bits with bearings work fine because you're not relying on the fence for anything.
I will spend a bit of time figuring out how to make this thing work better so I don't lose my money, but no one should have to do anything like that. This thing is more suitable to be a toy for little kids - without a real router in it. As it comes you can't do precision work with it. I love the Bosch router, but Bosch shouldn't be putting their name on this table, or make it a real router table.
Go ahead and do what I did. I read the reviews and thought that with so many good reviews it can't be as bad as the bad reviews say it is, but it is every bit as bad as the bad reviews say it is. I wish I had put the two hundred bucks towards a real router table. I was just too impatient to wait and wanted something now, and wanted something cheap. This was one of the first tools I bought and I was surprised by how expensive decent tools are, but now I know it's better to save up a little longer and get decent tools instead of junk like this.
Watch tutorial videos, you'll never see anyone using cheap stuff like this. They've been around long enough to know what is useful and what is junk. Anyone using this router table is a total beginner, or they've spent a bit of time making it work better.
Assembly was a breeze really. I got it mounted and running in 90 minutes. Identifying and sorting all your parts first will help. Having a ratchet with an allen-head socket will speed things along too.
Although I would have preferred a full sized router table with a cabinet, my limited space made it impossible. (If I told you how small my shop was, you probably wouldn't believe it.) Naturally, in the process of buying something I really didn't want to buy, I did lots of research. I buy with value in mind employing a computation of price, quality, quantity, reputation and life cycle. I have NO allegiance to any brands or where any product is made. I had a chance to see and touch some of the competing models of bench top tables including Bosch's other model 1171 and rejected them all for one reason or another. The numbers (including a great sale price from Amazon) landed me on the RA1181 with trepidation after reading many reviews and not being able to get my eyes and hands on one. As a mechanic/technician, I'm fairly picky about machine tolerances so, I was a bit put-off by some of the reviews I've seen complaining about warped tops. I fully expected to go into this with having to do my own machine work to the top in mind. As soon as I opened the package I went over the top with a 12 inch machinist's bar and a feeler gauge. I did it again after assembly. I found no high points and the lows did not exceed 0.004. I don't know about everyone else but, that's damned near perfect and less of a variant than I know I'll experience from the materials (wood) I'm working with. Wood, depending on how dense the species is, will expand and contract over time, humidity and temperature at least as much if not more than 0.004. If you want better than that, I would recommend prying out a few grand for a cast iron shaper. Testing by bridging the over the insert found it dead-on. That's good enough for me. I found the fence to be fine. The hardware is robust enough that they all stay put during operation and should last. I saw some complaints about the fence material. The metal extrusion is also dead on and the faces are what appears to be melamine. Good enough when you consider that they are sacrificial. Replacing them shouldn't cost much and they shouldn't really be replaced with anything other than what they are. I really like the dust extraction feature. Some bigger chips do fall underneath but, the flyable dust seems to be getting sucked up pretty well. I'll put the efficiency, conservatively, around 70%...'your mileage may vary'. The included shims to set up for edge jointing is a nice touch and I've used it twice already. Works great. Speaking of 'nice touch', there is an outlet to support your shop vac or whatever you're using as a dust extraction system, a real time saver. No Miter Fence? The track on the table is not for a Miter Fence, it's for the feather boards. Everything I've studied says that you shouldn't use a miter fence on a router table or any other tool that has a parallel, rip, oriented fence. I square up a piece of scrap and tack a guide on the end so it follows the edge of the table top. Works fine, quick and easy to do and provides a nice back-up to prevent tear out.
Downers: Of all the dimensions I was able to find prior to purchase, there was no mention of the base. There is a dimensional diagram on the box but, still no mention of the base bottom. I incorrectly assumed the dimension would be the same as the top. Be warned that the base, at the mounting holes, is wider than the table top. It didn't fit the workbench I had to make in advance of receiving the tool. I wish the carriage bolts in the feather boards were a little beefier but, that's only a little annoying in initial set up of a project. Yes, the base of the table is plastic but, it's made with enough ribbing support that it's very strong. The unit doesn't rack at all. I just wish the same theme was followed with the switch fascia. It's sort of adequately supported on one side only and feels cheesy as it deflects when operating the switch. But, it does work and we'll see if it lasts. I'll just have to discipline myself to use my fingers rather than my knuckles like I do all the rest of my tools.
Summary: Other than those couple of nit-picks, I'm pleasantly surprised by the convenience and functionality of this tool and would recommended it to the small-shop woodworker without much reservation. I've done a couple of projects with it, got no surprises and it has already paid for itself in saved time and aggravation. The days of having to whack together all sorts of elaborate jigs to compensate for not having a router table are over, thank goodness.
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I have seen a few complaints, but my table came perfectly flat and I always thought my old table's plate sloped a little when I passed wood over it and this table confirmed it! I absolutely perfect cuts now on the first pass.