|Item Weight||6.7 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||16.9 x 13.5 x 3.4 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||RA1054|
|Style||Deluxe Router Edge Guide|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Bosch Deluxe Router Edge Guide With Dust Extraction Hood & Vacuum Hose Adapter RA1054
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- ADJUSTABLE: Features precision fine adjustment control. works with following products: MRF01, VAC006, MRF23EVS, VAC021, 1618EVS, 1617, 1617EVSTB, 1617EVSPK, MRP23EVS, 1619EVS
- VERSATILE: The Bosch RA1054 Router Guide adds to the versatility of Bosch routers as the guides cut along the workpiece or up to 8 inches in from edge. You’ll also have the freedom to do edge-forming using non-piloted bits
- CONVERTABLE: The router guide quickly and easily converts into circle guide for making arcs and circles up to 32 in. in diameter
- ALL IN ONE: Includes router guide, pivot plate, dust extraction hood, vacuum hose adaptor, attachment hardware
- GUARANTEED You can feel secure with your purchase with Bosch’s 1-year limited warranty
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The Bosch RA1054 Deluxe Router Guide greatly expands the versatility of Bosch routers. It makes it possible to do edge-forming using non-piloted bits, and guides cuts along the workpiece edge or up to 8 inches from the edge. Standard equipment includes dust extraction hood and vacuum hose adapter that allows connection to 1-1/4-inch, 1-1/2-inch and 35mm hoses.
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The Bosch RA1054 Deluxe Router Guide greatly expands the versatility of Bosch routers. It makes it possible to do edge-forming using non-piloted bits, and guides cuts along the workpiece edge or up to 8 inches from the edge. Standard equipment includes dust extraction hood and vacuum hose adapter that allows connection to 1-1/4-inch, 1-1/2-inch and 35mm hoses. The RA1054 also includes a pivot plate and can be easily converted into a circle guide for making circles and arcs up to 32 inches in diameter.
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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.
I love this table because it feels solidly built. I am a small woman and I like that it is sturdy enough to stay in place while being easy to move around my shop area for storage. Installing and removing the router is also fairly easy, you won't have to spend half a day extracting your tool to use for something else. I have only just begun to learn what I can do with my router, but I feel like my projects are coming out much nicer having good tools to work with.
Initial assembly wasn't too bad. It's a bit of a puzzle....a few hours and a bottle of wine made that process feel fun.