|Item Weight||34.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||27 x 18 x 14.5 inches|
|Item model number||RA1181|
|Finish||Clear-Coated Aluminum Top|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||30 day money back guarantee, 1 yr limited warranty, 1 yr service protection plan|
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Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table
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- Benchtop router table is compatible with most routers
- Includes 2 adjustable featherboards, dust collection port, dual outlet switch and 6-foot power cord
- Aluminum fence with MDF face plates and aluminum router mounting plate
- Includes mounting hardware for a variety of routers
- Work surface measures 27-inches by 18-inches
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Large aluminum work surface
The RA1181 benchtop router table measures 27-Inches wide by 14-1/2-Inches high by 18-Inches deep and weighs 30 pounds. Large precision machined 27-Inch x 18-Inch aluminum work surface. It has a maximum fence opening and a maximum throat opening of 2 5/8-Inches, and accepts router bits up to 3 1/2-Inches in diameter.
Rigid mounting plate
The rigid aluminum router mounting plate provides accurate cuts and is pre-drilled to fit a variety of routers, for added versatility.
With a tall aluminum fence measuring 4-7/8-Inches in height by 25-1/8-Inches in length, the table handles tall stock with ease. The fence also features adjustable MDF face plates for better support and smoother operation.
The two easy-to-use featherboards attach to the fence and table. They are adjustable to fit a variety of work pieces. They also provide additional support and control while feeding stock across the routing table.
Features a dust collection port in the fence that accepts standard 2-1/2-Inch hoses to connect to a dust collection system or shop vacuum.
Dual outlet switch
Includes heavy-duty 15 amp dual outlet switch, overload protection, lockout key, and 6-Inch cord. Lock helps prevent unauthorized use.
Starter pin and guard included. Offers support for routing curved work pieces.
It is backed by Bosch's one-year limited warranty, 30-day money back guarantee, and one-year service protection plan.
|Application||Wood base with clear plastic top||Wood base with clear plastic top||Wood base with clear plastic top||Wood base with clear plastic top|
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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.
However, I bought one at home depot and that was excellent. I read online that Amazon has some bad our old batch which could have this problem. Seems to be true. Also, I had the following note from bosch customer service which I thought is worth mentioning.
"None of the tops are dead flat, however that is by design and if the tolerances are correct the table works fine.
Regarding your inquiry relative to the flatness of the router table top, the top is to be within .040" flatness overall, preferably convex. However, the .040" could be entirely concave and still be within specification. In addition, there are many combinations and possibilities in between the maximum limits, i.e., .030" vertical and .010" under nominal. If the table is evaluated with a straight edge, the measurements must always be from any outside edge to the center. If the table is crowned .040" in the center the measurement is only to be taken to the center. If the measurement is taken across the diagonal or side to side and the table is crowned, the measurement observed must be divided by 2. If the table is concave then any reading would be measured to the center and be the measurement observed."