|Item Weight||33.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||22.8 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; attaches to any workbench
- 2 Adjustable featherboards; dust collection port; dual outlet switch; 6-Feet power cord
- Aluminum fence with MDF face plates; aluminum router mounting plate
- Includes router table, 3 mounting plate insert rings, mounting hardware for most Bosch routers, 2 featherboards, adjustable clear guard, starter pin and guard, outfeed fence shims
- 27-Inch by 18-Inch work surface; 6-Feet long; 1-Year warranty
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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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The Bosch RA1181 benchtop 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 benchtop router table includes mounting hardware, features a tall aluminum fence with adjustable MDF face plates, two outfeed shims, and an aluminum router mounting plate. The starter pin and guard for router curved workpieces is also included, in addition to the built-in cord wrap for convenient storage and portability.
Read and understand instruction manual prior to operation.
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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.
So, on his advice, I bought the 3 1/4 HP Triton, which is beautiful because it has its own lift. I decided to keep the Bosch table and try it because it had already shipped, rather than build my own cheap DIY table. Unfortunately, the Bosch RA1181 router plate is not drilled for the Triton, which was disappointing. I'd read in other reviews people worked around it. So I did too (see pics I posted). It was a minor challenge trouble getting the holes dead on with a drill. I had to file one to elongate and ream a couple, but succeeded in making a very tight solid fit, and It works *perfectly* with the Triton 3 1/4 HP router!
I am cutting rails and styles without any problem whatsoever, and I don't even bother with having to insert the over the table crank to raise or lower the router, since this is a table top router the router is closer to eye level, I just reach under the table and very quickly adjust and micro adjust the height.
It is perfect for the scale of work I'm currently doing. One of these days I may upgrade to a bigger table for bigger projects and enjoy more advanced, specialized and costly convenience features. But this should suit me well (and much less expensively) for most of the projects I foresee myself doing for awhile. I find this a powerful combination and square, solid, convenient and easy enough to use to produce some superb cabinet doors and myriad other things that go beyond the capabilities of the trim router I have. Very pleased. And the Triton router I have mounted in it is pretty quiet.
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