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Kobalt Fixed Corded Router with Table Included
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Powerful 12-amp motor provides the power to accomplish smooth quality cuts. The cast-aluminum base and motor housing reduces the weight of the unit. The router table is included in this combination package.
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I initially tested a 1' peice of wood to see if I like the Router bit I had chosen, and then last night I began making trim with it.
1st. The fence is not tall enough so you have to buy new screws and stack boards if you want the fence to fit a 3" tall bit.
The Router lasted 2 hours before before it began cut cut in and out, hand to be hand spun to get it going (like it had bad brushes) then it began to smoke and died all together.
I was routing soft Whitewood 1x4 boards from Lowes too, so I never even strained it.
Seller refused to accept a return.
Update: I bought a new one directly from Lowe's, and realised there was 1 kissing featherboards with this purchase.
I'm not sure if they're reselling factory returns or what, but it's highly suspicious that the motor died in only 2 hours, and there were parts missing.
The router itself is as powerful as any I have had before and delivers high rpms no problem. Yet, by using plastic legs and aluminum table top Kobalt has built a tool that weighs only 19 pounds, fully assembled!! And it feels even lighter in hand. It can be easily lifted one-handed.
It is light, but definitely not light duty. I get good power out of it and it accepts 1/2" and 1/4" bits, so it's versatile too.
Bonus: it runs relatively quiet too!!
1/4" and 1/2" collets
Easy to assemble. Compact to store
Fence not as precise as desired
The router itself seems to be fairly well done. It does not have variable speed, nor does it have soft start. It has a locking pin near the bit that makes it easier to loosen the chuck than the two-wrench method. It also takes a 1/2" shaft, so that is a plus.
The router lift, on the other hand, is not great. It is a rack and pinion style lift, with the rack on the side of the router. It works, technically, but since the lift is only operating on one side of the router, and the router casing is fairly loose, the router body will tend to bind in the lift, requiring you to reach below and free the router to continue to raise the router. It makes precision lifting difficult. It also loses my confidence that the router will stay put when I set it, though I haven't had any major failures yet.
The round inserts around the router bit are another problem. They are thin plastic material which will bend if you apply too much force. Thats fine, though, since you shouldn't be applying that much force, but it doesn't take a lot. Also, it is about 1/32" lower than the table top, which WILL catch the end of your workpiece as you pass it over the ring. You can make your own, but because they are clip in rather than screwed/bolted down, you'll have to improvise a way to fasten it to the table.
Another annoyance, you will not be able to remove the router if the table is bolted down to a surface, there isn't enough clearance under the router housing. If you want to mount the router table to a workbench, make sure it is easy to remove.
Finally the fence, the face is plastic as well, and flimsy. Mine had a slight bend in the end, which meant I could never make a perfectly straight cut. Luckily, they are easy to remove and replace with shop-made fences. The Aluminum part of the fence wasn't great, either. It was a few degrees obtuse, maybe 93 degrees from the table-top. The fence looks sturdy enough, but mine was out of square.
Things I like about it is that the top seems to be good and flat. It has all the basic features and can work a lot better with some adjustments/modifications. It is light-weight, which is good since I have to lift it when I remove the router. I also appreciate the planing feature to the fence, though I haven't used it much, as well as the t-slot in the fence itself. It comes with feather boards as well, which fit nicely. The power button is very handy and is nice to have. The router has not given me any problems.
Overall: A package deal that gets you everything you might want from a router table, but no one piece is satisfying enough on its own. If I was building/assembling a router table, I would not use any of these components, but because they all come together for a low price, it was convenient enough for me to bite. Though, I'm sure I'll be upgrading in the not-to-distant-future.