Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 88
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FreshBeer Just Great
Does exactly what I want it to do. I am very excited to make a lot of really cool stuff with this thing. Set up was fine, but crack a beer. It takes a little time.
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Magician Outstanding
Easy to assemble. Most time will be spent on leveling the table. Table is aluminum and should last way beyond the MDF style tops
. As others have said, switch assembly is a little chintzy. No down grade for this since I have always used a foot switch when using a router table. Much safer.
While access to the lower shaft nut can be made from the back, and the collet nut from the top, offset wrenches will ease the task. The Bosch wrenches are "pot-of-stock". Specialty woodcraft stores do sell these at $20 each. They're top-of-the-line quality and worth the price if you're a pro of heavy user. I'm waiting for the Bosch wrenches to come in.
December 30, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TheedWeed Purchased site unseen
I purchased the RA1181 online, where I could get the best price. I had never seen one of the tables before I unboxed this table. I was disappointed. I have some issues with this product. First the table is so roughly textured wood would not slide across the table easily, the fence that comes with it won't even slide on the surface. I spent over an hour sanding the top with 320 grit sand paper to get it smooth enough for wood to slide on it, but the fence is still binding. The fence catches on the grooves cut in the table top at the back. Does anyone know a reason they are there, other than to cut weight and for appearance? I will probably fill them in with JB Weld then sand it smooth so the fence will slide smoothly across it across the top so I can make fine adjustments without it binding. Another issue I have is that I have to go around the back of the table to remove the motor from it's base to change bits. The placement of the switch makes it impractical to change bits or remove the motor from the front. The feather boards are toys. They are too rigid to be functional, plus the way they fasten to the fence are a joke. It's even worse when attempting to use them on the miter slot. You have 3 options for placement on the miter rail. I do like that the miter rail is of standard size so I can purchase other accessories to use with the table. The way the bit guard is held in place is also a joke, in my opinion. If you remove the guard the little plastic locators fall off and wind up rolling around on the floor. I will add that this is just my 3rd day of use with this table and I'm not at all pleased with my purchase. I will make it work, but I am having to make changes to their design as I go.
November 3, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by phisch OK for the price.
I've had this router table for about a month now, and I would say that it is a decent general purpose router talbel that is adequate for non-critical woodworking. There are a couple of issues with this router table, however. The first is that some of the locking knobs don't tighten down very well, as on the fence and the feather boards. There were a couple of times when routing a board, the fence would move a little bit on me. The feather boards also need constant tightening when running boards through. The other issue I have with this table is that the cast aluminum table top is not perfectly flat. There is a "hump" in the exact middle of the table, which presents a problem in some critical work like cabinet door making. For most other general purpose woodworking, this router table is fine for the price I paid for it. Plus is is very portable.
December 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DustMagnet Good entry level router table
I have been using this router table for several years. I had no problems with the assembly. I've read reviews on problems leveling the router plate, news flash - the router plates on all brands of router tables are time-consuming to level. I mounted the table on a movable tool stand. There are no table extensions available from Bosch, but you can make your own and mount them if desired.
The frame and top are strong and sturdy. I was able to attach a Craftsman 2.25hp router to the table without a problem and it looks like the router mounting holes are adequate for quite a few other makes/models. I find the position of the power switch convenient and allows me to turn off the router without taking my eyes off the table. The dust collection port behind the fence is adequate but dust does blow out the table grooves under the fence (I use a powerful shop-wide dust collection system and it still blows out). The back edge of the table does make it difficult (but not impossible) to attached a hose to a dust collection port on a router. They provide a nice set of insert rings to cover just about any size bit - they are plastic but adequate for general router operations.
As mentioned in some other reviews, the fence can move even when the locking screws are tightened. I get around this problem by installing bolts behind the fence to prevent movement, but that adds to setup time. I occasionally have problems with the featherboards moving (height and/or location).
There is no miter provided nor does Bosch offer one. I bought an after-market precision miter that is adjustable to the miter groove size.
The router plate is not a standard size. This isn't a problem unless you want to upgrade to a router lift. The Bosch router table plate is 9-1/8" x 11-1/2" x 3/8". Most router lift table plates (Incra, Woodpeckers, JessEm, Kreg) are made to fit a 9-1/4" x 11-3/4" opening and no after-market plates fit the Bosch table. Bosch does make an attachment that bolts to the table (RA1165) to allow height adjustment from the top but it is limited by what routers it will accept. Over time, you are going to wish you could adjust router height from the top.
I highly recommend this table for general routing tasks but not for tolerance-critical tasks such as making raised panel doors.
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RANJI GREAT LITTLE TABLE FOR THE MONEY
GREAT BENCH, REASONABLE PRICE, LIGHT WEIGHT AND STURDY.
September 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by doggsale Quality Product
I just bought the table today and have a few comments. Commpared to the Ryobi Tables this one is far superior.
The Feather boards are sterdy and strong.
The plastic base looks cheap but is very stiff. My opinion having a large base to mount to a table beats the four point sheetmetal legs.
Took me 1hr to assemble and I consider myself to be very mechanial, just a lot of hardware. Router plate is very strong and takes a few minutes to level up.
The on off switch is small but in a beter location than the Ryobi. A very clever design.
The Brush steel top is very corse and has alot of mass.
The fense is made of an anodize extruded aluminum that is far superior to the Ryobi.
It comes with a side comparment that stores all the extra hardware and most accesories.
I would recommend this for the woodworker that wants something better than the a cheap "good value, good enough" version and the $900 Rockler "Superduper, do it all, digial, I want to be Norm Abram" version.
March 20, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sredis Router table
Good product, good value.
Need for assembly was not clearly described prior to purchase. It took 1.5 hours to assemble and adjust.
September 15, 2015