The Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table provides a premium large work surface for woodworking and routing. Designed to fit a variety of routers and able to mount on any workbench, this router table is a versatile piece of equipment that will serve as an indispensable part of any woodworking shop. And its 2-1/2 in. dust collection port offers better dust collection for a healthier work environment. The large aluminum top makes the table both durable and portable.
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94%of customersrecommend this product47 of 50reviews
Rating Breakdown52 reviews
94%of customersrecommend this product47 of 50reviews
Assembly took between 1-2 hours, but I found the instructions intuitive. All the pieces were included and once put together, I found it to be a quality product. The only down side, which is a small one, is that one of the table legs was scratched. It does not affect the overall usage of the table, but when you buy something new, you don't want it to be scratched.
This table was easy to put together. So far I can't find any faults. It has a very stable and flat table. It adjusts in every way possible. The switch box has two plugs so the shop vac can be plugged into the same switch as the router. That is quite handy. I have an old craftsman router that didn't match the mounting holes referenced in the instructions, however, I found a set of holes that worked. It has several mounting options. Sitting atop the bench the table is 49" high. No issue for me as I am 6' tall, but a short person might find it a bit tall. Great product.
I am quite satisfied with this purchase so far. I think it is a good product for the price. The construction quality is good and it is capable of a lot of adjustment. I do need to find a product to apply to the table face as the material does not slide very easily. I have a Milwaukee router that I attached to the table and I could not find anywhere that would tell me if my model would fit the table before I purchased it. In the end it did fit and the instruction manual does have my router listed in it but that would have been nice to find before I ordered it and sweated until I found out it would fit.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Light Weight
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Review 4 for Benchtop Router Table
A little getting used to but overall good product.
I bought this after a week of reading different reviews. It's a good value for the cost. Not to tricky to put together. I bought this not realizing that Rigid routers were not listed as "compatible" with the Bosch plate. Turns out it is compatible (Rigid 2hp 1/2 inch). The plate did't take me that long to level. "You must do this to cut reliable results." Don't rely on measurement markings on table, they are only good for making sure the guard is true. Instead, I use a square for depth and a test piece for height. The only design flaw I have seen is in the right side of the plastic base. I had to notch out some of the base so the adjustable guide could be easily removed.
So far it has worked for me but has been light duty so far on small pieces so I have not even bolted it down. May not be the safest I know. Not sure how well the inserts will be as they snap in HARD and difficult to change. I expect to break off the plastic fingers on removal. The front panel makes it difficult to remove bits with the wrenches but height adjustment can be done from the top deck. I need to wax or even highly buff the top as the aluminum top has drag. Still not a bad unit as I learn to adjust to it.
Pros: Durable, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
This router table is an excellent product at a fair price. I was mostly interested in this table because of the aluminum top. It will be stored in an unconditioned space and I was worried that the humidity here in Florida would cause other surfaces to deteriorate. The surface is excellent and the fence is very good as well. As a bonus, this table also has a few accessories like the feather boards. If you buy them separately, they're fairly expensive. The only negative is the cheap accessory pocket on the side.
The table took a couple of hours to put together but the instructions are clear. I installed the Bosch 1617 2.25a router in this table. I am new to routers, but this appears to be a good combination. As the instructions state, the table should be secured by the front legs to a workbench or something sturdy, as it will tend to tip over backwords when routing larger pieces (found out by experience).
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 $900 Rockler "Superduper, do it all, digial, I want to be Norm Abram" version.
Delivery was on time and in good condition. Assembly was not difficult but as others have pointed out, only specific routers will fit the faceplate. I purchased a Porter-Cable that has a lift tool as optional. Used a drill press to easily make the necessary holes in the faceplate and it works great. Still need to build a permanent table to mount table but initial experience is a great table for the price.
Easy assembly with all the parts included. Make sure you have a compatible router or you will need an adapter base. I replaced a large router table with a precision fence that was more than I needed at this time. This is good for basic routing needs.
Fairly sturdy. Table is nice and flat. After careful adjustment, the router plate fits nice and flush.
(When moving it around, be careful not to dislodge the cover of the "storage area" on the side of the unit.)
Pros: Sturdy, Good Size & Weight
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Review 11 for Benchtop Router Table
Much better than the other versions available here
Product is good, once you wax the table with some furniture paste.
Resolution of measuring lines could be greater- only marks every 8th of an inch. Makes it hard to get the fence perfectly straight.
Could use one additional throat piece. Currently there are three, which seem to range from small (good for 1/2 or below bits), large- good for bits up to 2", very large (up to 2 1/2, and no throat piece.
When using medium size bits, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
I like the 3 1/2 inch opening, but when using a raised panel bit, a lot of sawdust tends to fall down into the router.
Overall, I'm much happier with this than the 99$ router table that is also offered.
There is only one shortcoming. The attachment of a Bosch router to the many-holed mounting plate was much less than easy in determining which screws and holes to use. One would think that this would be more clearly explained per router model, and MARKED on the aluminum mounting plate. It was the most lengthy part of the assembly, and I am not sure even now that it is right. Even still, It is a great little table, and I am getting the kinks figured out.
Ordering & delivery perfect. Packaging intact. Seems solid. Nice sized table. My Porter Cable 891 fit easily. The inset table has 8 leveling screws - doing all 8 at once is wrestling an octopus. Level with only the 4 corners in then remove the screws noting the corner they are in. Then level with only the 4 middle screws. Put the 4 corners back in and you should be good to go.
This table is built solid. Really glad I made the right choice I debated awhile on this. Glade I spent a little more and got a good quality item. Bosch's service dept. is great. The inserts that go around the router bit had some of the tangs broke off. I called and they sent me new ones asap.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight
A bit of time to assemble the table, but overall the directions were clear enough and it took about an hour. I've yet to finalize the router insert height adjustment as that requires patience and I didn't have it at assembly time. Table is flat enough. I do note a little concave area to the right and left of the insert, but it's on the order of 1/64th or less (that's <.016") so I'm not going to worry about it. The stock will be on the insert when it passes the router bit and that is flat as flat can be for woodwork. So setting the insert height is the key and positioning of the vertical fingerboard to not push down in the concave area is what I'll do. I also bought the Bosch adjustable height router motor holder RA1165 to permanently mount to the insert and I plan to load it with Bosch 1617EV 2.25HP motor. Unfortunately my 1.75HP Porter Cable 690LR has external nubs that prevent it from being used, but 2.25HP is a better idea for a table motor. Fence is nice and rugged and the handy 1/16" face inserts will make edge jointing simple. These stow behind the fence faces when not used - to use remove one. No issues assembling the RA1165 to the insert and there was a bag of hardware from the table kit to use for it (or actual router). One thing I did do in addition to assembly directions was to use some Loctite (removable blue) on the nut/bolt combos that didn't have active lock washers supplied or in effect (some KEPS nuts required them being put on backwards so integral star washer not effective.).
I think the table is very well designed with the exception of the small tool storage compartment. Adjustments need to be made to this part so it does not continue to fall out of the slots. I also wish there was a opening for the cord so it can come out of the side near the cord storage area. Otherwise this is a great addition to my shop! The top is large and durable. The fence and guards are easy to adjust. Nice product. I mounted it to a plywood base framed in 1" x 3" slats that allows it to lock onto my Dewalt table saw stand. It is now totally portable.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
Purchased because I have a ton of cabinet doors to make and my old router table was very entry-level. This table assembled easily and feels sturdy and well contructed. It accepted my PC router without modification. I does take time to line-up all the fences and fingers for setup, but I can't see how you could simplify it further without compromising prescision. I've already run a bunch of stock through it and I am very happy with the results. This unit fills the gap nicely between the $100 tables and the $500+ pro tables. Two minor things of concern, the tool storage compartment on the side is flimsy and doesn't lock in place well, and for the same price a miter guide should have been included. Making it available for show and touch at the local HD wouldn't hurt either. Overall I can definitely recommend this unit for anyone who is trying to step-up their quality/quantity product.