Bosch RA1181 Router Table Review 2017

This router table is manufactured by Bosch Company, which was established in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch. The Bosch group is a worldwide supplier of services and technology. Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table is designed to provide a large surface area for routing and woodworking. The product power source is manual, has a weight of 34.4 pounds and its dimensions are 27 by 18 by 14.5 inches.

Design and Features

Design

RA1181 router has a versatile design, which enables you to work with different materials, besides ensuring precision as you make cuts. The router table is made of the aluminum material and has a nice finish of clear-coated aluminum top.

Features

Aluminum fence

RA1181 features an aluminum fence which measures 25.125 inches in length by 4.875 inches in height. The aluminum fence enables the table to handle high stock with ease. Besides, for smoother operation and better support, the fence has adjustable MDF face plates.

Mounting plate

The router table features a rigid mounting plate, which offers precise cuts. For additional versatility, the mounting plate is pre-drilled to suit different routers.

Adjustable feather boards

This router table has two feather boards, which are easy to operate, and are attached to the table and the fence. Besides, both feather boards are adjustable to suit different workpieces. Additionally, the feather boards offer additional control and support when you are feeding stock across the table.

Aluminum work surface

RA1181 router table has a sturdy design with measurements of 27 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 14.5 inches high. The large design gives the table a total weight of 30 pounds. Due to its large surface, the router table features a large precision aluminum work surface which measures 18 inches by 27 inches. The work surface features a maximum throat and fence openings with measurements of 2.625inches. Also, the large work surface allows router bits with a maximum diameter of 3.5 inches.

Dust ports

The table has dust collection ports placed in the fence. The port allows standard 2.5 inches hoses to join with dust collection shop vacuum or system.

Outlet Switch

The table also features a heavy duty 15 Amp double outlet switch, a 6-inch cord, lockout key and overload protection to ensure power is regulated. For security purposes, the lockout key hinders unauthorized users from operating the router table.

Starter pins and guard

Router table also features a starter pin and a guard, which provides support for to route curved work pieces.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Comes with an assembling instruction manual which makes assembling easy.
  • The table has a sturdy design.
  • It is easy and safe to use.
  • It operates quietly and only vibrates when in use.
  • Works perfectly and as expected.
  • Collaborates with various routers.

Cons

  • Not all routers can operate on the table, apart from those that fits.
  • Some surfaces might get warped.

According to routertableexpert.com Bosch RA1181 is a good purchase for a woodworker who needs quality work, but is on a tight budget. Besides, if you want a portable router table that works as expected, RA1181 is the best choice.