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Router Table Gloat!! - Bosch RA1181

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Blog entry by Mark Whitsitt posted 04-26-2010 04:20 AM 2988 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Going to have to write a review another time, but just wanted to gloat about the deal I made on the Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table at Home Depot

I discovered that this item was being clearanced in my local store for $129 (regularly $179 – $190), plus I had (yet another) Harbor Freight 20% off any single item coupon, which HD honored (your mileage will vary…). So, I picked up a fairly nice starter table for $103 + tax.

Plus, it’ll work great with my Bosch 1617EVSPK !!!

It’s no Rockler or Kreg, but it’s also not a Harbor Freight…

Yahoo!!!

Mark

-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 04:44 AM

Good show Mark. I looked at that table some at Lowes, but I am still goofing around with my own. I have the same router, although I think I will put a Triton in the table eventually. Also, bought the Bosch Colt today, haven’t used it yet, but have some uses planned. I am impressed with the 1617EVSPK. On my old cheapo router table top (I replaced the base) I have above table bit change and height adjustment, couldn’t believe it when I stuck it in there. Use the fixed base, not the plunge in the table. Reverse of all the other routers, I think.

I really like the 1617EVSPK, I think you are going to have a sweet combo…........congrats on the sale price, every little bit counts…....

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Mark Whitsitt

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 05:50 AM

I had been planning to build my own table, but this makes more sense for the time being… gets me up and running faster… I’m just sitting here thinking of all the projects that will go faster now!!!

I know about using the fixed base, and although it’s no “lifter”, being able to fine adjust the height from above the table will be great!

Love my 1617 combo too! it’s a great router kit, and with the guide bushings, it’s been wonderful!

Mark

-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 06:17 AM

My current table is a blend of a purchased table, just using the top, and a new base. I plan to eventually put one in the extension to the table saw, but we will see. Sometimes, events change things.

The 1617 doesn’t make for a fancy table/router combo, but it is pretty darn close.

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 04-26-2010 06:18 AM

For me, I guess it comes down to one word… serviceable

-- -- "there are many good reasons to use old hand tools, but moral superiority is NOT one of them..."

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#5 posted 04-26-2010 06:24 AM

........sounds good to me…......

I like the Bosch because it does what I need it to do, gave me more than I expected out of the box, and I haven’t seen any problems so far in use….......

..........serviceable…........yup

Have a good one, signing off for now…......heading down to Chicago, Peoria, Indiana at the end of the week, just a roadtrip like vacation, visit a few of my kids, grandkids, and meander through the countryside…

We like to do that…..

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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