|Review by Mike Pientka||posted 12-11-2009 09:42 PM||13093 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
When the Shark was initially released, I traveled 70 miles to the nearest Rockler store to scrutinize it. I had to put my Engineer’s cap on to keep remembering there are continual tradeoffs between cost and performance; from all the homework I did I knew what specs were important and where I could give. At first I was apprehensive the polymer frame would flex too much. or the rod & linear bearing construction with a central drive screw would bind. Both of these turned out to be non-issues. I thought only a full-size router would work, but the Colt trim router has proven to be more than adequate. I was offput by the PVC pipe used as a spacer between the rod bearings (all 16 of them) and polymer frame; it looked poor but didn’t affect function. The controller and power supply simply sat in the open; I knew I would find a better home for them. The MDF table was inexpensive, but I viewed it as a consumable I would replace every now and then.
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-- Engineer by day, Woodworker by night, Original Approach LLC, Windsor CO, www.original-approach.com