|Review by Dadoo||posted 02-29-2008 05:47 PM||34463 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I bought this tool off of Ebay a couple years ago and although the price was very good (less than $60.00) this tool just don’t “cut it” with me. First off, it’s very loud. Loud enough that you need hearing protection. Secondly, it creates a ton of dust and blows it all around, requiring respiratory protection, a shop vac, mop and bucket, as well as a shower when you’re done. So here’s some more pros and cons that I have found.
PROS Plunge router base, circle cutter, flex shaft, trim cutter, 1/8” and 1/4” collets, drywall cutter base, 2 speed (20,000 and 30,000 rpm), blow molded case, seems to be built strong though and it has yellow LED lighting of the cut area. The flex shaft is a necessity for carving or detailed work and also comes with a LED light.
CONS Chinese made. Selector switch broke which requires the replacement of a circuit card. The motor unit barely fits into the case but the power cord no longer does. Repacking the case requires a photo or drawing to go by. The plunge router base is very stiff and inaccurate. Power cord is hard plastic type…not flexible and will crack if cold. Very noisy and dirty tool. Bits snap off easily, even when you’re proceeding slowly. (They do make a 1/4” cutting bit which is stronger). This tool is heavy and clumsy to operate. You cannot purchase this “kit” anymore as they’ve discontinued most of the accessories. Gee, why? Yellow LED lighting? Kinda dim.
Today I really only use this tool as a carver, or for detailed work. I personally wouldn’t buy it again and give it a 1 star rating.
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