|Review by dadefreese||posted 12-23-2011 10:02 PM||8071 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
This is pretty much the review I added to Lowes, which is where I bought this table:
This table gets it right. The router mounting plate has many configurations for a variety of router brands and it features a large enough opening for biggest raised panel bits. The split fence is very nice as well with a t-track located above the split MDF auxiliary fences. The fence has a somewhat flimsy vacuum port and the back of the table also has a separate orifice for a dust collection hose to attach to your mounted router.
One significant complaint that I read about before buying this table was the plate leveling system which used the same four screws to both level and tighten the plate to the table; that arrangement would cause the MDF of the tabletop to eventually wear out. I went to the store to check this out and I saw that Bosch reworked that system. The new system has four screws for leveling the plate first, then four separate screws used to tighten the plate to the table top. When I mounted the plate, I noticed that it had the slightest warp, but not enough of a concern for me.
The only other minor quality quibble I have is that the miter track is ever-so-slightly warped. I suppose one could use an after-market miter slot to eliminate that potential problem.
The feather boards, chip guard and starter pin are nice features. The fence mounted feather board and chip guard are mounted using toilet bolts and O-ring spacers with alignment pins to keep the parts oriented. I don’t particularly like those spacers since they aren’t attached to anything and can get lost easily, but that’s another very minor gripe. It also has a small screw in ‘starter pin’ for freehand routing. There is a plastic bit guard that is used in conjunction with that starter pin.
In all, it’s got a lot of the things one would want from a table and it comes at a good price…when compared to the BenchDog or other more complex set-ups.