|Review by Tennessee||posted 01-02-2013 06:50 PM||24118 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I saw this on sale at my local Lowes with a table for $84, (also available on Lowes.com), and with my military discount it got in at $76.
You get this nice looking router, 1.75HP peak, (Rightttt), 1/4” collet, good dust collection port, very smooth plunge, lightweight. It pretty much stops there. The motor is the only one out of my seven router collection that when I hit the start button, my lights dim for a second. Not even my 2.5HP Bosch does that, nor my HF. Cheap motor… I’m also not a real fan of the lock/single wrench removal system. Too much wrench torque, too much plastic. It does have another set of flats on the shaft, for a second wrench. (Not included)
The table is the kicker. You just cannot, without massive modifications, put another router in this table. And the cheap plastic fence is not that accurate, and the two knobs in the back that hold it are flimsy at best. Dust collection on the table fence seems to be pretty good. It did, for some reason, come with a great on/off switch with two outlets, one for the router and one for dust collection. The plastic legs just suck.
It does come with a three year warranty, deliverable back to the store with receipt. I plan on putting the box up in my attic with the receipt in it – somehow I think I might need it.
I plan on two uses.
1. As a nice smooth action plunge router for 1/4” bits, on small projects where I don’t need any kind of continuous run. (Picture frames, rounding off bandsaw boxes, etc.) I was in love with the smoothness of the plunge. And it does have a handle switch, which I also like. The variable speed seems useless since it would never hold a big bit anyway. Unfortunately, the switch lock button is just a little too handy on the handle, and you can press it accidently, locking the switch in the on position. Not good. It also comes with a cheapie edge quide which I won’t use, and a screw-on template guide which I have not figured out how to use. You do NOT get a second base, and no other base in my whole collection fits this, not even any universal bases I own. But small bits with a plunge action seems like a nice niche option where I don’t want to be wrangling with a heavy router. The light weight is where this thing shines, as long as the motor lasts.
2. Put it in the dedicated table and use it for a secondary cut where my Bosch table and router can do the first, more massive cut, and let the Blue hawk do the secondary, probably more minor cut if I have a project with multiple pieces to be cut to the same decorative edge, like door edges with two contours. That would save time.
Overall, it’s an $84 router/table combo. I got what I paid for…I will use it accordingly.
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com