Bosch RA1181 Reviews
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Durable, versatile router table with two featherboards and included starter pin/guard

The Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table is a versatile, heavier-duty table that works with most routers. It includes two featherboards and a starter pin and guard, so you can work with a variety of wood on any project you undertake. If precision and stability are priorities for you, this router table is a great option.

Two featherboards

Instead of just one, this table has two featherboards that easily attach. You can even adjust them so you can work with a lot of different piece sizes. The boards also increase the stability of the table so you are more in control.

Starter pin/guard

Depending on your project, you might need to work with router-curved pieces, like table with lips. The starter pin and guard for these projects is included with the table, so you can work safely and effectively with them.

Compatible with most routers

With many router tables, you have to have the right router tools or the table is useless. WIth the RA1181, most routers are compatible and the table comes with mounting hardware for many different routers. This adds to the Bosch’s versatility and ease-of-use.

Strengths

Collects dust

Trimming and sanding wood can be very messy. The Bosch Benchtop Router Table comes with a 2.5-inch dust collection port. This port keeps all the dust contained while you work, and once you’re finished and ready to clean up, any standard 2.5-inch hose connects the port to a vacuum or other dust collection system.

Sturdy

Since you might be working with heavier materials, it’s important the your router table be strong enough to handle the weight. The table itself weighs 30 pounds, so it’s heavier duty. The fence and mounting plate are made from aluminum and include MDF face plates, so they are sturdy and can endure frequent use.

Versatile

You can do so much with this router table. In addition to the features mentioned, you can add other accessories like miter gauges and even more featherboards using the ¾-inch x ⅜-inch accessory slot.

Weaknesses

Lower-quality construction

The main downside to the Bosch RA1181 is that the construction of the table is kind of lacking. Though the table is solid and sturdy, there are aspects of it that aren’t durable. The table tops are laminated and wear out and scratch pretty easily. The borders are also made of plastic, which doesn’t last long and can poke up above the tabletop, making it awkward to work on. However, crucial parts of the table (like fence and plates) are sturdy, and slightly lower-quality materials elsewhere help keep the price low.

Overall Review

The Bosch RA1181 benchtop router table works with heavier materials than similar table tops, and includes two featherboards and room for accessories. You can work with any kind of wood and most routers, so the table is very versatile and allows for all kinds of different projects. Cleaning up after a project is easy, too, so you can spend most of your time enjoying the table instead of dealing with debris like dust.