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The RA1181 table top router table is nearly identical to the Bosh Tabletop Cabinet version, with the main difference being the open housing underneath the table.
The Bosh RA1181 router table is another exceptional product in a field of less than adequate products. Just looking at the table, you can tell that someone gave some thought to actually creating a portable router table but one that is still strong, flexible and rugged enough to do most serious routing jobs.
The MDF laminated top of the Bosh router table is very sturdy and equipped with a high quality aluminum insert plate that is pre-drilled for a variety of different routers. With only one dust collection ports, this unit does produce a bit more dust than it’s cabinet counterpart.
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Table top router tables very popular owing to their portability and low cost. The Bosh Benchtop Router Table is an exceptional product in a field of less than adequate products. Just looking at the table, you can tell that someone gave some thought to actually creating a portable router table but one that is still strong, flexible and rugged enough to do most serious routing jobs.
The MDF laminated top of the Bosh Benchtop Table is very sturdy and equipped with a high quality aluminum insert plate that is pre-drilled for a variety of different routers. What we really liked about this unit was the two dust collection ports. Dust is always a problem with routers and having more ports to collect that dust is always better.
The tall aluminum fence that also supports a couple of feather boards (also included with this unit) are particularly nice for taller woodworking pieces. Like most router tables this one also includes bit guard, the difference with this one is that it looks like it was designed to be effective and not simply some annoying accessory to be removed.
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While we were testing routers and router tables, we asked if we could test out the Bosch Work mat, with is primarily sold as an accessory for router work.
Never having had the opportunity to test one of these mats before we were game for anything. To be honest, we did not have high hopes that these things were much use, so if it did anything we would be happy. We did have a bit of a concern that, we might damage this work mat if we actually did router work right on top of it, we briefly thought of putting a work board on top the mat, then working on that, but then realized the point was the mat and not another working board.
Our main skepticism was that once this mat gets a bit
dusty, will it still work? And so we went about setting it up. To start off
with, out of the package it actually worked better than we expected. This mat
really grabs the work. You really have to work hard to move wood on this mat.
And so, we decided the best way to test the mat was to get it “real dusty” and
so we decided to sand a bunch of wood on it with an orbital sander. Now I’m not
a great fan of sanding … ever … but I have to admit that using the mat to sand
on sure made life a lot easier.
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Although this unit can easily be classified as a portable tables, which are often skeptical about, we loved this Bosch table saw. The Bosch 4100 comes as a basic “worksite table saw”, that is, you put it on a couple of saw horses or some other sort of bench, or you can purchase an optional two-wheel portable stand.
Lets talk first of all about the saw itself. Although the actual table top is not that large (22” x 29”) it is still a good useable size. One of the features that sets this unit apart from some of it’s competitors is the ripping fence. This unit has a very good, accurate fence system. And if it goes our of alignment, it is easy to re-set it. The quick-lock system of the fence holds if firmly in place and is also and adjustable feature. You can snug the fence down by adjusting the tightness level that suits you best.
Next we looked a blade changes, because as you know, we almost never use the blades that are supplied with tables saw, not even this Bosch. We discovered that after raising the blade to get better access to the 5/8 arbor nut, the locking mechanism was lever that locks the blade so that the wrench can be used to release the arbor nut holding the blade. The wrench for changing blades is conveniently and securely attached to the side of the table saw.