Bosch RA1181 Router Table Review

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Review of Bosch RA1181

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Review Summary

If you are an expert or you are just starting out in woodworks, a router table is the best option you have for measuring, holding and stabilizing your stock wood while you make use of your router to carve or inflict your designs on it. In this article, we are going to be reviewing the Bosch RA1181, a benchtop router.

As we all know, Bosch never goes back on their products, that is why they have brought up a benchtop design of a router table after their previous model the RA1171 a cabinet router table. The company has been making over 100 new tools per year for the past 15 years and it tops one of the popular power tool making company. Their products have been making waves, giving people trust and making tons of people recommend it.

Made for contractors into woodworks, it is best suitable for people who value stability and rigidity as the device, although light still provides the two essential factors in routing. While handling stability, it still provides a very versatile, ergonomic design for more accuracy.

Just like its ancestor, it also comes with an adjustable fence system, dust collection system and an aluminum plate which is strong enough to hold routers without showing any signs of sagging or distortion.

Bosch RA1181 face plates

Bosch RA1181 – a Quick Look

Pros
  • This device is versatile in use
  • It comes with an adjustable aluminum fencing
  • Assembling and mounting is easy
  • It can be used by both professional and DIY contractors
  • It comes with a port for dust collection system
  • It comes with a dual switch outlet to help control flow of power into the router.
  • It is very portable, but still solid and rigid.
Cons
  • Most users complained that the surface is not straight enough
  • Most of the table parts are made of plastic

Specifications

Brand Name: Bosch

Model: RA1181

Color: blue

Height: 14.5”

Length: 22.75”

Width: 27.0″

Weight: 30.0lbs

Depth: 18”

Dust collection: Yes

Power source: corded-electric

Amperage: 15.0

Style: Benchtop Style Router

Material: Aluminium

Bosch RA1181 router plate

Aluminum fence and adjustable featherboards

One of the main uses of a router table is to hold larger woods in place while precise cuts and designs are delivered to the product making the fence one of the most important factors while doing this. The Bosch RA1181 comes with a fence, tall and sturdy enough to help you keep the wood in place while cutting or measuring. This measure up to about 4-7/8-Inches x 25-1/8-Inches and also comes with two adjustable MDF face plates to also offer more support when cutting.

This device also comes with adjustable featherboards. These also help you hold the stock of wood in place against the aluminum fence so your hands don’t have to do the work.

Rigid mounting plates and large aluminum working surface

When using a router table, the rigidity and the flatness of the aluminum plate can affect the accuracy of cuts, that is why the Bosch RA1181 comes with a very sturdy aluminum plate in which you can mount our router without sagging. Also, the sizes can be adjusted to fit any router available. This router table can take more routers and that is what makes people like it, unlike its ancestor. This is possible because a 6 variation option is included in its mounting options, making it able to adapt to any router.

Most people purchase a router table because of the working space, that is why the Bosch provided a very large working space on the RA1181 made up of aluminum and measuring about 27-Inch x 18-Inch with a very smooth surface.

Dust port and a dual outlet switch

This model of router tables features a single dust port unlike its ancestor that had a dual dust port, but this one is powerful enough to prevent excessive dust from ruining your workshop. A hose can be connected to it to help channel the debris to a dust collector.

It also comes with a dual outlet switch with 15 amp just like the previous model, an overload protection system, a lockout key, and a 6-inch cord.

FAQ

Q: Can it host any type of router?

A: Yes, of course, it can. Unlike its predecessor, it hosts more routers as it comes with a more adjustable system to adapt to any router.

Q: Does it come with a manual?

A: Yes, it does. It comes with a manual and if you have problems setting it up, you can contact their customer care.

Q: What is the weight of this device?

A: It weighs approximately 30.0lbs. Lighter than the later version

Q: What is the warranty like?

A: It comes with a thirty-day trial in which your money can be refundable within a month. It also comes with a one-year protection plan

General user impressions

Actually, the impressions about this table are pretty amazing, the public loved it and most people also recommended it. Unlike the ancestor the Bosch RA1181, this product actually had more positive reviews. We did a lot of research for you, and we found out what some of the users have to say about this table.

A user commented on this table saying it has a very nice and heavy aluminum cast, it is light enough to convey and heavy enough to work with. He also commented on the product on not having a lot of vibrations. Another user said he likes the quality and the build of the table, he went on to say that it is a well-represented table from Bosch.

Others didn’t like it also, most complained that the router table is warped, another user complained that the surface is not straight enough, and the plastics were too sharp. He hurt himself more times than he could count (but if you are in a workshop, you would have worn a work glove, lol).

However, the conclusion is that this is a good router table to get. It might not be perfect or meet some of your little needs, but it is definitely something you can’t ignore.

Bosch Benchtop Router Table RA1181
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Bosch Benchtop Router Table RA1181
  • Benchtop router table; attaches to any workbench
  • 2 Adjustable feather boards; dust collection port; dual outlet switch; 6 Feet power cord
  • Aluminum fence with MDF face plates; aluminum router mounting plate

Conclusion

Well, coming to the end of this review, you can tell that the table has done more good than bad. It is very strong and can hold any amount of weight you put on it making it perfect for heavy duty contractors.

It can also adapt to any router making it look like it is recommended for that particular table and that’s enough reason you should think when going for the Bosch RA1181.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!