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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-28-2007, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Default Just Threw Straightedge on Bosch RA1181

....and imagine my surprise.

After waiting a couple of weeks for the backorder, and expecting a nice flat top, I noticed that both sides of the table drop off when I put a straightedge across the width over the area where the collet will be. Now from the front to back it is pretty flat across the width, and the front and back edges are fairly flat, but right over where the mounting plate fits, it is pretty convex.

I have heard that this is done to compensate for sag when the router is installed (guess I will have to assemble it to be sure) or that it doesn't make a difference in use (time will tell), but with all the chatter about table flatness, this really bothers me.

I know there have been a couple of other threads about the 1181 fence....have not even gotten to that point yet, and I also have a call into Bosch's product manager to get some more information.

Any insights would be appreciated.

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Welcome David. Never heard that one before... I would think it would need to be flat from the get go and not count on the weight of a router. Good luck with it.

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Yes David, if it isn't flat it isn't flat. I am saying this not knowing anything about the Bosch RA1181.
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David, very few tables are perfectly flat. Having the center slightly convex will have no noticeable effect on your projects. Concave table tops are where the real trouble comes in. With the center slightly higher than the sides the wood will pass the bit at the same height every time. The real question is how much measureable distance is the table off from flat? For routing applications 1/16" over the length of this particular table top would be too much, 1/32" would be ok. This is something all manufacturers have to deal with, none are 100% perfect. Even the pre-stressed cast iron tables can be warped in shipping. The good news is Bosch has shown us they stand behind their products and will make sure it works for you. If you have problems with this table PM me and I will assist you.

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Whilst I'm not a fan of Bosch, having perused that link I would expect the table to perform any task put to it, whether it's a "best buy" depends on it's price compared to other tables, I'm sure that I could be comfortable with one.

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I have the Bosch 1181. My complaint has been due to the "plastic" insert itself. I see that the 1180 now comes with a metal insert? coincidence? i guess the question i have is can i retrofit to it?
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HI jjy73

You may want to read the links below

http://www.amazon.com/review/product...owViewpoints=1
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-RA1185-R.../dp/B0009H5C9S

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Based on that does it mean that I cant order the aluminum one for my table? I love my routers, but not happy with the plate that came with the table. Anyone else make a replacement insert?
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