LBrandt, I just got the table together, and I must say that I will never purchase another Bosch router table, or router table accessory again! In fact, I may never purchase another bosch product again eother. I love their power tools, but after the month or so of run-around with these guys, Bosch, in general have just left a sour taste in my mouth altogether. But, there are pros here and I may as well list them to be fair:
1. The table top is flat. Nice and flat and wonderful feeling, as a Formica laminate should be.
2. The mounting plate is machined aluminum, so getting it level is much easier, and the finished product is actually true. Kudos to them.
3. The switch box has 2 electrical outlets in it, so theoretically, a shop vacuum can be plugged up to turn on with the router turning on. However, being a 15 amp box, and not knowing off hand what the router is rated at, it would have to be a really small vacuum to not blow the box out.
4. When assembled, it is a solid feeling little item.
Unfortunately, that's where it stops. Maybe I'm just too anal. I don't know, but the fence is worse than the one on the RA 1180. It is a much simpler design, which is really not a bad thing, but it actually flexes when pressure is butted against it. Unlike the 1180's elaborate design, this one is a one-piece design. a long, thin piece of aluminum, bent at a 90 degree angle, with a 45 degree reinforcement webbing welded at the inside of the "L". Unfortunately, this is not even close to being square either. With the fence locked down, I can butt up an 8" square to the fence, on its end and at the top of the fence (about 4" of useable fence height) I can almost slip a dime between it and the square. Maybe I can enlist the help of a machine shop to square the fence up some. But I think the fence piece may be too long for anyone to do an accurate job. Maybe I've just lost my mind and don't realize that all fences are supposed to be close to .040" unsquare. But one thing is for sure: I don't even want to approach Bosch about it anymore, as I'm fed up with them and their non-precision line of accessories.
Okay LB, sorry for ranting on you like this. I'm using the 1617 series fixed base in it. There seems to be plenty of room in the cabinet for it, but I worry if my micro adjustment extension knob will have room. It's a much tighter fit than under the 1180. I always can just ditch the extension knob, but it makes it so much easier to turn the adjustment knob on the router. I'm not a big fan of their micro adjuster as I find it to bind and stick, and I need to slap and wiggle the router for it to actually move while turning the knob. That is the only negative about the router. I remember Milwakee's micro adjustment mechanism to be much higher quality, but the bosch combo won me over for its versatility. If I remeber correctly, Porter Cable has a higher quality machanism too. Other than that, I really enjoy using this machine. I enjoy all my Bosch power tools. Too bad I will never buy another one!