I have a brand new Skil router Model 1810. It has a lever to lock the base
to the motor after setting the cut depth. With the Base locked to the
motor, I can "rock" the motor within the base enough to move the bit 1/8
inch. Needless to say, this makes a very sloppy cut! I have e-mailed Skil
but they have not yet replied. Anyone have suggestions.
I have a Dewalt 618 - around $100 reconditioned from Amazon. No
movement whatsoever when it's locked down. I also recently saw a
Dewalt 616 go for about $50 on eBay - same router without variable
I've also heard good things about Porter Cable and Bosch routers.
Hate to say it, but that's your suggestion.
On 15 Dec 2005 21:33:14 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would hesitate to buy power tools (or anything electrical) from
Ebay. I bought a reciprocating saw on there and the entire saw was
literally broken in half. The seller claimed it must have occurred in
shipping. I said the box was intact, the plastic case and the STEEL
HOUSING inside were broken apart. After a big arguement, the guy said
he did notice the screws were loose on the case but he never used the
saw. Yet he had it listed as "in perfect working condition". He
finally agreed to take it back but only refund the sale price, not the
shipping. That meant that it would cost me MORE than I paid for it by
the time I ship it back. Fortunately for me, I bought this saw as a
replacement for the identical saw which I had for years, but I burned
the motor out when cutting down a tree with it. I told the guy I'll
settle for half the cost refunded, if I can keep it, and said I'd send
him a photo of the damage. He finally agreed. I was able to swap the
motors and make a working saw again.
And then there's the computer I bought on Ebay which literally went up
in smoke when I plugged it in. Something in the power supply burnt to
a crisp. Once again, the return shipping would have cost a bundle. I
ended up eating the loss and replaceing the power supply from another
I've come to the conclusion that any electrical stuff sold on Ebay is
someone elses defective junk. You are only buying parts !!!
I will never buy anything electrical from Ebay again.
And on the flip side, I've bought a rotary hammer, a gas cut off saw, a
sawzall, autofeed screwgun, innumerable hand tools, a laser level,
cordless trim saws, palm nailer, Hilti powder actuated tool with
magazine, the list goes on and on. Out of about a thousand
transactions, I've been burnt once, and only once got a negative
I'm not trivializing your experiences, just giving another viewpoint.
You do have to be careful, check feedback and read between the lines
whenever you use eBay. All things considered it's still the best place
to buy and sell stuff that I've found.
And, if people are wondering, yes, eBay pays me HUGE amounts of money
to say this. ;)
Yes, those low prices on Skil, Black & Decker, Craftsman etc, are sooo
tempting, but use them once and you'll discover why you should've just
spent a little more to get something that's actually made to do the
job. Sorry, but all the above posts are correct in addressing your
================As an OLD and experienced woodworker I have to agree .
I currently have seven routers in my shop 2 for hand held use and 5
mounted in tables (regular horizontal, and overhead) BUT most are the
very inexpensive DeWalt 610's .. the hand helds are Bosch & Porter
Cable .... the 610's are about the least expensive light duty router
I would even glance at...all of mine have worked just fine (for what I
use them for) ...
Not Ragging on "Skil"...but I think you now understand cheap tools
I had same problem with fixed base of the Skil 1825 (I think that was
the model number ... 2.25 hp, interchangeable bases). I ended up
selling it (took a little loss, but not much, even after fully
disclosing to the buyer my complaint about the thing) and buying a
Bosch. My wife was not happy.
Thats easy to fix. Sell your wife the same way you sold the router.
Take a little loss on her, fully disclose to any guys she dates all of
your complaints, and get yourself a better brand wife. She'll cost
more, but remember, its' the quality, not the price you pay.
Yep. eBay. Hope you kept the box and papers. There's a reason that
you can buy that Skil for $60.
You need to buy a better unit, and yes it will cost a bit more. It's
an extremely useful tool and will last a long time. Viewed another
way, you'' probably spend more on good bits than you will on the
router. So spring for a good one. Porter Cable invented the router
and they don't make shitty ones. DeWalt is also good, as is Bosch.
Call them. They will NEVER reply to email, at least nothing more than
a canned reply telling you to call them. There's probably an 800
number on their website, Be warned, they will probably tell you to
call your local service center, and who knows where that will go.
Prepare for the runaround of your life. I think they do that just so
the person gets so tired of the hassle they give up and buy a new
If it's still within the store limits for returns, return it and get a
refund. Then take that money and double it, and buy a decent brand.
Skil makes the worst power tools sold. Even those generic tools using
the brand name "Tool Shop" are better than Skil. I'd go with
Milwaukee tools, or DeWalt. If you dont want to spend more money, at
least get a Black & Decker, they used to make good tools, but they're
pretty poor quality these days, but still better than Skil.
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