My switch broke also. When I posted about it, a bunch of people said theirs
had also. Apparently it is Bosch's weak point.
I stuck mine in a table with it's own switch, and it has been fine ever
since. The replacement is okay, but I use a handheld so rarely that it
hasn't had much of a test.
Ya true.. But I'd be more confident in the dodge versus the world
famous Russian Lada. Remember those cars.
The whole point being. I'd be more confident with a tool that has
some connection to a big manufacturer, than I would with a no name
tool made by a company in the far east, being sold as an immitation
Makita or DeWalt.
Looking at the manufacturers plate, can give you a good idea of where
it came from. Doesn't mean it's a top of the line tool. But it's a
good starting point when your considering the purchase.
On Wed, 24 Nov 2004 01:28:30 GMT, "Leon"
I do not recall the Russian Lada being affiliated with Mercedes or Dodge.
Are you saying that if Hyundai introduced a line of tools you would be
confident in buying that tool? Hyundai is or was at one time one of the
largest manufacturers in the world. And by the same token, you should not
be confident in Delta as some of thieir equipment is manufactured by a no
name facility in the far east. To me the only confidence I have in a large
manufacturing company is its reputation of any one given product that it
manufactures and is known to be a good item and possibily its ability to
supply repair parts. For me, there is only one tool that Skil manufactures
that I would remotely consider purchasing and Skil being owned by Bosch
would have absolutely no influence on that decision.
I guess some would consider it a good starting point if they knew nothing
about that product and or its reputation.
One of the magazines just had an article about tool differences. They showed
the internals of both a Skil and Bosch router. They were very apparant when
you looked at the motor and bearing sizes. As for the Craftsman made by
Bosch, you'd have to take them apart to be sure if they are the same. They
may be, but it is a bit of a crap shoot. For $10, I'll take lkthe Bosch and
be sure. For $40, I'd be tempted to go with the C'man.
The November 2004 issue of Wood reviewed "multi-base router kits" Both the
Craftsman and Bosch were reviewed. The Bosch had the same model number you
referenced but the Craftsman was 26620. Final spec's between the 2 were
identical EXCEPT for: Craftsman had no dust collection provided for either base
even as an accessory and its subbase opening was 1 3/4" versus 2 1/16" for the
Bosch. As a plus the Craftsman had a "through-the table height adjuster" which
the Bosch does not offer. The Bosch had above base dust collection,subbase
centering cone,edge-guide dust collection,edge guide fence,guide bushings and a
height-adjustment extension knob listed as accessories where as the Craftsman
just had guide bushings listed. Prices listed for each: Bosch - 195 smackers
versus 220 for Sears Per the outside inspection the 2 units were virtual
twins except the bottom plate on the Bosch was black and Sears was clear.
Thanks Leon, a Triton may show up under the Christmas tree for me. If one
does arrive I will probably try to mount it in my existing router table. Am
thinking I will get an Rousseau table insert or similar to mount it. What
kind of an insert do you have if any?
I have a Bench Dog set up, the whole 9 yards. I use the Bench Dog plate
that is the brown resin type, about 3/8" thick IIRC. Extremely rigid but
easy to drill. Prior to that I had my older large Bosch hanging from the
clear plastic plate. There are grooves worn in that plate. IIRC the one I
am using now is suppose to be much tougher. For certain it is more rigid.
I got that plate off of a close out table for $9.99 at WoodCraft. It was
predrilled for various specific routers but not the Triton. I am however
pretty good at drilling holes where they need to be. LOL
If you can get past the Ugly factor you should be happy with the Triton. It
seems to have all the features you could want including an edge guide that
appears to be well thought out although I have not used it yet.
I have bought one of those kits a year ago and I'm really happy with it.
The only thing is there is a lot of play in the fixed router base height
adjustment. If you overshoot the height and want to lower the bit there
are some idle turns before the other end of the cam grips in the other
end of the notch in the router.
2 days ago, while I was in the middle of a large job, the router didn't
fire up anymore. I changed the cord, but it wasn't a cable breach. I
couldn't wait for the (in warranty) repair of a week, so I bought
another, albeit refurbished, one. It's always nice to have more than one
router, and 4 bases are also nice. One in the router table, one with an
offset base, one with a woodrat, etc.
Too bad I had to pay considerable more that $191, being in Canada.
Remember, Sears has everything built to sell for a certain price,
not necessarily to meet longevity requirements. After all,
they'll be there when you need another one. The commercial tool
stores won't be open for you on a Sunday afternoon:-)
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