The Erbauer 1/2" router is now reduced to £85, and is a little tempting.
I've got some kitchen worktop fiitting to learn and do over the next few
months and was planning to hire, but at that price is it worth considering?
That machine is tested in this month's Good Woodworking (page 18).
4 / 5 for value
3.5 / 5 for performance
Plunge depth is said to be a little limited. Component quality not
always good, e.g. cheap and nasty adjustment knobs. Some vibration. Plus
points are power and range of adjustments.
Basically it's given the thumbs up, but these mag tests are done over a
very short period of time so how long it will last is anyone's guess.
Far-eastern machine quality can be patchy.
On Tue, 27 Jan 2004 17:27:13 +0000 (UTC), Woodspoiler
I subscribe to that and read the article.
That's really poor.
IIRC, that was mentioned a couple of times and along with the lack of
smoothness is a problem.
I thought 'finger up'
It's not terribly helpful when there is not a comparative test.
I'm not sure that it's an issue of how long it will last. If the
plunge action and adjustment doesn't operate properly, accurately and
smoothly on a router, then it's a chocolate teapot from the outset.
Certainly if there is little or no quality control.
I've got the Axminster AW127R, the same beast moulded in white rather
than blue plastic. Silverline also sell the exact same thing in orange
Plus points :
Depth stop scale & multi step turret are quite nice.
Fine height adjuster.
Switch locks "on" for table use (check though, recent changes
Neg points :
Very sticky plunge
Dust collector channel in base clogs very easily
Fine height adjuster
I'm not convinced of the quality/accuracy of the 1/2" collet.
The plunge is very sticky sometimes. E.G the other day the beast had
been on my router table, i.e. hanging upside-down. I released the plunge
lock & it didn't move at all. Required a fair whack to shift it.
I wouldn't buy another.
On 28 Jan 2004 19:58:31 GMT, email@example.com (OldScrawn) wrote:
This one has come up numerous times in the woodworking mags, both here
and in the U.S.
The general conclusion is not, because this class of machine is not
manufactured to good tolerances and does not use quality components in
the slide mechanisms. People have tried cleaning, application of
wet and dry paper, the lot, to no avail..
Even the quality manufacturers emphasise the need to maintain
cleanliness of the slides, clean off resins and crud and to lightly
lubricate. That works when the basic mechanism is good but one
can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear....
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Lightly lubricating a slide mechanism like this can be troublesome, as
the whole idea of the plunge lock is to prevent the plunge from
Sending email to my published email address isn't
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