Following an earlier post asking about slot cutting I have been looking at
From the pictures available it looks as if several makes are identical to
each other and 'badge engineered' as BMC used to do for cars: e.g. some
Ryobi routers look just the same as B&Q Performance Power Pro ones, and
Axminster's own brand appear very similar to Screwfix's Erbauer. The Ryobi
Router + Table offering from several sources looks attractive but not if the
bearings or motor are poor quality.
Are there any makes where you will genuinely get a better build quality for
a little more money in the sub-£100 range ?
Any help TIA
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Certainly not in 1/2". Reasonableness starts at £150-170.
The slide mechanisms and bearings are too poor on the sub £100 class
of machine for them to be useful.
In 1/4" you are getting closer to having something reasonable in the
private labelled products. However, for about £110 you could get a
Makita 3620 or for £140 for a Trend T5, which are much better built
machines and you can get the spare parts when required.
A router is one tool where the poor quality of components and
tolerances of the cheap models renders them useless. It would be
better to invest in a decent router and to compromise elsewhere if
budget is an issue.
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Thanks, I was beginning to suspect that was the case. I just looked at the
Ryobi 1150+Table and was not too impressed. And some other 'own-brand'
products with peeling depth labels and wobbly plunger mechanisms seem even
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