Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table

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Product Features & specs :

Bosch RA1181 Benchtop Router Table

Details
The Bosch RA1181 router table offers the durability and accuracy that professionals and woodworkers expect from Bosch engineering.
Features:
  • Tall aluminum fence with adjustable MDF face plates from 4-7/8 in. x 25-1/8 in. supports taller work pieces
  • Rigid aluminum router mounting plate is pre-drilled to fit a wide variety of routers
  • Two adjustable featherboards attach to fence and table to provide additional guidance and kickback protection
  • Accessory slot accepts featherboards and 3/4 in. optional accessories such as miter gauges
  • Single dust collection port for standard 2-1/2 in. vacuum hoses
  • Large open stand and 27 in. x 18 in. Die-Cast aluminum top provides enhanced jobsite durability
  • Storage pocket for holding various router accessories
  • Cord wrap storage keeps power cords out of the way
  • Please Note: Compatible with fixed base router models only
What’s Included:
  • Benchtop Router Table - RA1181
  • (3) Mounting Plate Insert Rings
  • (2) Adjustable Featherboards
  • Hardware for Mounting Most Bosch Routers
  • Adjustable Clear Guard
  • Starter Pin and Guard
  • (2) 1/16 in. Thick Outfeed Fence Shims
Fence/Throat Opening
Yes
Compatible Models
Bosch - 1617 series/1613/1619/MR Series, Craftsman - 17508/17542/26520/17533/17528/17511/26834/28190/17541/2767/2768/27680, Dewalt - DW616/DW618, Hitachi - M12VC, Makita - RF1100/RF1101, Milwaukee - 5615/5616, Porter-Cable - 690 series/7529 Plunge Router/892 - 895 Series, Ryobi - R161/R162/R163/RE170/RE180 PL, Skil - 1810/1815/1820/1825/1817/1830
Bit Guard
Yes
Construction
Aluminum
Dust Collection Port
Yes
Length
22.75 in.
Width
27 in.
Height
18 in.
Depth
18 in.
Weight
30 lbs.
Warranty Term
1 Year

Reviews :

4.5 / 5.0
90 Reviews
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Would you recommend this product?
Yes (60)
No (2)
Pros
Easy To Use (50)
Powerful (12)
Best Uses
Frequent Use (1)
Small Projects (1)
Jobsite (1)
Good but not long term
First, it works well and is easy enough to assemble. The table works well with my Bosch router. So, if you want a router table that'll do a lot of things, this is a good buy and isn't too expensive for what you get. What you don't get is compatibility with many accessories because the track isn't compliant with t-track specs. That means if you want to work with a lot of accessories that attach via t-tracks you are out of luck
July 15, 2020
Originally posted at
Where is the quality control?
Just bought the RA-11081. There are (8) bolts to join the table top to the legs. These bolts have a round head and a square collar. The issue is there is no square in the table top or on the legs that allows for the square collar to seat. Therefore, these bolts, when tightened, stick up above the table top surface. This prevents the fence from sliding. Without a square hole to hold the square collar, you have a table top with 8 bolt heads sticking up above the table top. This is useless.
March 6, 2020
Originally posted at
Updated Review
Finally got the 1617 EVS router mounted. Delete prior one star rating.
February 20, 2020
Originally posted at
Fit in Ridgid R4512
The router table fit with minimal adaptation into the extension of my Ridgid R4512. The table is about 1/16" narrower than the fence rails so I placed a 5/16" washer on each bolt on the rear rail. Holes needed to be drilled on the long edge to match the extension wing and, if you want it to face to the right correctly, a 1" spacer board between the wing and router table. Otherwise, it fits perfectly reversed if you are only going to use the saw's fence with it.

Lighter weight than the Bench Dog top, level, well machined and well priced for what it is. One downside was that my Kreg router plate (and most others) won't fit as this has it's own size mounting plate.
March 26, 2019
Originally posted at
great router table until it isn't
When I first got the table I had zero complaints. Seemed to be great quality, very detailed instructions, etc.

Almost a year and a half later the aluminum top has oxidized so bad it is unusable without an auxiliary top to prevent pieces catching on all the dimples in the surface.

Not exactly the quality I expect from Bosch.
January 3, 2019
Originally posted at
Sweet stable bench.
I have had and used extensively for 4 years now. As with any new tools it took some practice and adjustment. I've read bad reviews and most appear to be user error. It's a tool not a magic wand! I'm using a porter cable router in mine. 3 screws and a straight edge and its in.
Between the router table,table saw with dado blade and cross cut saw your in business.
Remember that tools that cut and shape are only as good as their blades.
August 11, 2018
Originally posted at
Would you recommend this product?
Yes
Pros
Easy To Use
Best Uses
Frequent Use
Small Projects
Jobsite
Great table
I really like the table.
July 9, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Describe Yourself:
Avid Do-it-Yourselfer
great fit
Two months research to replace adequate system. Assembly easy per instructions.
Matched up with new, Bosch 1617EVS, dedicated router. Had other routers, but would have cost as much to adapt as this was new. No adapter nor raiser needed. Smooth adjustment and operation. Purchase offset wrenches. Not necessary, but
easier. Table is nice and large for bench top type. Great easy adjust and slide tall fence. Table is solid and flat. Mounting plate is solid but took some time leveling. (Tip)- Level closest three screws, then middle two then back two. Fine tune after. Well designed guards and feather boards. Makes me wish I used them. Dust collection good. Attached a panel to the back of table. Any uncollected dust (minimal) is contained under the table. Five second clean up with vac. Base, although plastic, is sturdy. Bolts down easily.
With proper motor-great system.
March 13, 2018
Great Little Table
I'm a hobbyist and this table does the trick for me. Nice and sturdy and works as you'd want it to.
August 18, 2017
Originally posted at
Best Table I Have Ever Owned
I do basic craft and hobby woodwork, plaques, picture frames, fly tying tables, along with some small furniture. I have found the RA1181 to be the most stable easy to use table based on my past 20 years experience. The aluminum table is smooth and flat, the fence adjusts easy and allows for easy depth to the bit adjustments.
August 17, 2017
Originally posted at

Q & A :

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Is this table compatible with the Bosch MRC23EVS, MRF23EVS, or MRC23EVS routers?
Tippy on Nov 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Compatible routers for RA1181
and RA1171
:
?
Bosch: 1617 series (fixed base only), 1613, 1619, MR Series
will this work with my Ryobi R163 router?
Charlie on May 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: If you go to the Bosch Tools factory website, you can download the user
manual for this router table, and on page 14 is a schematic of the
baseplate. The next page shows known compatible routers‹and there are Ryobi
R161 and R162 routers listed. Perhaps you can go to the Ryobi factory
website, and see if the baseplate of the R163 matches the R161 or R162, and
that should answer your question.
Will this work with a Skill 1830 Rt Router?
Jerry on Oct 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, this is compatible with the following brands: Craftsman, DeWALT, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter Cable or Ryobi.
Will my Frued router fit?
A shopper on Jul 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I could not get C P O to sell me this Router Table. They would not take my credit card. I have a PO Box for a mailing address. So they could not take my credit card for payment to send to my Street address. So I had to go elsewhere.
Will this router table work with a Porter Cable 690LR router? Will it accommodate a 3 1/2 inch router bit?
Donald on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do believe it will work with that router but don't know enough about it
to answer regarding the bit.
Is there any kind of table extension to manage longer stock. And if so, does it attach to the table ?
RP on Aug 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Bosch does not make an extension table for the ra1181 at this time.
will my Chicago electric plunge rotor model 67119 fit on this bosh router table
ra1181?
Dino on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, this product is not compatible.
I bought theRA 1181 router bench table with the 1617 router and I cannot match the holes up to mount the router or the holder to the plate on the bench top. These are compatible correct? Can you send me a better diagram because when I follow the instructions nothing matches up....Thanks
roadrunner on Feb 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the 1617 (fixed-base only) router is compatible with the ra1181. If you need help with installation, please call Bosch directly at 877-267-2499.
Will this work with a Craftsman Router model 315.17492
Mike on Feb 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is compatible with Craftsman brand.
R the legs plastic
CJ on Dec 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The base is made of a sturdy plastic.
will this table accept a Skil 1830 router?
Big Rob on Nov 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Skil 1830 router (fixed base) is compatible with the Bosch RA1181.
Will this table accept a 3.25 hp Porter Cable 7518?
Michael on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't believe the Bosch RA1181 router table will accept the Porter Cable 7518.
Will The Rockwell 1002 router work on this table.
Ray on Oct 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, the Bosch RA1181 router table does not work with the Rockwell 1002.
Is thus router table compatible with the dewaltt dw 625?
Rene on Jun 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, you will need to purchase a Bosch PA1186 router adapter plate to use your DeWalt. router.
The Bosh RA1181 Benchtop Router Table is compatible with Makita Router RP2301FC?
giardino on Mar 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, you will need to purchase a Bosch PA1186 router adapter plate to use your Makita router.
The Bosh RA1181 Benchtop Router Table is compatible with Makita Router RP2301FC?
giardino on Mar 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Benchtop Router Table is compatible with various brands of routers sush as Craftsman, DeWALT, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter Cable and Ryobi.
will this work with Milwaukee router?
jim on Dec 6, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The RA1181 is capable of using a variety of fixed base routers while providing precise and accurate results on any work-piece.
Can I use this table with Makita router RT0701C?
Joe on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Makita compatible routers are Makita: RF1100, RF1101
Will this work with a porter cable 7539 router?
Joe the Engineer on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Compatible routers for RA1181

Porter
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Cable: 690 series, 7529 plunge router, 892
-
895 series (fixed base only)
Would this table work with Bosch 1614EVS router?
Tom on Dec 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is compatible.
Will this work with my
DEWALT 2-1/4 HP EVS Fixed Base & Plunge Router Combo Kit DW618PK
if I do not use the plunge adapter
NC Man on Oct 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes,this will work with the DW618 router (fixed base only).
Can the mounting plate be self-drilled to accept a DeWalt DW611 ?
Marvin on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can
Will a Colt router fit this?
Keeth on Jul 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Compatible routers for RA1181
and RA1171
:
?
Bosch: 1617 series (fixed base only), 1613, 1619, MR Series only.The colt router will not work with the RA1181 table.
Will this table work with a DeWalt DW611 router.
Bobby on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This Bosch Benchtop Router Table only accepts Dewalt routers DW616, DW618.
will a freud ft1700vce fit
Darcy on Mar 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, it will not. Here are the compatible brands of routers that will fit: Craftsman, DeWALT, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Ryobi
Just purchased a Bosch RA1181 Table. I have a Frude 2000Ev, a Sears model 320.27669 and a Porter Cable model 6902. Will this work with my Frude 2000EV or my Sears 320.27669 ?
Richard on Jan 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Please contact the Mfg directly @ 1-877-267-2499
Will The Rockwell 1002 router work on this table.
Ray on Oct 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, the Bosch RA1181 router table does not work with the Rockwell 1002.
will this work with a router bit up to 3.5 inches? if not whats the biggest size bit thats allowable?
consumer on May 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this table can be used with bits up to 3-1/2" . The table is not to be used with bits over 3-1/2" in diameter.
Is the Black & Decker router model kw1600eka compatible with this table?
halfudelat on May 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: To use the Black & Decker router with this table, you would need to purchase the Bosch Router Adapter Plate. The model number is RA1186.
Your two router tables are so similar that it is difficult to choose. I see the slight specification differences but there must be some intention behind making two similar products. Do they accept different routers? Are there subtle feature differences? Is one a higher quality tool than the other?
Tim on Jan 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Here are links to both of the manuals. You can see the difference and similarities in the tables:
RA1181:
http://demandware.edgesuite.net/aaea_prd/on/demandware.static/Sites-Bosch-Site/Sites-cpo-master-catalog/default/v1392806572776/product_media/bsh/bshnra1181/documents/bshnra1181_manual%20and%20Parts%20List.pdf

RA1171:
http://mdm.boschwebservices.com/files/r19002v2.pdf

Warranty:

Bosch Standard Warranty
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation ("Seller") warrants to the original purchaser only, that all BOSCH portable and benchtop power tools will be free from defects in material or workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. SELLER'S SOLE OBLIGATION AND YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY under this Limited Warranty and, to the extent permitted by law, any warranty or condition implied by law, shall be the repair or replacement of parts, without charge, which are defective in material or workmanship and which have not been misused, carelessly handled, or misrepaired by persons other than Seller or Authorized Service Station. To make a claim under this Limited Warranty, you must return the complete portable or benchtop power tool product, transportation prepaid, to any BOSCH Factory Service Center or Authorized Service Station. For Authorized BOSCH Power Tool Service Stations, please refer to your phone directory.

All Factory Reconditioned Tools are covered under the same terms and conditions as the new tool warranty, for one (1) year from date of purchase except as noted below:

  • Cordless Tool batteries are covered for one (1) year from date of purchase
  • ProVantage Protection Plan is not applicable to reconditioned tools
  • One Year Service Protection Plan is not applicable to reconditioned tools
  • 30-Day Money Back Refund or Replacement is not applicable to reconditioned tools
  • Dremel reconditioned tools are covered for 2 years from date of purchase
  • Tripods and Rods are covered for 90 Days from date of purchase
  • Reconditioned Tools/Kits may not contain the identical accessories, cases and kit contents of the New Tool version.

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO ACCESSORY ITEMS SUCH AS CIRCULAR SAW BLADES, DRILL BITS, ROUTER BITS, JIGSAW BLADES, SANDING BELTS, GRINDING WHEELS AND OTHER RELATED ITEMS.

ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. SOME STATES IN THE U.S., SOME CANADIAN PROVINCES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

IN NO EVENT SHALL SELLER BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LIABILITY FOR LOSS OF PROFITS) ARISING FROM THE SALE OR USE OF THIS PRODUCT. SOME STATES IN THE U.S. AND SOME CANADIAN PROVINCES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE IN THE U.S., PROVINCE TO PROVINCE IN CANADA AND FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY.

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY APPLIES ONLY TO PORTABLE AND BENCHTOP ELECTRIC TOOLS SOLD WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA AND THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO. FOR WARRANTY COVERAGE WITHIN OTHER COUNTRIES, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BOSCH DEALER OR IMPORTER.