Editor's Review: Tool Test: 2-1/4-hp Router Combo Kits
review date: July 1, 2009
Guides: The Bosch kit comes packaged with a nice edge guide and a starter set of three proprietary template guides (a Porter-Cable-style adapter is sold separately). These guides click into place without the tedious screwing necessary with traditional systems.
Ergonomics: The distinctive wooden handles on the fixed base are comfortable, but they are large and a bit slippery. Users with small or arthritic hands could have trouble.
Depth adjustment: The depth adjustment on the fixed base is excellent, and the plunge base has a well-engineered microadjustment on the depth rod. Although the plunge base has an auto-lock mechanism, it is easy to hold the lever back while plunging the tool.
Router-table compatible: Bosch is one of three manufacturers whose router can be adjusted from above when mounted in a router table.
They make a good case: The carrying case is reasonably sized—not too big, not too small.
Bottom line: The Bosch is a time-tested, topflight tool.
Editor Test Results:
|Manufacturer's Web Site
|Manufacturer's Phone Number
||2 1/4 HP
|Opening at Base
||6 in. fixed / 6-11/16 in. plunge
||1/4 in., 3/8 in., 1/2 in., 8mm
||double insulated, right or left switch location, tool-free templet guide adapter system
||Self-releasing collet chucks (1/4 in. and 1/2 in.), 16mm shaft wrench, 24mm collet nut wrench, Too-free templet guide adapter, chip shields, T-handle hex height adjustment wrench, carrying case