Dangerous switch - base keeps breaking - slow start and brake gone
Firstly I am a builder not a backyarder so I know my tools.
This is the second Makita Router I have bought.
They were a good router which needed a new fence design which is dated and inaccurate.
I replaced the first one because the base broke at the point where the fence slide is secured to the base plate.
The fence rod then pushes the plastic base and makes the bottom of the base uneven and you can never tighten the fence rods properly.
This causes the fence to slip which ruins whatever you are routing.
So Makita brings out a new model...of this router which has a new base, the RP 1800, made in Japan like the older model 1. First thing I noticed is the brake has gone, why would they do this? 2. Second thing I notice is the on-off switch is different and dangerous.
Superb Tool, reliable and powerful
When it comes to a plunge router, more is more - power that is. You can get away with less than 1HP for regular drills, grinders, planers, etc, but for a router to work well without burning the material or itself, 1800W is a nice power rating.
I love this router; it's big, heavy and very stable, and it cuts very well. It's Makita "professional" grade so the build quality is also very good. All the features - height adjustment, height lock, switch, etc - work well and reliably. The plunge action is very smooth and well balanced with the router ...
Questions & Answers
What size bit does the Makita RP1800 use?
You can use bits with any size shank as the tool comes with adjusting collets. The native size is the larger (1/2" I think) and you can shrink it down to fit the toy-grade bits using the collets.
has it got a spare carbon bush with spring attached and how do you remove and replace the old worn out one ?
I don't think it came with spare brushes (or I would have kept them) - pretty unusual. But there are obvious removable plastic caps on each side for replacing the brushes. I imagine this is just a matter of screwing them off, removing a couple of screws and popping out the old brushes.
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