First ever router. Now, if I buy another one, and I probably will, it will (really and truly) be a mid-sized Festool. In the mean time, this is great.
It has adjustable power. The fence does not move. It does not matter if the fence is not at right angles (!), even though I think it is. The bits stay in it. It has enough power for 1/4 bits. Unless the job is too small for this router, it murders a $300 Dremel. The depth stop stops the router going deeper and deeper. The plunge mechanism is way stiff, but I have not cared enough to put WD40 on it, or, say, bearing grease. It is smooth.
If it goes in the wrong place and chops stuff up, it's my own stupid fault for moving it, having the blade bite and jerk the router, or have the blade touch something it should not.
It's square, and it stays set how you set it. How much more can you ask for? There seems to be no run out, either.
just had to cut a bench top.lasted three minutes.plunge would not lock down .bad vibration.something loose inside then just stopped.complete waste of money.forget it. rubbish.
Waste of time and money
I used this tool for less than 5 minutes before sparks came out the top vent followed by wafts of smoke.
Alright, but not great. Fine for a beginner or light user.
It's an easy to use router with enough power to get most jobs done. I have used it off an on for about a year now and have very few complaints. However...
The dust extractor accessory (comes with the router) is a real pain, you need to disassemble the router to fit it (take the collet out, and remove the router from the base), then insert the dust extractor, re-assemble the router and then fit the router bit (which is made near impossible by the extractor). It is possible, but much more difficult than it should be.
If you decide to make a new sole plate for it (to say, mount it upside down in a table, etc) be prepared for headaches! the screws which hold on the sole plate are not symmetrical in any way! Not sure if this was intentional (to stop people messing with the tool) or just very poor design, but either way it makes mounting the router very challenging.
Cheap, decent build quality (no faults with mine as of yet), powerfull
Bad design for dust extractor. Very poor sole plate mount design!
Fragile switch mechanism.
This tool worked fine until after a few hours of actual use the switch mechanism failed. On disassembling the tool, I found that this was because part of the mechanism consisted of strip of plastic with a rectanglar hole in it, through which the on/off button is fitted. Turning the tool on puts a strain on the corners of the hole, and the plastic eventually broke, as is normal with such designs.
Worked well - when it worked.
Poor switch mechanism design leading to early failure.