A bit ordinary and not up to big jobs
Workzone router bits are great and I have already used them on an old Ryobi router. I needed a good bench and should have paid more as this one doesn't have the capacity for heavy and long tasks, just hobby routing of short lines. Ok at the cheap price, but I am back to using a good old timber bench and ancient clamps.
Easy Fix for Fence Bolt Problem
In Uk. Cost £35.00. From Aldi so cheap. The fence at rear of table has 2 bolts, I agree with previous comments, both are to short.
I fixed by buying, 6 m/m Threaded rod. Two 6 m/m nuts from Screwfix, very small cost. (I used the 2 washers supplied with the short bolts) Cut
2 pieces 70 m/m long with hacksaw. Filed both ends at 45 degrees to remove swarf & facilitate easy fit.
Take one of the 6 m/m nuts & test to ensure screws on easily. Do same with yellow knobs used to hold fence down. Fit nut & washer to 70 m/m lengths fit through table...& fence holes. Adjust nuts underneath so that, only 10 - 12 m/m is sticking up above plastic fence (much longer & it will prevent clamping) Tighten yellow knobs down, not to hard it's only plastic. Test fence for movement. That's it fence fits securely doesn't move. Checked router table, it was flat. Yellow front fence, the bolts underneath table are obstructed by the Router camps, can't get bolts to line up with yellow front fence holes. With a bit of re-positioning of two of the router clamps I overcame this problem & bolts fitted.
For $42.00 what can one expect, you get what you pay for, in my case I use it around the garage and find it does the job very well. I have even purchased extra cutters. Just follow instructions, take your time and all is good. The guide rail is a bit poor, but its easy to fix that with a few pieces of wood.
can live without it.
bought this some time ago but have only just opened it as I had health problems. 1. No instructions included .2. Bolts too short to hold down vertical Back Plate. 3. Holes for table feather guide 2mm too far apart to fit the feather guide (in a diecast Plate!!!) will have to file them I suppose or use a thinner bolt. I suppose I could return it as not fit for purpose.! If I get it assembled will post about its working.
well got it working and am not really impressed. getting the guide parallel is a real problem and all m...
Strong metal frame, a bit flimsy attachment of router
Good price, same as the Ozito one from bunnings. Not a bad product, but it could do with a better connection piece for the router to the table which is basic and flimsy.
The other annoying thing is the multitude of small bolts to assemble it. Wish they could make a more easier design.
A simple table at a knock down price (£30 at ALDI 2014)
Adjustments can be hit and miss with no proper vernier adjustments (spend 10x more and you get them!!)
Hard to use to make accurate cuts of a chosen size so cut and try and adjust before machining your workpiece
For simple diy tasks it is fine.
OK, for the price
The Aldi Workzone Router Table cost $60.00. It is OK value, but needs modification to really do a decent job.
Firstly, it is pretty simple to put together. The table top is solid and made of metal. All angles are square, so off to a good start. The table top has a mitre gauge slot and a mitre gauge is included. The mitre gauge doesn't fit snuggly enough, so you really need to make one that fits properly. Easy enough to do, you really only need to replace the metal runner that fits into the gauge slot with a timber one. The legs are light weigh...
Questions & Answers
I live in the United Kingdom and I am thinking of buying one of these tables and noticed the switch is on the front of the table. My Makita Router has a dead man's switch. My question is how does the table defeat the switch and allow you to start and stop the router from the switch the table?
Fit router to table no bit fitted! switch on, won't start until green button on table switch is pressed in. Power runs from mains to TABLE SWITCH from there to your router. So yes table switch does control the router. Recommend play around with it first, with no bit in it, get familiar with it.
With switch cover down & router running for emergency stop you just hit the flap, switches off straight away. The screws that hold router to table are poor quality, don't last long., suggest be ready to get replacements.
Fence is inaccurate, I used piece of MDF lined it up with a square on table, checking from both sides. Was far better than plastic fence supplied.
I was puzzled by the switch question, so your not alone on this. Took me a while to get my head round it. When I did it was fine.
Good luck with it.
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