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Router Ext Table
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(3/5), May 11, 2013
(Wichita ka US)
I bought this hoping it would be the end to my search for a good reliable router table, but it simply isn't flat enough. I can fit a piece of 100 grit sandpaper underneath my straight edge when checking for flatness. it sags the most right where the router is installed, which throws off my cuts, especially rail and stile cabinet parts. The over all design is good, just wish the table was flat. I still think mlcs is a great place to buy woodworking tools, but the particular one that I received isn't quite up to par. I'm sure there's good ones and not so good ones with everything you buy.
(5/5), Mar 17, 2013
By Jason Langley
(Broken Arrow Ok US)
I bought this and installed it on the left side of my Ridgid 4512 table saw. I bought the package with the aluminum router plate and everything was flat when it arrived.
It is clearly stated in the product description that it is universal so I find some of the complaining about the fit and finish a bit ridiculous. A metal drill bit made all the holes I needed Quickly and easily and I bored out a few holes in order to get the table flush with the existing table saw top. One hour and I had it up and running. Very happy.
Compared to the benchdog cast iron competitor this is a great choice and a much better price for the setup. As long as you aren't afraid of a cordless drill I would encourage you to buy it.
Setup: Ridgid 4512 (left side) with a Dewalt dw610 router
(5/5), Jan 18, 2013
By roy turman
(tyler te US)
ordered cast iron table top but when it arrived it was slightly bowed. contacted customer service and no problem had another on the way. thanks and keep up the good work. by the way the top is an excellent addition to my table saw. rock solid.
Coe. of expansion
(5/5), Jan 6, 2013
By William King
(Morrill NE US)
The aluminum plate fitting into the cast iron table has nothing to do with the quality of the product. Aluminum expands more than iron, so if every thing was a perfect fit at 70 degrees, then it will be a tight fit at maybe 80 degrees and not fit at all at 90 or 100 degrees. But, it would be loose at 60 degrees and really loose if your shop was 40 degrees or colder. Can't be helped with different materials if they expand and contract at different rates.
PS I am not an employ of the company, nor do I own stock.
Great table, but plate a little off
(4/5), May 6, 2011
By Ira Wood
(Georgetown TX US)
The table is fantastic. It attached to my old Craftsman, hand-me-down saw without any problems. I had to drill a new hole in the fence rail, but it was easy.
The aluminum insert plate was a different story. I had to send the first one back, because it was not flat. There is not much point is buying a metal router table set up if it is not going to be flat! I contacted customer service, and they sent me a replacement promptly. The replacement was flat. However, neither of the plates they sent actually fit into the opening in the router table. I had to grind them down a little to get them in. It was relatively close. I could have probably banged them into the opening with a hammer, but that would kind of defeat the purpose. I used a belt sander to grind the plate down a little, and it was no big deal. However, if I had not had the belt sander, which was a relatively recent purchase for me, it could have been a BIG hassel.
These problems with the plate are why I give this only 4 stars. I would highly recommend this to a friend, of course, I would let them borrow my sander ;)
(5/5), Apr 7, 2011
By Keith Stewart
(Vancouver WA US)
I purchased the cast iron router table extension a couple of months ago and have been very happy with it. I mounted it to a left tilt cabinet saw with the motor on the left side of the saw so the router extension had to go on the right side, which it did with no problem. The table is as flat as can be with no light visible with a straight edge across it. The original aluminum router table insert was warped and MLCS sent me a new one within a week of letting them know of the problem. The aluminum router channel has been somewhat tight but a little sanding I think will make it right. I also used a piece of aluminum to make a base for my existing Freud shaper style micro adjustable fence and it went on with no problem. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to add a router table extension to their table saw. I've been happy with all the many MLCS products I've purchased so far.
(5/5), Dec 29, 2010
By Mark M N4CC
(Chico Ca US)
After purchasing (and building) several router tables I dove in and bought the MLCS Cast Iron fence extension for my Rigid Contractor Table saw. The fence fit so perfectly it was like it was made for my saw. I did have to purchase (4) 5/16 x 1 1/4 bolts (just like the instructions said for Rigid saws). I had to tap the aluminum insert in with a rubber mallet for the first install, the fit was so near perfect that there was no difference on all 4 sides. I can not give the fit, finish and value too much praise.
(4/5), May 11, 2010
By F. Geiger
(Alexandria VA US)
I love this item. Very sturdy and solid. My router is so quiet with this top that I had to check to make sure it was operating correctly. Fitted with no problem. I would have given it 5 stars except that it was missing the router hood guard, which I hope to have sent to me. Great price, fast shipping and great product.
Extend your router
(5/5), Sep 17, 2009
By Blake W. Dozier
(Whitakers NC US)
Sometime back I purchased your cast-iron extension table, item #9588, with the aluminum insert. Having used the extension and fence for a while now, I thought I would provide some feedback. My shop is small so having the router mounted on my saw cleared up space on my bench and relieved me of an inferior router table. After adding clamping at the corners and leveling set screws at the centers of the edges of the insert I have found the physical and mental comfort level provided by the extension table to have been worth every penny. The stability of the table and mount has eliminated all of the worry about sagging and vibration. The accompanying fence (with dust collection bracket), in conjuction with the table saw's fence, allow me to do many things, with ease, that were impossible with my old table. Now I can concentrate on having fun with my router and any defects are my fault, not my equipment. A truly great value!
EXTENSION Cast Iron Router Table Top & Fence
(5/5), Oct 15, 2008
By art Slayton
(simpsonville SC US)
I added it to my Craftmans table saw, and it works great. With the help of a friend, it went together with little trouble. The hight is just right, and with limited space in my garage it is a great idea.
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