Posted November 10, 2013
The router plate itself is great! However, the related items make the installation frustrating and somewhat disappointing. The first problem is that no instructions whatsoever come with the plate! However, if you look hard here on the Rockler website, there are diagrams that will help you locate the proper holes to install to your individual router. My router has holes for two different sizes and patterns and the plate has extra holes to adapt to other routers. I wrestled with it unsuccessfully for almost 40 mins before I got back on the computer to look for some help. The installation diagram makes it easy and should be included with the plate!!!! Second, two of the screw heads interfere with the fit of the phenolic insert. It took a considerable amount of fiddling to get both fully installed. It left me with a somewhat uneasy feeling. When I spend this much money to buy what is supposed to be a quality product, I expect the parts to fit properly and directions to install to be included. Just a little bit of attention to detail would have made this an excellent product. As of right now, I might be good or it might not be. I am just not sure!
Average to Good
Posted November 2, 2013
I purchased this plate for my 3hp Dewalt. I had issues lining up the plate mounting holes with the mounting holes on my router. Once I figured out the proper configuration I ground flat one side of a bolt head so it wasn't inside the throat plate area. I'm not impressed with the plastic throat plate either; it's so light the turbulence created by the router bit makes it rise out of position. Overall the plate is flat, true and served me well however, I'm not sure I'd purchase it again.
It fit my Dewalt perfectly. Its...
Posted July 10, 2011
It fit my Dewalt perfectly. Its a durable piece of aluminum but it could have come with some installation options/plans.
I purchased the Bench Dog router...
Posted March 8, 2011
I purchased the Bench Dog router table saw extention the fit was flawless for my table saw. It was as if made for the my table saw. The Bench Dog Router Table Plates that came with the extension fit my router perfectly. The only issue was I did not order the plate with the above table adjustment hole predrilled. No issue it is easy enough to reach under and adjust. The adjustment of the set screws to match the plate with the surface of the table was straight forward and once done will not require readjustment. I purchased mine 3 years ago and I am an avid woodworker using my tools all the time. I am completely satisfied with the quality of the tools from Bench Dog. I am buying another plate to build another router table.
I found that the flat head...
Posted January 23, 2011
I found that the flat head screws mounting the router stuck up from the surface of the plate. The countersinks are not deep enough, or the screws provided have heads which are too thick. I could have enlarged the countersinks, but it would have taken off the coating. Instead I ground the screws down so that they were flush with the plate. This only took a few minutes and was not a major problem. There were no instructions for the hardware. I was puzzled by how deep the large countersinks were for the 1/4" flatheads. They are sized for a 5/16" flat head at least. The screws provided were 1/4" x 20 which matched the inserts included. They did a very good job on milling the plate. It was very parallel and flat. The finish was flawless and it was well packed for shipping. It was deburred well with no sharp edges. The tapping was good as well. A stop post is included. The length of the thread was greater than the plate thickness causing the screw to project from the back side. This is not a big problem if there is clearance behind the plate but I had to grind the length a little to be flush. The milling on the plate is very high quality.