Erbauer ERB380ROU 2100W Router 230-240V
Bought this to fit oak worktops to a kitchen I was fitting. Superb router, delighted with it.
18 Jun 2015
cheap price but imprecise
I needed this router in a pinch to cut some beech worktops. It did very well with plenty of power- I used the 1/2 inch erbauer kitchen fitters pack and they made a good combination.
The bad points: in terms of precision this router is quite poor in comparison to others for the following reasons.
The depth stop is made from aluminium and gets little dents from the stop screw, which then causes it to move when locking.
The guide rail adjuster came cross threaded straight out of the box, will be returning that.
The plunge lock is located on the rear of the router so when lifting the router after a cut to spin down, if you are not careful it's easy to move the router when unlocking. A fix for this is not locking the plunge too tight, but then it tends to rise slowly throughout the cut. Turning the router off before lifting can result in burns so this isn't an option.
These problems aside I have still managed to produce perfect joints but it could have been easier.
Overall, a good cheap powerful router. Just don't use it for precision parts.
15 Jun 2015
Spindle lock broke almost immediately. Visible movement when you lock router in position on leg that is not locked compromising squareness of cuts. Cheesy depth stop.Looks the part but is cheap and cheerful although price was good.Returned for refund screwfix always good as usual.
3 Jun 2015
Looks the part
Bought one of these for worktop and other cabinet making. Had to take it back on day one and get a replacement.
A nicely presented router with a decent case and extras - plunge seemed smooth.
Using it was a different story:
Depth guage didn't locate properly, making it very difficult to stage the cutting.
Locking screws vibrated loose in use, causing further hassle, even when done tightly.
Supplied screws for securing guide and vacuum attachment were so poorly made, they protruded beyond the base plate and scratched the jig surface or workpiece..
Second machine had slightly better guage, but still not right.
Screws still too proud, so had to go back to get some 'real' screws from Screwfix to replace.
On first use, the vacuum attachment broke - made from a very brittle plastic, rather than resilient ones on branded units.
Plunge was very poor on second unit, making it difficult to use.
Vibration still a problem, causing the cut (new cutters) to be ok but not good.
1 Jun 2015