Erbauer ERB380ROU 2100W Router 230-240V
Bought 2 years ago, initially to fit recycled kitchen worktops and cupboards in my garage when I refitted my kitchen. It did the job admirably well. Used regularly since.
The router is very powerful, cuts on a true vertical plane with no play (as you'd expect it to) and the slow start works a treat. It will cut thru anything (wooden) like a knife thru Lurpak. I like the parallel guide and spigot, which I have used for cutting circular holes and rebates for loudspeaker units. It is very finely adjustable.
It 'only' gets a 3 star overall tho because I don't like these double trigger arrangements. I'd much prefer a straighforward on/off button. Also the instructions which come with it have an additional looseleaf page (not included in the online version) in which it states quite clearly (albeit in chinglish) that the fine depth setter no workie. I can confirm that this is correct. Anyone who says that the fine depth adjuster works is imagining it.
For fine work requiring very precise depth setting you need to set the depth manuallly with a depth guage, which is awkward given the heft and shape of the thing - you can't stand it upside down on a worktop without it falling over. The preset depth stops work fine tho.
In conclusion I'd say this router is a no-brainer for kitchen fitters as it is a robust piece of kit which is easily as powerful as the dewalts, makitas etc but without the price premium. Comes in a nice, strong, well designed blow case too. But for fine work I'd choose a router with fine depth adjustment that works and an on/off switch.
13 Dec 2014
I bought the 2100w model before this one. The performance was good until about 12 months of ownership. I only used it to fit two kitchen worktops before the internal plastic fan self destructed. I was just out of warranty & you CANNOT get parts. Pay a little bit more for a quality product with decent aftersales service & spares.
11 Dec 2014
Great value router
Bought this to mitre 2 ends of worktop. Good value even at original price, but with Â£50 off even better. Powerful machine, easily comparable to Dewalt I've used before. Also has soft start so no jumping. Could not give full rating on reliability as only used once
9 Dec 2014
very poor stability
bought this after seeing other reviews. but very disappointed.
Motor was smooth however the plunge guides had sufficient play to allow 2mm error at full plunge depth. 30mm collar not central, and if left on router would not then fit in case. Plunge lock not sprung and can come loose with use. my unit also had a faulty parallel guide, unable to lock in position so returned unit.
Guess you get what you pay for.
20 Oct 2014