Erbauer ERB380ROU 2100W Router 230-240V
Good router, but inaccurate
Annoying I bought this when it was Â£149. It's Â£99 while I'm writing this and was Â£99 last year, hence the 3 stars for value.
It's the first router I've used so I'm no expert. It feels heavy and solid and well made.
The soft start is nice and seems to route well. It feels fast and powerful.
If I clamp a guide and run the edge of the round base along this, it works really well.
The 30mm guide bush though doesn't fit snugly into the base - it wobbles so is almost impossible to get it centred. Also, when you plunge, then lock, it only locks on the left side, so it nudges up by about 1mm on the right and so tilts very slightly. So when plunged there's slight play making a straight bit be very slightly off vertical. The bit nudging up by 1mm or so can be fixed by the fine depth adjustment, but it still feels it could be off vertical - I haven't measured carefully though to check this. It's either this nudging or the guide not being centred which causes the cut edge on the right to be 8mm from the template and 9mm from the template on the left...so it's not ultra-accurate.
Also, the screws heads for the 30mm guide bush stood proud of the base. This meant they'd scrape along the work surface. So I had to run a large metal drill around the holes on the bush to enlarge the countersink.
I also wish they'd threaded the metal the guide bush bolts go though, instead you've to fiddle with small nuts...
The case it comes in is very large and has someone has pointed out, it doesn't fit in the case the 30mm bush attached. The instructions are poor - I had a go, but have no idea how to use the guide fence thing - so that's untested.
Changing bits works nice with the push button spindle lock. When removing a bit, you have to loosen it with the spanner, then your fingers until it stops, then use the spanner again, then the bit will come out.
17 Feb 2015
Cheap for a reason
I bought this router as I've found other Erbauer products to be 'reasonable' quality for the price. This router however is an exception. To be honest, I didn't even use it. After removing from the box and checking it starts (which it did with a nice soft start), I was enthusiastic to test it. After setting up in the jig, I set the depth and locked the plunge. However I noticed considerable movement / play in the plungers which meant the cutter was free to move by 2-3mm. After spending 5 minutes trying to rectify, I packed it back into the box and returned pronto. I hate to think of what my worktops would have looked like.... A complete waste of a morning, but thankfully worktops still intact
13 Feb 2015
Bought this to replace defective 30 year old Elu router. Modern design and materials certainly make a difference. Soft start and lightness make it easy to handle and with adequate power safer to use.
13 Feb 2015
SORRY TO SAY
I've had problems. The colet to reduce th bit size to quarter inch stuck so it had to be retightened after it was already tightened and was a real pain to release the quarter inch bits out of. The spanner was far too poor to give the force needed to tighten and release the bits. The motor failed after a few trial cuts on first one I bought. Screwfix replaced it without a question, but now I have the second one, before I have even started to use it, I see a dent on the rubber handle, and a screw head is protruding on the base plate so I have no chance of level or smooth slide along the wood. these were liveable with and probably solvable BUT Much worse, the machine was very loose on the down sliders so I have no chance of an accurate cut, probably a 1 - 2mm variable error caused by the slack in the plunge mechanism. Completely unusable before I took it out to the workshop. I am back again to Screwfix to have it replaced again in the morning what a waste of precious time. May I suggest opening the box and checking the plunger and general condition of the item before getting too far from the shop!
24 Jan 2015