- Great versatility
- Large surface area
- Well placed dust hole
- Durable industry grade quality
- Offers high level of precision
- Bad customer support
- Needs some adjusting
- Rotation constraints
- Manufacturing precision could be better
Woodworking projects require plenty use of different sets of tools so whether you’re a DIY type or professional craftsmen, having a versatile bench gives you freedom for the more creative projects. When you need to adapt your wood works it stands as a sign that you need an equally suitable toolset that will fulfill your project goals.
If you do not need to worry about compatibility or the need to change your tools and accessories then Bench Dog 40-102 is an option worth checking out. It represents a great value for its large work surface that can match your needs and is compatible with the most specialized power tools on the market.
Keep in mind that as this is a fixed router – you will be somewhat limited to possible position changes and less movement freedom when doing work.
The dust port works fine for us and because of its back position, it will require some adjustments to keep the router table surface clutter free. The miter feels heavy and sturdy and is compatible with most of the gauges.
That is if you don’t want to spend more on the optional one that is bought separately you can use your own. It will be great for more demanding projects and allow you to use up to 2 hp table saws without the rotational penalty of any kind. Vibrations and noise are at moderate levels due to the well-designed underside of the router.
Things we didn’t like
We found a few issues that somewhat limit this otherwise great router table however this can’t take away too many positive points from the otherwise impressive feature list. First of all, you can’t install nor rotate the left-sided table saw models that have a left tilting blade. Thankfully there are no screw holes and this will prevent wrong mounting and damage to the equipment.
We already pointed out misaligned mounting holes although that is an easy fix for almost anyone with tools at hand. In fact, for us, it even further added to the DIY enthusiast vibe that we get from this router table. While lifetime warranty sounds good on paper, you might encounter some issues with the bad overall customer services.