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Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W

A general purpose easy to use router.
Average Customer Rating:
3.143 out of 5
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(7 Reviews) 7
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4 of 7(57%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Review 1 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: M4rtyn
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
For smaller jobs
"Returning this purchase as only 1/4" cutters fit this m/c. Earlier review said a 1/4" & 1/2" will both fit.
This is incorrect and is only supplied with a 1/4" collet a 1/2" collet i have will not fit the spindle. This also means the long 1/4" shank will easily snap with cutters over 1"(25mm) long.
Does feel a quality product but worth extra cash to buy a router with 1/2" collet for the extra versatility.
Review 2 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: WoodyA
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Good value DIY router
"Having had a quote for weekend hire of a router for £35, I took a chance on this for only £6 more. The router is sturdy, relatively simple to use and comes in a plastic case. It made a very easy and neat job of routing a groove around a door for a fire seal. Overall, this router is excellent value for DIY use."
Review 3 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: paulc911
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Great value
"I have now used this for quite alot of routing in American White Oak and found that it performs very well for the cost. The key is to be smooth and slow giving the cutter time to do its work without streeing it too much. If you do this then the performance is reliable and provides a good qulaity finish. I assume it would perfom just as well but faster in softwood. With the B&Q half price offer and a 10% voucher this made it excellent value at £37.
The only negative is that the perspex dust collector adapter makes it a bit difficult to see any guide lines on the timber."
Review 4 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: Ch4mbo
Overall Rating
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Please spend your money on a better quality Router with atleast a 1600w motor....
used this router to cut 2 worktops and "puh puh puuuuuh" blue smoke and now the thing is dead.
was very careful to take only 4/5mm max per pass trying to get the most from what was a quick purchase. having NOT spent the time or effort to read any reviews Never again. Do your research First.
Review 5 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: daby
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
"Good value for money, currently reduced. The earlier review is wrong. It is supplied with 2 collets (1/2 inch and 1/4 inch for different size router bits. You need to unbolt the collet nut and change the whole collet (the bit which grips the router cutter). This takes less than 5 mins and is quicker once you've done it a few times.
Best used by clamping wooden battens on the workpiece to press the machine against. Or a router table."
0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: sstumpy
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Read Spec carefully
"Went to buy one of these and if you read the spec it says quite clearly 12.7mm collet. Got one of the staff to open the box to find it is only 1/4 inch so beware. Bought the 1500W version as my old router packed up. I have just installed worktops and it is very easy to use. You do need good strong arms to have control of the tool as it can take off with you. Do not use it on full speed as this will burn the piece you are working on."
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Review 7 for Mac Allister Router MRO1200 1200W
Reviewer: Pondy
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Good value for money
"On the plus side: -
+ 3 year guarantee
+ Very good and usful LED worklight
+ Light indicator when power is going to Router
+ Excellent value for money
+ Feels a good build quality
and on the other side of the coin: -
- The plunge control is difficult and 'juddery' - this can be overcome by utilizing the routers depth gauge, practice and patience.
- The collet wrench supplied is thin and cheap. This may over time damage the collet nut. I would advise using a more suitable wrench/spanner which will also give better grip.
Overall it is a sufficant, quality tool that would be suited to the DIY enthusiast, intending on using it on multiple home projects."
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.