Ultracut RS 800
Tuesday 18 November 2008
Rob Sandall makes cuts from above with a whole new routing system
Sometimes it's all too easy to stick to tradition, to work with what you know. Consequently, you might well find yourself passing by some incredibly clever new ideas, and they don't come much more clever than Ultracut's stunning overhead routing system.
You'll probably have already got the basic jist from the photos: rather than faff about mounting your router upside down on a table, you're simply dropping it into the top of the Ultracut's frame, where gravity keeps it firmly in place. Then, using the highly adaptable frame, you can slide your router across the vertical and horizontal axes, using the included stops to set your boundaries on the frame itself. An adjustable-height table (or support legs for bigger work) means you can bring your viced piece of work up and down to meet the router as necessary, covering your third axis.
There are bolt-on accessories available that can pivot and incline your work for cutting in just about any direction, but as a base unit alone the benefits are immediately obvious: incredibly accurate measuring, a safe and natural - almost freehand - feel to making your cuts, and a confidence that you won't make a mistake: by the end of the demo test we had our stops in place, and didn't even need to look at the piece! The fine work that can be achieved is astonishing, I'm already hugely impressed with the Ultracut.