Interesting how you can spend a hundred hours leafing through magazine and online articles and reviews, agonizing over a decision and then when you finally made up your mind and feel fully prepared, you find yourself almost back to square one when you stand in the tool aisle :)
I decided on a router combo set, the Ridgid R2930 with a 2 1/4 HP 12 amp motor with 1/2 and 1/4 collet assemblies. I read a review in Wood Magazine stacking up the competition and out of 12 routers, it was one of four that could go the distance through the testing with high ranking scores. All bright and happy in the Craig house, he knows what he wants and where to get it.
The R2930 model is now the R29302 model and instead of 2 1/4 HP and 12 amps it has 11 amps and 2 HP. The collets that were full assembly collets has been replaced with 1 collet assembly and one insert, and what was once an optional 2 wrench or spindle lock and one wrench combination is now just a spindle lock and one wrench setup. Decisions, Decisions, Decisions and I was left with a little shell shock in the belly of the Orange Monster.
I still went with the model and have been reading the manual. It still had the features I was most interested in and I like the feel of Ridgid tools (geez, I hate it when a tool company has to have a name that immediately makes a roomful of people snicker when you make comments like that) so I went with my initial instinct. It has an electronic feedback on top of the variable speed so it will shoot more juice into the motor when under load. It does have the softstart and a T wrench so you can do over the table height adjustments. It should handle the occasional use of the larger bits with light passes, and the RPMs are clearly marked with numbers instead of the mysterious “F” label that you have to consult a chart to figure out what RPM that is, and the unit is very solid and the handles are comfortable. I will eventually do a review on it after I tort… er, I mean put it to work.
Just wanted you guys to be aware that the unit has had some modifications and it is not the exact unit as described on the Orange Monster’s website.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.