|Review by NewPickeringWdWrkr||posted 03-10-2010 05:13 AM||3795 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
As a beginning wood worker on a budget, I have opted for purchasing Ryobi products to fit the bill as the need arises. I’ve been mostly happy with this choice as I find it to be a pretty versatile router. I’ve had it for about a month now.
- it takes 1/2 or 1/4” router bits
- variable speed that’s easy to adjust
- powerful enough. I’ve never had it bog down even when a ‘little’ too agressive
- micro depth adjustment allows for more precise setups.
- easy changing of bits with a spindle lock
- the bushings in the main body that the base slide into are a loose fit. When plunging into a workpiece, it can bind or cause the axis to sway off centre causing as much as 1/16” lateral movement in the bit. This is not a problem when locking the height down with the lever.
- The locking lever is cheap and I have had to reposition it twice now so that the body of the router doesn’t get in the way of good clamping pressure.
- limited accessories available. Ryobi’s site lists some, but getting them within Canada is a pain (special order through home depot cost extra $10 on top of the list price).
All in all, I’m pretty happy with it with the exception of the plunging issue. Good for the price, but it’s that whole “you get what you pay for”
-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com