|Review by Vrtigo1||posted 10-26-2010 04:59 AM||3032 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
- Ridgid 12 Amp 2-1/4 HP Plunge/Fixed Base Combo Router
- Brand: Ridgid | Category: Routers
Picked one of these guys up secondhand on Craigslist and am glad I did. This is my fourth router coming after a Hitachi M12V, PC 7518 and a cheapo Craftsman. Of these, this is my go-to router. It has enough power to do everything I’ve ever asked of it, and when using it I get the feel that it was well designed and built. It’s not too heavy, which helps a lot if you’re going to be using a router for an extended period of time. It has an extra long cord which has a power indicator on the plug so you can easily tell when it’s “live”. The clear base and lights underneath the motor are great for keeping an eye on the bit where it contacts the workpiece. It includes both 1/2” and 1/4” collets (every other router I own only came with one). It also includes a dust collection shroud, but I’ve never used it because I don’t have a hose that matches the size of the outlet on it. The carrying bag is really nice. Much better than a plastic case because you can easily store everything away without having to fight to get all the accessories and the cord to fit. I’ve had some trouble with the motor sticking when removing it from the bases, but it’s not too bad. If not for that, this would be a 5 star review.
I was using the router the other day, and the thought occurred to me that I really enjoy using it so I should write a review. To me, that’s the sign of a good tool. I’d buy it again and would have no reservations about recommending it to a friend.