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Rigid R2400 Trim Router

Rigid R2400 Trim Router

09-30-2016 12:21 AM by Wildwoods | 17 comments »

I am rather peeved about this router and Rigid’s policy regarding standing behind their product. Okay, I didn’t immediately register the router after I bought it. If you register, they offer a lifetime warranty. If you don’t register it is three years. I didn’t register. Out of the box, it never worked right. I thought maybe I missed something and besides I had a Ryobi that has lasted me at least 15 years which I had as a back-up – I thought. I kind of forgot ab...

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Milwaukee 3.5 HP Router

Milwaukee 3.5 HP Router

08-09-2016 01:43 PM by PPK | 14 comments »

I feel compelled to review this router, since It runs a lot better than my old “tried and true” Porter Cable 7518 (the similar 3.5 HP model in the Porter Cable Brand, if you’re not familiar with the model no.) Warning, this is somewhat more of a comparison, but it’s also a review too. I have been running this unit with the 3.5” raised panel cutter. It has shown no signs of heating up excessively, no vibration, and the motor maintains its low speed setting w...

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One of few things Ryobi Got right.

One of few things Ryobi Got right.

03-28-2016 03:33 PM by kenthemadcarpenter | 1 comment »

To give Ryobi more than 2 star rating is pretty good, considering I am not a huge fan of most of their products. So for a plunge router, this is a good router to have whether you are a novice or a pro.It has plenty of power to do any job you need it to do. easy controls for speed changes. the on off switch is with in thumb reach, the plunge mechanism is nice and smooth. quickly locks and unlocks, and easy to do so with both hands on the router,, ergonomically it is very comfortable in the ...

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A Lot of Value for the Money

A Lot of Value for the Money

02-01-2016 04:02 PM by jaysuzi | 8 comments »

This package comes with a lot. First as the product says, it has both a fixed base and a plunge base. It is 2 HP, plenty for most hobbyist, especially if used as a hand held router. I think the build quality is very good. I have not used it for a long time, but I certainly like it much better than the Craftsman router that I bought 12 years ago. The price is also very good. The website says regular price is $214, but I have NEVER see it for that much. The sale price online is $106, whi...

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Bosch Colt router has collet problems.

Bosch Colt router has collet problems.

11-02-2015 10:53 PM by PatrickB | 28 comments »

I thought I would add to this review due to some of the replies I have received. Every time I operated the tool I experienced an issue with either the fence vibrating loose or the bit vibrating loose. Every time I operated the tool means maybe 7 or 8 times total. It appears to me some people think “every time” to mean 150 or 500 times or whatever they want it to mean. When purchased this tool was meant to go on a cnc router build I was going to do so other than looking it over ...

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The Hitachi 3-1/4 router - My Two Cents

The Hitachi 3-1/4 router - My Two Cents

06-20-2015 05:34 AM by MikeSpanky | 10 comments »

I purchased mine about a year ago with one purpose in mind, using it strictly for dovetails on a Leigh jig. When I pulled it from the box I knew I had made a poor choice on this one. Thirteen pounds is no easy tool to handle for any long period of time. I have terrible tendoitis and back trouble, and this thing was a monster. Nevertheless, the money was spent and I was gullible. Besides it had the POWER. This router has a variable speed knob on one handle with easy access. It is a plunge r...

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Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

Harbor Freight Router good for the price.

01-28-2015 12:08 PM by TheLorax | 10 comments »

What’s in the box: You get the 2 HP 11 AMP Fixed base router, a 1/4”,3/8”, and 1/2” collets, two wrenches for changing bits one to hold theshaft and one to loosen the bit, it comes with a 1/2” shank 1/2” straight cut bit and finally it has an edge guide that comes with it. So far I’ve used it to cut some dadoes and some mortises while mountedto a homemade table for it. It appears to have plenty of power I’vecut through maple and plywood with...

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First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

First Impressions, Second Thoughts & the Third Degree: Ridgid Compact Router

12-04-2014 10:55 PM by ajw1978 | 12 comments »

Today, I picked up this very popular—judging from the reviews on this site and others across the web—little offering from Ridgid. It’s was the fourth compact/palm/trim router I’ve tried in the last few weeks, but I think I’ve got a keeper. Earlier this summer, I purchased my first router; a Craftsman combination fixed/plunge base kit with a router table. And so far, so good. They’ve been very adequate for my incredibly-basic skill level, though I found m...

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Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

Porter Cable 690LR "Ouch"

11-23-2014 11:47 PM by captferd | 11 comments »

Been using Porter Cable routers Since mid 80’s. Cant wear them out. Well at least not till now. I was setting the adjustments on my plunge router when the handle suddenly just broke. My thumb got a pretty good slice in the process. Luckily it wasn’t running at the time, that could have been disastrous. My advise to anyone that has one of these routers with the hard plastic handles would be to replace them. I had some rubber ones from another base that fit. I’m not sure if ag...

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Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

Router Mega Review - Dewalt and Porter Cable

10-14-2014 09:01 PM by pintodeluxe | 13 comments »

Whether you are looking for your first router or adding a new model to a growing collection, DeWalt and Porter Cable fit the bill. The current crop of 2-1/4 h.p. combination kits have proven their merit for years. With the precision of a dedicated plunge router and the versatility of a fixed base, it’s no wonder why their popularity continues to grow. The newest crop of 1-1/4 h.p. combo kits are a great concept: squeeze all the functionality of a mid-size combo kit into a pint-sized pa...

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