Ryobi 2 Peak HP 3-Base Router Combo Kit

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Forum topic by Jayp413 posted 04-20-2010 01:05 AM 5021 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2010 01:05 AM

Hello everyone. I am just starting to dive into woodworking and have been looking for an affordable router that I can get some starter experience on before spending the big bucks on a nice one. I have the opportunity to buy a Ryobi 2 Peak HP 3-Base Router Combo Kit for about half of the retail cost, and was wondering if you guys thought it is worth it. I want to make a project that requires mortise’. I was looking at actually mortise drill presses, but with a flat bit and a chisel I think a router would do just fine. The advantage is the routers greater versatility.
Here is the information listed with the item.
“The new Ryobi 3-base router combo kit makes one router just the right tool for any routing task. It has a 2 Peak HP motor and 1/2-inch collet, and comes with fixed, plunge, and D-handle bases. It features motor SoftStart™, which ensures a smooth start every time and electronically-controlled variable speeds, from 15,000 up to 25,000 RPM. The ergonomically-shaped handles provide more control with less fatigue for the user. It has a micro-adjustment ring with zero reset for more accurate depth of cut adjustments on the fixed and D-handle bases.”
router combo
To my novice eyes it seems like an ok router, but was wondering what you guys thought. Any info is greatly appreciated!

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 02:42 AM

I too was looking at mortising chisels but after reading numerous threads on several sites bought a Dewalt 621 plunge router for mortising. I have an old Craftsman fixed base router that has served my needs so I bought a plunge router rather than a combo. I got the Dewalt off of CL for $100 and it was like new. I have only done a few practice mortises but like it so far. I think you are on the right track but others will have to comment on the how they like the Ryobi.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 04:02 AM

Thanks MeanGene. I was origanlly going to start with just a mortise chisel, but the price for one chisel is 80% the cost of a router! Do you use a standard flat bit for the mortise and chisel the edges, or round off your tenons? Thanks for any info!

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 04:50 AM

The Ryobi routers are pretty much the same as the Craftsman routers (they are made in the same factory). I haven’t had experience with the Ryobi, but I have owned a couple of Craftsman. The Craftsman routers worked ok, but I hated the depth adjustment mechanism. I eventually bought a Porter Cable 690 series and then found an ebay bargain for a plunge base to go with it. The quality difference is night and day between the Porter Cable and the Craftsman and you can pick up a 690 at a very reasonable price. While rated at 1 3/4 HP, the Porter Cable 690 is much more powerful that the Craftsman 2 HP and also a Skil 2 1/4 HP router that I had. I eventually sold my Skil and Craftsman because I never used them because I had the PC. That’s my 2 cents worth.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 05:32 AM

Their products are designed to homeowners, hobbyist, people on budgets. I have just bought a miter saw for $60 on black friday. Not only it’s cheap, but accurate. It was my first miter saw. Do not expect it to last a life time.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 02:25 PM

A big discount off a mediocre tool isn’t worth pursuing IMHO. That’s not saying that the Ryobi won’t do the job, but there are a lot of good router choices out there that I think would do better…even if you have to give up a few of the extras the Ryobi offers. Variable speed is ideal for use in a table, but less important for hand use… single speed may save you some money and allow a step up in quality. I’d keep my eyes peeled for a hot deal on a Milwaukee, PC, Hitachi, DW, Makita, Bosch, Freud, Triton, Ridgid, and even the newer line of Craftsman routers (non-TTI/Ryobi versions) are getting good feedback from owners. Find one that feels good in your hands.

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#6 posted 04-20-2010 02:53 PM

Thanks everyone for your opinions!

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