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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 01-12-2011 09:25 AM 2789 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2011 09:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router closeout hd home depot ridgid rigid

Today I picked up one of the last 2 routers at the local HD for $129. I had to ask and the tool man had to find it in the secret stock from another area ;-)) He told me they are being closed out because too many people do not want to pay for both bases. He also said in the next year they will be curtailing their hours to the most productive; ie, not opening at 6 AM on Sunday. I won’t be going at 6 on Sunday AM anyway :-)) Metro area will probably still be open on Sundays but more rural areas with lower volume will probably start closing in the next year. Our 24/7 Lowes didn’t last long. I always wondered why they even bothered???

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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stefang

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 11:38 AM

What kind of router was it Bob? It sounds like you are seriously gearing up for some woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 08:21 PM

Here is a link: http://compare.ebay.com/like/390278966805?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar&rvr_id=197278560752&crlp=1_263602_309572&UA=WXI7&GUID=001410f41220a06c21c08360ff6691ca&itemid=390278966805&ff4=263602_309572

HD doesn’t have it on their website anymore. That is the only link I found on a quick check. I figured with Ridgid’s lifetime guarantee, I couldn’t go too far wrong. I have had good service with their tools and the only issue was taken care of promptly by their repair station in Tacoma.

Yeah, I’m getting more serious about it. Some types of target shooting are a migraine trigger, so I have had enough of that ;-))

Last year I was going to do some roughing out of carved bowls. The router bit is only available in 1/2 shank, so I have been keeping my eye pealed for a good deal on a suitable router. I picked up a plunge router off of Craig;s List last spring and another small one at a yard sale. The one I originally had is mounted on my router table. Now, I won’t have to be taking it off and on all the time. I’m beginning to feel like A1-Jim with lots of routers ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 08:40 PM

I am thinking about this (already checked it out at the local HD) router but would then need to buy their Ridgid bushing/bearing set for another ~$40 or $129 + $40 = $169 + 8 1/4%tax = $182.95

FYI, I have a 3 1/4hp Triton and the Triton bushing/bearing set already. I was also thinking of adding the Triton 2 1/4hp version for hand held use and can get that delivered via Amazon for $219.

Opinions?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 08:46 PM

What do you need the bushing /bearing set for?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 09:01 PM

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 09:06 PM

You are good!! Even the HD tool man told me it was gone from their website when he checked yesterday. That is how he knew it was a closeout, not just a sale. Maybe he was wrong?? It didn’t show when I searched HD this AM, just a couple Porter Cable routers. ???

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 09:09 PM

I actually mean a template guide set like the one I have for the Triton router.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 09:14 PM

There are a lot of things you do with out it, aren’t there?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 09:28 PM

Most of this is new to me so I am seeking advice on this. My larger Triton router is in the table and I was/am looking at what I can do with a hand-held unit without having to remove it from the table all the time. I know some bits have their own bearings, others don’t, so I don’t know how much of an issue that might be in the future. Trying to minimize purchasing mistakes in the long run as I learn this hobby.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 01-12-2011 11:24 PM

I own two of these. I have model R2930. About a year or so ago HD came out with R29302. They looked very similar but they went from a 2 1/4 HP 12 amp motor to a 2 HP 11 amp. Not quite sure why they made that change because the R2930 had good reviews. When I heard what they did I went looking and managed to find one of the R2930 left out of four in stock. I guess they pushed it to the back of the shelf when they restocked. They were all the same price. I showed the difference to the HD employee, who was totally unaware of the difference. I bought the one they had left. I suspected then that when they “downsized” the unit it would be short-lived. The closeout price is really good, and if you are lucky enough to find a R2930, it is a real deal.

I really like the tool.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#11 posted 01-13-2011 06:03 AM

I have two of those routers and they work fine. I really like the LED lights too. Even my Festool has no lights.

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 01-13-2011 08:16 AM

I have the 11 amp model. When the HD tool man checked for more in the So. King County and Tacoma area, everyone was sold out. He took the sale tag off the self and said he need it to scan and see if he could find the case. I assume he meant for the one on display. He found a couple more on another shelf out of the tool area marked with the old sale price of 159 or 169. There may be one or two left there but that is about it. They are gone!!

H-Mike, If I were you I would find out what I need or want after doing a few projects. I really prefer my smaller routers for hand held work.

Maryanne, the tool man made it pretty clear that what he told me was nation wide. He gave me a catalog of all the tools they sell in store and on line. That is where he looked first to make sure it was a close out and not a special price. Better grab a spare if you only have one ;-)) You wouldn’t want to be way behind Studie, Jim and I ;-))

My first one dates back to before they were pushing router tables. I thought it would be good to mount it solidly upside down and use it that way rather than try to figure out how to hold small pieces to route them with a hand held router. Low and behold, before I figured out how I was gong to do that, they were selling router tables. Sure solved my problem ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 01-15-2011 11:07 PM

Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve been waiting for the Ridgid to go on sale and the local store had one new one left. $130 is a better price than I was hoping for. They wouldn’t take the HF 20% discount, though they did once in the past.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 06:05 AM

jcwalleye I never thought to try a HF cupon with the sale. I sure feel bad about you not getting the additonal cut in price ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 07:34 AM

I got this 2 weeks ago when it was clearanced for 156$ and used a 20% HF coupon against it. I took the receipt back to the Fort Worth/Watauga (TX) Home Depot this week and they matched it down to 111$ including Tax. They did have 3+ in stock at that store.

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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