|Forum topic by Dan Lyke||posted 1900 days ago||4764 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
1900 days ago
For handheld tools, I’m a Festool junkie, but between a Domino, a DeWalt 735 planer and a Leigh dovetail jig, I’ve spent my tool budget for the next few months.
However… my (home made) router table router is currently running with an ancient single speed Craftsman with a 1/4” collet, my Festool router only goes to an 8mm collet, and I’m looking at doing some raised panels. Yes, I know, good bits for that are gonna cost me close to a hundred bucks a pop, but a “Ryobi 2HP router”, the one with the switchable plunge and fixed bases, list price appears to have been $150 in 2004, has popped up on Craigslist for $50, and it seems to have the basic requirements: Variable speed and a 1/2” collet.
First choice would be to spring for a Triton, but for $50 I get something variable speed that should swing the larger bits. I don’t necessarily see power as being a big deal, because getting a good cut with a router involves taking off lots of little cuts at a time.
The Fine Woodworking Review says that it’s noisy, on the other hand I asked my neighbor if he’d heard our power tools, and he said he hadn’t, and I wear hearing protection in the shop.
The potential issues I can see are runout, although I can’t find any mention of this as a problem with this router on the net, and lack of a lift, which I’m getting along pretty well without right now.
Should I jump on this?
-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke