Anyone experience sloppy plunge with Ridgid 2Hp router?

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Forum topic by MrDan posted 05-30-2011 09:25 PM 2667 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2011 09:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ridgid router plunge

Hey everyone, I’m posting this to see if the slop in my Ridgid 2hp router (from the combo set at HD) is unique to just mine or if it’s a design flaw in the unit altogether.

When I try to plunge the router down, it sticks at the top of the guide bars because it’s got so much play in it, but if I wiggle it a little then it’ll plunge, but it still has a lot of slop on it’s way down. Once it tighten the locking arm after plunging to the desired depth then the slop is gone, but by then it’s too late if I’m doing an inlay where I need the accuracy of that first plunge.

If any of you out there have this model please chime in with your experience so I know whether I need to return this or if it’s just typical for this model and I have to begrudgingly learn to deal with it.

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 08:41 PM

I’ve heard other folk complain about the ridgid plunge base before. I originally bought a refurbished ridgid router but I found the base had a large crack in it and was thus useless when it arrived. I read around and found a lot of folks complaining about the plunge base. I bought a bosch instead and have been happy ever since.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 09:48 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I was more hoping that I got a lemon because I love every other aspect of the router. Other than the slop, it’s a total joy to use: lots of power, soft start, variable speed (with actual speeds on dial -not arbitrary numbers like some companies do) led lights that actually work well and light up the cutting area, excellent polycarb base plates, built in dust collection, precise depth adjustment, and on and on. AND I only paid about $100 brand new. (got it on clearance and used a 20% of HF coupon that they honored!)

I guess it was all too good to be true…

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 10:20 PM

I got the older 2 1/4 hp model of the same set. The plunge sucked on it so I undid the posts (posts covers are screws) took out the springs and cleaned and lubed inside the tubes and the spring. I also adjusted the nut so it doesn’t go all the way up which is where the problem was worst, but still goes high enough to clear bits. Works like a dream now and am very happy with it.

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 10:22 PM

Sorry you’re having trouble with this router. I played with one in the store & I noticed the slop that you describe. I figured it was just due to people (like me) abusing the demo. I ended up buying the Freud plunge, followed by the Triton. And I don’t particularly like routers;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 12:25 AM

Thanks neandernormite for the tip! I think I’ll try that…it sounds promising at least.

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