|Forum topic by bunkie||posted 12-22-2011 05:51 PM||4071 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-22-2011 05:51 PM
Last week I succumbed to the “you need a trim router” impulse and, using some BORG gift cards, I purchased a Ridgid R2401 along with a set of 1/4” bits.
This past weekend, I had a few minutes free so I thought I would give it a try. It seems to be nicely made and fits the hand nicely. And that’s when I got quite a shock. These things are design to be hand held. Looking at the base, there’s this lovely, confidence-inspiring clear acrylic shield -on one side of the opening. I fitted a 1/8” straight bit, attached the edge guide (nice!), clamped a scrap board into my vice and went at it. It did a nice job. Then, as one is wont to do, I made a slight adjustment to my grip and felt my thumb contact the spinning collet. What? I turned the router off and noticed that there is way too much access to the collet and spinning bit on the other side.
Now I’m not sure if I want to keep this thing. In this case, I had adjusted the bit for a depth of about 1/8” inch so I could test the sort of detail work that I would expect to do with such a small router. As such, there was plenty of clearance in the base opening to the bit and collet.
Does anyone else have this router? I remember reading a tool comparison a few months back and there was no mention of the potential danger. Is it just me? Or has this danger been glossed over? Your thoughts?
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