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bunkie

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12-22-2011 05:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trim router safety question

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?

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving


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#1 posted 12-22-2011 08:28 PM

I don’t have the Ridgid trim router but I did just also succumb to the “I need a trim router” impulse recently and got the Dewalt 611 kit. And now I’m wondering how I ever lived without it.

Routers really do multiply…

As to your safety point, I haven’t held the Ridgid, but thought the same thing about my Dewalt. These routers are meant to be held with your hand around the base, and it’s true if you hold them from a particular side you have more access to the bit. Just gotta be careful how you’re holding it I guess.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 11:03 PM

I just got back from the BORG and I had a good look at the DeWalt and Bosch Colt routers. Both of them have only one opening. The “back” side is completely covered by by the aluminum base casting.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 11:17 PM

Ooo…didn’t realize the Ridgid was open on both sides. Point taken.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 11:28 PM

I have the Ridid, I love it and never had any issue with it. I would keep it/.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 11:33 PM

In fact, the DeWalt has little bumps cast into the side which appear to be there to make it easier to grip.

I could always cover the opening with duck tape ;-)

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#6 posted 05-05-2012 02:55 AM

I switched to the Rigid Trim Router about 3 months ago for carving 1-2” outset letters to get more precise control. Have not fired up my old router since. I like the clear plastic base and the open front and back really helps with lighting.

I did get my finger inside once and got thwapped by the collet nut. Not dangerous for me because I use 1/4 inch straight and v-groove bits that look like drill bits. The back opening had a clear plastic safety guard which I – of course – had removed. I finally got tired of cedar dust flying everywhere so I used the plastic cover to attach a vacuum hose to my shop-vac. No more dust at all and my bits run cool and clean… and no fingers inside. It is an absolute must have modification. Next mod will be to JB-Weld some drawer pulls on the side like a big router.

Only thing I wish is that I could use 1/8” and 1/16” bits for the really detail work.

-- Richard@HisWordInWood.com

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#7 posted 05-05-2012 03:04 AM

I have the Rigid and like it very much because of the fine adjustment rack and pinion. I kept the rear guard on and I grip it a little higher.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 02:37 AM

A late addition to this thread: This little router is a gem in my opinion. Just leave the back cover on and hold it the way the grip invites you to and there shouldn’t be any problem. I’m still trying to find a dust collection rig that won’t pull it off balance at awkward moments, but that isn’t the router’s fault. Love the clever depth adjustment and the overall balance and solid feel of it. It is great for guitar work and any other small precision jobs. Kudos to the design engineers at Rigid. I bought a 1/8” adapter so I can use my Dremel bits. Will probably give away or throw away the Dremel router base soon!

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