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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 04-25-2013 08:01 PM 1231 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2013 08:01 PM

So I take possesion of my new (to me) home in a couple weeks. My wife hates to existing countertops, and has ordered me to replace them straight-away. The countertops are barely two years old and are in perfect shape, so I’m just going to resurface them with a different laminate. I’ll prolly upgrade to stone in the future, but for now…

Anyway, I’ll need a laminate trimmer for the job. I’ve been meaning to buy one for woodworking anyway, so this gives me a good excuse to pull the trigger. I’m guessing that pretty much anything on the market will work fine for the countertop task, but I also want something that will make me a happy woodworker too. I’m currently looking at two different models (no particular order):

1- Craftsman 28212. Can be had for $60-65 and includes a additional base with handles and a LED light. This looks like the “good nuff for the price” option.

2- Ridgid 2401. Every Ridgid tool I’ve bought has been solid. And this router looks like a solid option. Its typically sold for $100, but includes an extra sub base. LED light is a nice feature. If I had to make my purchase today, I’d likely grab one of these.

Any thoughts about these two products? Any others I should consider?

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 08:07 PM

LOVE my DeWalt

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 08:14 PM

I own the Craftsman. It’s OK, but after using it for a while for woodworking, I really wish I’d spent more and got something better. My biggest gripe is the depth adjustment. It locks down solid, but it’s nearly impossible to make fine adjustments—the mechanism has too much play/slop. On the positive side, the larger base is very nice and allows a lot of control of the actual cuts, especially doing edge work. If all you were doing is trimming laminate, I would recommend it in a heartbeat, but for everything else woodworking, not so much.

If I could do it over again, I’d spring for the DeWalt DWP611PK that has both the fixed and plunge bases.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 08:47 PM

I LOVE my Rigid 2401. It has performed flawlessly on everything I have done with it from light duty stuff to medium duty stuff. Like mortising for hinges, trimming and edging wood, quick routing jobs where it is less hassle to get up and running than one of my larger routers. When I bought mine, DeWalt did not have the dual base package. BUT, even now, I have yet to need a plunge base. I guess that if I used this router for more than what I use it for, it may come in handy.
The dual baseplates are nice but I have not used the square one yet. Bit changes are quick and easy but for me, all of my bits were 1/2” shanks until I bought this router. Now I have a small collection of 1/4” shank bits for this router.
The soft case holds everything you need and it is handy and the router has a nice long cord too.
I don’t think you will be disappointed with the Rigid if you buy it. Rigid just recently updated the router with a different textured grip that may be better. I am fine with the current grip. And the lifetime warranty is not a bad thing either if you happen to need it.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#4 posted 04-25-2013 09:36 PM

I have gone through them all and now have this as the fave. very handy beyond even trimming.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 09:48 PM

I’ve got a Trend T4 that I’m a big fan of. Unlike most compact routers, it does a pretty decent job of dust collection. It’s not in the league with Festool, but it’s not bad as far as hand-held routing goes. Definitely much better than my Dewalt 618 that I just leave under the table.

In a not-too-long-ago issue of Woodworker’s Journal, they did a review of a bunch of compact routers (they didn’t include either of the routers you mentioned though). They liked the Trend but it was edged out by the Bosch PR20EVSPK and the Dewalt DWP611PK because those two have both a plunge and fixed base (the Trend only includes the plunge base). I never thought it was a big loss since the plunge base can lock anyway.

Both the Dewalt and Bosch are about double what you’re looking at with the Ridgid and C’man, but the Trend is usually around $80.

Oh, one other thing; the Trend also includes an 8mm collet. You don’t run into it too often (I use it for my Rockler Dovetail jig) but it’s nice to have.

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 11:42 PM

I used to have the bosch colt, but now I own 3 of the ridgid R2401’s.
Best trimmer I’ve used. I can’t recommend it enough.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 04-26-2013 01:35 AM

+1 for the Ridgid 2401. I bought a reconditioned one (<$70) and it has been great. You can also check the Reviews section of this site for more info.

-- Art

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#8 posted 04-26-2013 01:43 AM

You can get anything from a basic laminate trimmer like the Bosch Colt, or a full combo kit that includes a plunge base. In my way of thinking the best plan is to get a 2-1/4 hp combo kit for most woodworking tasks (like the Dewalt 618), and use a small trimmer like the Bosch Colt or similar for laminate and small trimming jobs.
There are a lot of tasks that my Colt couldn’t do, but it is a decent trimmer.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 04-26-2013 02:42 AM

Not only is the Ridgid a great tool on paper, I’m familiar with several examples that are killing it in a woodworking school setting. Great to use, super durable, and purchased in a home center… Who would have thought?

I, and the school, have also had great luck with DW611’s, but they’re bigger than the Ridgid. The 611 has become my main handheld router, often leaving Bosch 1617, PC690’s and bigger DeWalt’s sitting unused.

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#10 posted 04-26-2013 05:06 AM

Another vote for the Dewalt 611. Strong for its size and mine has been rock solid.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 03:19 PM

The 611 is a great compact router, but it’s a bit bigger than the trimmers like the colt, r2401 or makita that looks similar to the ridgid.

Also, avoid the dewalt 618.
It has the best plunge base on the market, but the 618 motors are unreliable. The magnetic speed control rings easily break.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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