Ridgid R2401 Trim Router has Non-Universal Base

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Forum topic by RonInOhio posted 06-09-2013 11:30 PM 7992 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2013 11:30 PM

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Guess I should of done a little more due diligence on this trim router. I almost pulled the trigger
on the Makita Package for 239.00 on HD’s website. Maybe I will now.

Anyway, found out the base on this Ridgid router is non-standard and if you want to use a guide
bushing, you have to order the base for the previous model of this router the 2400. Really ?

So thats another 10.00 at least including shipping. I was a little dismayed also that there are little to no
after-market accessories for this router either. No plunge base particularly.

I have spent the better part of 4 days trying to rig my Rotozip up to cut mortises using a homemade template. I really don’t feel inclined to be doing a lot of fabricating on this Ridgid router to enable it to do something that should of been designed into the base.

So, a little disappointed and will probably return this unit and get either the Makita set that comes
with a plunge base, a stationary base and a tilt base. Plus edge guide, dust collection, and has a little more
power. Also considering the Dewalt trim router and plunge base.

Now that I have had my rant, just curious what owners of this router did for this obvious over-sight
by Ridgid engineers.

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 11:36 PM

Ron, it’s extremely easy to make your own in about 20 minutes.
That’s what I did.

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 11:38 PM

Did you use 1/4” acrylic or lexan ? I had some problems cutting the acrylic. How did you cut it without
it melting on you ?

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 01:00 AM

Actually the problem I had was that I had to drill a 2 1/2 inch hole in Plexiglass for my RotoZip.

That won’t be neccessary for this. The smaller holes go pretty easy with spade and regular drill bits.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 01:36 AM

I ran into the same problem. I solved it two ways – one was by using the earlier Ridgid 2400 sub-base and the other was by swapping a PC sub-base onto it. Check and scroll to near the bottom.

The extra base costs you $10. That’s $99 for the Ridgid router + $10 for the base. I think you did okay. I’m pleased with my 2401.


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#5 posted 06-10-2013 01:59 AM


Bill, are you saying that I have to order a PC sub-base as well as the 2400 sub-base ??

Why the PC sub-base ?

One of my local HD’s has the Makita trim router for 89.00. More powerful and has a universal
base as far as I know. I was tempted to go that route. Instead I went ahead and ordered the
2400 sub-base and some guides from Rockler.

Now, what about that PC sub-base ?

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 02:12 AM

The two bases that came with my DeWalt router have openings for 1-3/4 inch bushing sets instead of the PC/B&D standard of 1-3/16. I think many of the router tables use a 1-3/4 opening, too.

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 02:36 AM


The PC base was just another inexpensive way of solving the same problem of getting bushings into the router base. The PC base is also a 1/2” bigger OD if you wanted a little more stability. You can see that in the pictures in the link I mentioned in the other post.

My plan was to use the trim router for cutting inlays. I figured the small router would be easier to handle with the delicate stuff.


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