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Outdated, No Aftermarket Accessories, and No Universal Base
on June 27, 2013
This router has a few issues that need to be pointed out.
1.) If you want to use template bushings, you will need to spend another 10 bucks + shipping and purchase a universal base that was designed for the prior Ridgid model.Or make your own.
Oddly when the engineers designed the sub-bases for this router, they didn't provide a recess for the template bushing in either of the bases that are provided with this router. Why ? ?
2.) Want to use this Ridgid router in a plunge base ? Forget about it. No aftermarket plunge bases are available for this router.
3.) Removing the motor from the base is a clunky, grinding process that cannot be good for the parts and will test your patience . Its not a smooth operation regardless. I have tried loosening (backing off) the quick-release nut . It helps, but it is still a clunky process.
This may have been a great router with the initial release. But a tool's versatility cannot be disregarded. There are many choices available now, that don't saddle you with being a one trick pony. The Ridgid trim router seems to be just that.
I am eyeing the Makita trim router . Its 10 dollars cheaper than the Ridgid. It comes with a universal sub-base and edge guide, it is more powerful, and you can purchase 3 different bases for it. Plunge,angle,and off-set.
Despite all of the issues, I will give the Ridgid and other owners the benefit of the doubt and give the router a rating of 3-stars. I purchased it because of the easy-to-see-through base, the LED that lights your work, and all of the favorable reviews I had read on various forums .
Just somewhat disappointed that it's versatility is so limited.