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R2930 Router Combo Kit

Ridgid - R2930 Router Combo Kit

This router from Ridgid features a built-in router lift and comes with a fixed and plunge base.

$200 (As of 2/1/2007)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Routers for Router Tables

by Roland Johnson

review date: February 1, 2007

The Ridgid R2930 router is one in a new class of routers that features an integrated router lift that makes it ideal for use in a router table. We tested similar routers from seven manufacturers. Our tests included checking runout with a dial indicator and inspected how each router worked by testing it with a tall molding bit.

There are two ways to change a bit on the Ridgid and both were inconvenient. You can crank the collet nut above the table and use one wrench. But to do that, you must reach under the table to press the spindle lock. Or you can use two wrenches. But to do that easily you must take the router out of the table. On the upside, the router comes equipped with a fixed base or a plunge base.

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Editor Test Results:

Bit Changing Inconvenient; Single wrench
Base Changing Good
Plunge/Height Adjustment Excellent
Runout 0.001
Quality of Cut N/A
Vibration at Handles N/A
Router Table Suitability Excellent
Noise Rating N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Ridgid
Manufacturer's Web Site www.ridgid.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-474-3443
Opening at Base 3-3/4 in. diam.
Built-in Dust Collection No
Horsepower 2-1/4 HP
Amps 12
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Speed Variable Speed: 10,000 rpm to 23,000 rpm
Collet Size 1/2 in. and 1/4 in.
Maximum Plunge/Height N/A
Tilting Base No
Special Features Built-in Router Lift
Product Warranty N/A

I have been looking for an alternative to a large fixed base router like the PC 7518 and the Milwaukee. One day I saw this at Home Depot and for less than $200, I took a chance. To this point it has been a mixed bag.Plunge Base: The plunge base is decent, the play in it is a little much for my liking and I continue to use my Elu routers, my DW621 or my Bosch 1613 AEVS for hand-held plunge operations. In summary about the plunge base, if you will use it frequently, look more seriously at the Bosch, DeWalt or even the PC kits. Fixed base: I have NEVER used the fixed base other than in my router table. The above table adjustment is what sold me on the unit. The adjustment is slow with the included PLASTIC t-handle socket. It does the job but it should be made from some sort of metal. Motor: Plenty strong for any home shop. The runout is minimal and the LED lights are handy in hand-held operations. The variable speed is consistent and I find the motor to be the best aspect of the entire kit.Overall: A good deal for the $, but look at the DeWalt and Bosch kits first.

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