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#1 posted 12-20-2010 05:32 PM

I have an old Ryobi RAS that my dad gave me. I first used it when I was like 10 years old and I continue to use it now. For a smaller and cheaper RAS it has served me and my dad very well for the past 20 some years. I mostly use it for cross cutting rough lumber or wide boards but I sometimes set it up to do other things..

My RAS has a router/drill bit collet on the other side of the motor and can be used as an over top router or drill press. I have never heard of any woodworkers using the router attachment and I am sure most would say its not powerful enough but I tried it out and found it to work pretty decent for small things and detail work. Also with a straight router bit I can do dados as well as stopped dados. A little easier then doing on a normal router table I think.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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