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DevinT

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#1 posted 04-03-2021 06:45 AM

I have the Ryobi and love it. The lack of variable spindle speed is not a concern because I have bigger routers that are corded for that, like yourself. One thing I really like about it is that the body of the router is not cylindrical. This makes it fit better in the hand and I can lay it on its side to get extra leverage when I need to loosen the collet. I even went so far as to build a router table for it (see projects).

All that being said, there are some features I wish it had. For example, the light only operates when the unit is on. It might be nice to be able to turn on the light independently from the spindle, but if you are running the base along an edge guide or using it in a table, I feel this becomes less important. I can’t find a good tilting base for it whereas I believe another brand offers a tilting base sold separately. Sometimes I need to put a precision chamfer on plexiglass for jointing at an angle and a tilting base on a trim router is perfect for that task.

As far as battery life and power to sustain the cut, I tend to use the 4Ah batteries with it and I have 3 of them with one charger. I also have a 1.5Ah battery for lighter duty. I haven’t had a need for a 5th battery and sometimes I run the trim router all day long. I always keep one on the charger and those 4 batteries keeps me running all day long. I have been thinking of picking up their bigger charger that can charge multiple batteries at the same time.

Also, I like how the unit stands upright when you set it upside down. All around a good sturdy unit and it fits in my Milescraft small circle jig, making cutting circles a snap.

-- Devin, SF, CA


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