Ridgid compact router R2401

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11-04-2013 03:53 PM

I am interested in purchasing this router but I am unable to find out if Ridgid will come out with a plunge base for it in the future. Does anyone have any knowledge on this. Thanks

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#1 posted 11-04-2013 04:09 PM

How about just contacting Ridgid?


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#2 posted 11-04-2013 07:58 PM

It’s possible, but not likely.
The makita is very similar and has a plunge base, FWIW.

I love my 2401’s. I have 3 of them in regular rotation.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 12:31 AM

This Tool is actually called a Laminate Trimmer/Router. The Ridgid 2401 has been around since March 2009, if they haven’t brought out a Plunge Base for it yet, I doubt that they will.

I looked at this one at $129.00 and the Bosch Colt PR20EVSK at HD For $169.00

I decided that the Bosch was the better Trimmer and came better equipped all around. The $40.00 was not a consideration. The Quality of the Machine was. I’ve been using it for 2 Years Now and Love It!

I THINK it has a more Powerful Motor ( 1 HP) than the Ridgid.

It gets the Job done quickly and accurately. Just so we’re on the same page I’ll attach Pics Of Both Models below.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 12:41 AM

Dewalt makes a compact router with plunge base.
I don’t own it, but their 618 plunge base sure is nice.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 12:44 AM

I picked up a 2401 for ~ $79… I’ve never seen them going to $120.

Great little router! I use mine a lot, for freehand dovetail waste removal. Most routers this small don’t use plunge bases, as most plunge work is a bit heavier duty, like stopped dados, or mortising, and most plunge bases aren’t of the precision for things like inlay work. I usually tilt the spinning router in when inlaying, using either the R2401, or a Dremel in a Stewart MacDonald base.

If you really want a PRECISION small plunge base, Micro Fence makes one that fits many motors. Bring money…

If you really want a small router with a plunge base, and can use a slightly bigger model, consider the Colt or a DeWalt DW611. The combo kit is ~ $150 on Amazon. I have a DW611, and I can also recommend it. I like it a bit better than the Colt, as it’s got some stuff the Colt didn’t have when I bought the 611, like an LED light on the bottom.

I never knew I needed an LED in the bottom of a router. Now that I have two models that are LED equipped, I won’t freehand without one…

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 12:58 AM

I love the ridged. We have the bosch at work. Seems like such a clumsy device. The supposed “router guide” is nothing more than a piece of stamped metal. Wheres the ridgid has a really nice guide included.

The adjustment on the ridgid has a micro adjust where as i don’t think the bosch does. I love my full size bosch, but after a lot of reading i settled on the ridgid palm router.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 01:21 AM

The Ridgid is 1-1/2hp, Bosch is 1hp, Makita compact is 1-1/4hp, Dewalt compact 1hp and PC trim 1hp. IMO the Ridgid is more comfortable to use, has much better adjustment than any of the others and is more versatile because of the higher hp.

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 02:43 AM

The ridgid is not 1 1/2 HP; in fact ignore all hp ratings on these small compacts. Go by the amps. The ridgid pulls 6 amps, and FWIW, I used to have two bosch colts, and sold both after getting ahold of the ridgid. I think it’s the better trimmer.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 02:46 AM

Now I am confused, I was ready to get the DeWalt.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 05:56 AM

Further To Pricing on The 2 Units ( Bosch & Ridgid) As It Came Into Question Above. The Prices I quoted Above are Todays Prices At Home Depot, Tool Store, Home Hardware, & Rona. All Canadian Dollars.

Some are Pictured below. Also My Colt (Blue Border). I keep A Catalogue/File, With All Specs, Manuals, Etc. Of ALL My Tools On My Computer. It Was Purchased At Home Depot, Nov 11, 2011 Also at $169.00

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 12:31 PM

@RockyTopScott: The dewalt compact is a really nice router, but it’s a step up in size from the trimmers. Depending on hand size, the dewalt may or may not be a one handed router for you. For me it’s a bit too bulky.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 03:43 PM

Bottom line is the OP wants the plunge base option…...which Ridgid doesn’t offer. So as good as the Ridgid is, its not really a contender.
Bosch and Makita are pretty much the only play for a laminate trimmer w/ plunge option.
PC and Dewalt make a ‘compact router’ with a plunge option.

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