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Old 03-13-2013, 03:51 PM   #21
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We got this back in 05 or 06. Was working out of town and one of my foreman picked up at Home Depot on the company card. It still looks brand new, been sitting on a shelf in the tool room mostly. The few times I've used it I was really impressed, very easy to handle and seams to have some power. Has pretty nice case too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:21 PM   #22
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I have the small makita and it is probably one of the best I have ever owned
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I've actually been checking out trim routers myself. I really like the ridgid. Their power tools seem to be getting up there, quality wise, with all of the other big names. Just bought one of their portable saws and it is beautiful. Plus they have a lifetime warranty on their products as long as you send in the stuff to register it. You can pick up one of their routers at H.D. for around $100 and I think it comes with a couple different bases. It's next on my list to pick up.
Buddy was working for me and he had ridgid we used , freaking thing got hot as hell and vibrated my hand numb,junk.


Now that I have read all the posts I'll add ; freaking ridged got hot as hell and vibrated my hand numb, junk.
It can't take all day, thing got so hot you couldn't hold it. PC never had that problem but I'd have to say I like the height adjustment gizmo.
I bought a new base and brushes for one of the PC's and ordered bearings for both, less then 50 bucks so I'll kick the can down the road a little bit more. I also have a couple bosch trim routers that I forget I have some times, I like them but keep them in a boxes for the laminate work, maybe I should try them as my job site units. Still looking to spend some hard earned pesos and I like the the looks of the Dewalt but hate it's square base.Maybe it's just the bright yellow, I don't know.

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Another vote for Ridgid. I loved my Colt, but it died and the design is very dated. I have the newer Ridgid and its a solid little fixed base router. Has all the features you need and nothing you don't. The LED light is now a MUST for me and routers... :-)

Mine stays cool and is very smooth. Smooth enough to stay on the table while running.
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I think I'm going to get slapped with a ridged .

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Bosch colt
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Actually just picked up the little Makita a few weeks ago, because my other routers were out on job sites, and it was cheaper to pick up another, than drive to the job sites and back. It's got some power, and very comfortable to work with.
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Ridgid for me too. I love it. Had the Makita been out when I bought it I probably would have went with it, but I'm happy with the Ridgid.
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Have the ridgid at work, love it compared to my dewalt. It's really quiet/smooth and comes with two bases.

I also use it mostly for laminate trimming and occasional edge profiles
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Festool makes a nice trim router. Extremely well engineered, great dust collection. Only $600.
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Festool makes a nice trim router. Extremely well engineered, great dust collection. Only $600.
If I did more laminate that's the one I would buy for sure; but I don't do much, I actually avoid it like the plague cuz I hate it, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do .

I have the Rigid too. Am I the only one that gets SUPER annoyed by the power switch being on top and shutting off mid route cuz I bump it all the time??? The Rigid is a decent trim router (maybe even fantastic), but that power button location makes me hate it. Strictly based on that I bought a Dewalt combo; it came w/ a motor, a mini plunge base, and a laminate base (the laminate base is a little bigger than the Rigid palm router). I haven't used it yet but it sure looks purty

The funny thing is I bought the Dewalt a couple months ago as a replacement for the Rigid, but everytime I have to route something I don't want to get my new Dewalt dirty so I still use the Rigid .
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are you saying the rack/pinion is wearing out or the locking lever?

the fine depth adjust on the ridgid is just perfect and with some fine adjustment on the cam locking nut, the slip is no more

I currently have 2 of the rigids and 1 of the new mak's both are a pleasure to use
the rack and pinion on the makita is.. where its plastic the nubs are worn so it doesnt operate very smooth.. i mostly just use that router for door hinges anyway so its constantly set at the same depth.. might need a slight adjustment based on the hinges being used that day though
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Over the years I have picked up several "refurbed" PC 310's . They're powerful yet easy to work with one hand. I've made custom bases for them and set up a few different ones with different bits so I don't have to change during a job. The oldest ones are over 25 years and still running strong.
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Am I the only one that gets SUPER annoyed by the power switch being on top and shutting off mid route cuz I bump it all the time???
Really? I think thats the best feature on the router. I love it, a quick slap of the palm on the router and bam I'm off with that peice of trim.

I find the base on the bosch easier to keep flat on the work surface than the ridgid. But I end up fumbling around to turn the thing off.

The makita's depth adjustment doesn't impress me.

I really like my ridgid and that's the only complaint I have is it's a little top heavy compared to the base plate size. I tend to keep my hand lower on the router to counter this. But have had that very router take a bite at my thumb.

My close second would be the bosch. This one doesn't have base creep yet so take that with a grain of salt.

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The trim routers that are posted are good for plowing out mortises, strike plate recesses and ball catches for french doors.

I wouldn't expect them to run even moderate 1/4 shank pattern router bits on a consistent basis.

T'is why Porter cable made the 7/8 hp.

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The little Ridgid ran a drip edge on 400 lf of wet facisha today
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I like my little dewalt, it has lights, soft start, and an optional plunge base
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I've used my Ridgid mostly for just 1/8 or 1/4 round overs, but I did use it to make a panel door out of pine for a cabinet I made. I think it has plenty of power and it hasn't let me down yet.
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I think it has more to do with larger bearings in the full size routers then power. I think that is why I burned up my Colt...larger bits and cut putting more lateral forces on the bearings. It had the power...I just think it was too much for the bearings.

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