Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 207
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Randy Very well built, easy one hand operation.
I've never owned a compact router, and almost always go to my big kit Dewalt. I was recently building a planter box, and pulled out this router over the Dewalt. At first I thought I got a bad unit. What I did not notice is that the router plate has a smaller diameter hole for the router bits, and attempting to lower the base plate was binding on the plexi plate. I moved to a smaller OD router bit and problem solved. That is a bitter sweet issue, but with the smaller motor it makes sense to limit the size of the bit to ensure long service life on the motor.
Very sturdy, and easy to raise and lower the depth. Much quieter than my larger router.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tazman Compact router
Used ones to mortise hinge seemed good would recommend
October 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BigM Nice device for the money
I bought this to help my son with a physics project. I've never used a router before. For the price, this did a great job. Proper wood workers may prefer something else, but for a novice like me, it was perfect. All I had to do was attach the bit, attach the rail and start. My son was able to use it after a single demonstration. It also comes with a soft case.
October 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by woodisgood Great little tool. My big router is going to collect dust...
Whether you buy this router or another brand, get one of these little routers. Definitely not just for trimming laminate. Full fledged router that fits in the palm of your hand.
I mostly use 1/4" bits with pilot bearing to put round-over or 45 deg on edge of board. Or shallow cuts for hinges. This little router does all that and SO much easier than balancing a heavy router, tipping and gouging the edge of your work.
I chose the Rigid for the LED light, clear base plate, wide visibility and quick adjust.
I almost passed because of the switch location, but having used it for 1 week, now I really like it. The switch is on top and up/down (vs. a thumb rocker) so you can easily whack the top with your hand, your hip, or whatever to turn it off.
Again...don't know why I didn't buy one of these sooner. My bigger router is going to collect more dust than it's going to make. Great little unit and a full fledged power tool.
May 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beone Great router
I use these as the power heads on my end router. I get excellent life. I really like that the collet is true as I do a lot of fine detail.
Is there a 1/8 inch collet available?
October 7, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by NH Great Product
I used this router to install 8 doors over the weekend (using a hinge template). The Rigid Router was easy to control, had enough power for the job and worked flawlessly after initial adjustments. The LED light is a great idea and the dust shield is very helpful. Major downside is that this unit gets very hot, almost too hot to hold with gloves or careful hand placement on the router. The "quick release" feature is nice after you adjust it; my unit needed tightening using an 8-mm wrench otherwise the depth adjust would move (very bad b/c it will change cutting depth).
Overall, I highly recommend this product unless you want to spend a little more on a more powerful, cooler running unit. The "Good" rating (vs. "Excellent") is because of the heat issue--this thing generates a lot of heat quickly.
September 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SMW Solid router that performs as advertised
This router is a very solid router. It's built well and has plenty of power for jobs requiring a compact router. The base the router fits in is very well made, the micro adjustments work great and the build quality overall is good. The edge guide that comes with the router works great and changing bits in the router is easy. The only thing that is a little time consuming is changing the bits. I find the wrench doesn't have much room to move the nut.
September 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by North Compact Router
I have several full size routers, including one mounted in a large router table, but this compact router is very handy and has a lot of capability. I think it will be one of my go to tools and with the Ridgid life time warranty it is a great value.
August 30, 2016