Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 200
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 4.0 out of 5.0 by JAG Exactly what I needed
I have owned a much larger router for many years and always found it too big to use by hand. This one was easy to maneuver and perfect for the more detailed fine work I was doing.
August 20, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Justdoit Good Quality
I used this router to mill out some 7075 T6 aluminum and it worked flawlessly. It is very good quality and easy to adjust. The very fine depth adjustment is a nice feature.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fred Very nice
I used Ridgid tools over the years and was always pleased with their quality and always worked. When I needed something to end mill aluminum, on my home work bench/shop, I went to Home Depot and saw this Compact Router. Upon inspection, it seemed heavy duty and had all the features needed. It worked great and was everything I was hoping for. Love it. Now I'm in need of a new compressor after 43 years use on my old one. Last time in Home Depot you know what brand name I was looking for. It's going to be a Ridgid.
August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ken Great Router
Wanted a small router that works well but is also small and easy to use with one hand if needed. Well built, works great
August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by InNoutofgrace Highly Recommend
Great quality tool at an affordable price. Has worked out perfectly for what I purchased it for.
August 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by R83 Happy with my purchase
This unit has plenty of power for a trim router. It's smooth and easy to handle during work. the longer power cord is nice, as is the LED on the work area. Only complaints would be that the unit gets hot during extended use (more than five minutes). It's not painful to hold, but is definitely noticeable. I'm also adjusting to the challenge of changing the bit/loosening the collet to change bits- the included wrench can be difficult to get onto the nut.
July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SideRoads Does Rigid Know Their Own Tools?
Well, never owned a router;
However, read reviews until going almost blind to ensure I got a quality router and easy to use.
Picked up the Rigid at Home Depot with an extra set of bits by Ryobi.
Got the router home, went to the operating manual, Not designed for beginners. Went to you tube and found demonstrations. So far, so good.
Figured out how to install the bit. Could not figure out why the bit that came with the tool would not go into the router.
The bit sent with the product is 1/2" bit.
I'm sure in the reviews and description it calls for a 1/4" bit. So much for getting an early start on a project.
Even though I know mistakes happen, I'm a little irritated that inattention to detail is poor. Makes me wonder what else is not right with the product.
On my way back to HD and think I will go with the Makita, my second choice.
Geez. By the way, the Ryobi 1/4 inch bits fit.
"The RIDGID R24012 compact router has a ¼” collet capacity only.
Glad I didn't try to use hammer to force the 1/2" bit, Someone just made a mistake. I lost some time. Probably should have waited to write this later. But, come on, where is the attention to detail.
August 5, 2016