Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 202
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 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 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
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 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 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