Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 85
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by OnewithRyobi Keep fresh batteries around when using
This tool is an especially useful router, but keep fresh batteries on hand as the blade will start chipping your work with lower RPMs. For laminate, works like a charm. Oh, and wear hearing protection and the neighbor may want some too.
March 18, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John4242 Great tool, use it all the time
It is listed as a trimmer, but don't be fooled, I use it as a portable router..
I've bought 1/4 inch router bits, and Everything I make now has a different edge on it...
November 9, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ShotgunF15 "One+" of the best Ryobi tools they make!
Great trimmer... AWESOME router if you add base/handles. This trimmer is compatible with the base & handles sold as replacement parts for the plug-in trimmer. You can find them on power tool parts stores... depending on shipping you can get the base plus two handles for under $30. Once you add them it is a fantastic portable router and (in my view) much more capable/usable than without the modification. Photo added of my modified trimmer. Only minor negative is the switch...a bit unwieldy to turn on/off when using as router.
December 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by falingtrea Works well for battery powered tool
It was very easy to add decorative trim cut to a piece of furniture I am building. Only drawback is that large router bits, 1 1/2" or bigger, will not fit with the alignment collar on.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sparky Another Great Ryobi Product
First time using this type of router to trim laminate while redoing my kitchen countertops. Easy to use, long battery life with my lithium ryobi battery, and great results. Smaller size let me get very close to the walls since I was relaminating the counters in place and only had small areas to trim by hand. Bought a 3 piece laminate bit set that made the edges look professional. On/off switch could have better placement, but not a big deal. Height adjustment base opening directs debris where you want. Would be nice not to remove base to remove bits, though. As with all power tools, wear hearing and eye protection and a mask.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PrecessionGuessworker Handy dandy
I am a old 4 generation pro that still get talked into doing some woodworking my self verses just consulting. I have a huge mobile work bench/cart from the day. In front of it is a low 18" 4' X 8' assembly table. On the lower level a series of large pigeon holes with routers plugged in and ready to go. The concept here is every router bot I would use had a dedicated router attached. this enabled me to go fluid on a job with out changing set ups. I have so many routers I can't count. That goes for drills, screw guns, and nailers, all with a place in this cart along with power and air. We would take this cart and bench on Architectural mill work jobs such as high end libraries and i could do finishing touches and assembly before the crew would get the part installed. The idea of cordless is wonderful but until the lithium Ion era it was depressing. This router can handle small profiles with ease. Although the days of High pressure plastic laminate (Formica) are behind me. I do use this on wood. You can't expect to much from any small router so keep this in perspective. Up to small 1/4" radius and chamfers at a proper speed are just what the doctor ordered. This is the old blue version of Ryobi so you can get it at a value. I'm thinking they have so many of them in a warehouse is why they haven't made a new green one with a few more bells and whistles. I would think a LED light more convenient access to the power switch, variable speed, brush less motors would be in the works. I would like to see a noninvasive way to store the wrench on board as well. I just wire it to the unit while storing it. The motor didn't at all on this test piece using a 1/4" radius on douglas fir. I did ther bead on the reverse side as well. My use on birch, maple, oak, just as good at the proper feed as well. But to me a router is a router unless its a bad router. This gets the job done it was intended for in a very handy way. It has gone full circle - Meaning my Great grandfathers version of a cordless profiler was a hand plane, then corded tools, now..... This is the future.
March 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sarge great for door hinges
I picked up this little guy about 5 years ago to speed up door hinge preparation. I figured it would be quicker than using a chisel, but I had very low expectations. Was I ever wrong. I, and several co workers have routed hundreds of door hinges, and several laminate garden window sills over the last 5 years with absolutely no problems whatsoever. I even used a plunge bit to router out a piece of 3/4 inch plywood for the battery tray on my pontoon boat. My advice to anyone considering it is this....be patient and take your time, use the lithium batteries, and spend the money on quality bits. I personally use Diablo and have had no issues.
November 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Upcyclelivin Worth having this in your tool collection.
i picked this up because the price was pretty low. Didn't expect much from it. But after its first use i realized this little guy has some power to it. As long as you are using the lithium batteries this trim router can be used for all sorts of routing. because this is small and easy to handle i grab this one first for most of my edge jobs.
April 21, 2015