Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 27
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by NorthernMouse Okay for light jobs
I'm new to the whole wood working field. I bought this one 5 or 6 years ago and it has worked fine. The variable speed was handy and up to now I've only been using it on soft wood. This year I decided to built cabinets in oak, and she started to bog down. Burnt it out today. Some of it I'm sure was my fault in taking cuts a little deeper. Extremely awkard under a table, could never get the depth cuts right and removing bits was a pain.
January 16, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hank Ryobi router
Really nice machine, smooth running, handles are nicely positioned.A little awkward for under table adjustment and had minor problems with power switch. That being said it has plenty of power and variable speed. I would recommend this for diy types.
January 28, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pinoy great diy router
works as intended, a little awkward under the table but all routers has their little shortcomings. Recommended for diy types, should be good for almost anything you can throw at it on a diy standpoint.
December 15, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mayor Very nice...
Have enjoyed this router, very easy to use. I agree with other postings, under the table is awkward at best. Variable speed is handy as well.
October 14, 2008
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by trikerdave router ( excelent )
nice , i would recomend to anyone
February 27, 2007
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sluh It's ok for rough jobs
I'm a hobby woodworker and I would say this tool is not for fine jobs for sure. Too much play in the guides. You can never be sure your bit will be straight to the base and it will play depending on your grip and push. You always have some tilt depending on how deep you set it. Lock is on one guide and spring on the other guide will tilt the router chuck pushing non-locking side up. Locking lever is inconvenient, 1/4" insert doesn't guarantee a good alignment of the bit but it's the same with any router. Use 1/2 chuck for 1/2 bit and 1/4 with 1/4. No adapter will work perfect.
It will work for less fine jobs but not for mine cabinetmaking needs. Collecting the dust on the shelf now.
December 9, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SiEs Does the job!
I do a lot of car audio work with MDF and a router is a must. this router has the same specs as some of it's counterparts and definitely holds its own against them. Not gonna lie, first day I bought it, I broke a 1/4 inch fluted bit, but I quickly found out that it's not the best idea to cut 3/4 inch MDF in one pass on the highest setting. Needless to say, I haven't made that mistake twice. My only gripes about this router are on the baseplate mostly. After they factory painted the baseplate, the straight edge mounting brackets are tough to fit jigs into. Other than that, after some use the hex nut stoppers (stop the router from jumping out of the spring legs) drop to the depth of wherever you were routing. minor annoyance, yes, but none-the-less annoying.
If you plan on doing heavy routing work, I'd go with the Diablo bits with the 1/2 inch shank, as they are able to handle the heat stresses this router puts on it.
September 26, 2010
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by adude junk. plastic housing melted at brush-guide points. Melted?
melted. The brush guides no longer had a reliable orifice in which to rest! they then rubbed against the conducting area and melted a bit.
Got through about 200 lineal feet of tongue and groove (cross grain, not with-grain) routing in dry, select-grade 3/4" maple @ speed setting between B & C.
brushes were at 1/3rd-1/2 wear when the tool finally completely died. Ended up sounding like a small lawnmower. One brush spring was severely oxidized and had lost spring power. (perma-compressed)
Consider buying a bosch, porter cable, or dewalt.
P.S.: replaced with 12 amp, 2.25 hp bosch and going about 2-3 times as fast through the material, with increased feelings of stability of the tool. Saved me and my guy 30 minutes today and put down a few more square feet of floor than we'd ever done previously.
January 11, 2013