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Has any one used the Cordless Ryobi Trim Router ?
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Larry if you are a contractor and your time is valuable then I would say go for it but if not then stick with a corded one. Ryobi is in the same class as Skil and B & D quality wise but they have standardized their battery powered tools to all (or at least mostly) use all the same batteries and chargers so that means they'll probably be around for a while in case you have to replace them.

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Using one battery type in most of their tools is such a good idea for the end user that it is a wonder every company hasn't done it yet. I have a large back yard with lots of trimming work, and it's too far to haul a cable back there. So I've considered the Ryobe setup. But I wish the DeWalt tools had standardized batteries because in general, I don't think much of Ryobe engineering. But then again, you don't necessarily use the trim router for heavy work and it would be a convenience to not wrestle with a cord. I'd also make certain there are plenty of accessories, as there are for the DeWalt and Bosch. If you were to use if for signs, for example, you might want some special base. Let us know what you do and if you get it, please give us a review.

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My neighbor just bought a Ryobi
set up ---- came home with weed wacker, hedge trimmer, and blower -- all run off the same base - - and it's gas powered. They got, I think, 3 other attachments that go with it. So far, he's had a ball playing with it. And it's a lot more poweful than the battery powered ones.

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My neighbor just bought a Ryobi ...
and it's gas powered. They got, I think, 3 other attachments that go with it. So far, he's had a ball playing with it. And it's a lot more poweful than the battery powered ones.
A gas powered trim router. Hmmm. I think I want one.

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Using one battery type in most of their tools is such a good idea for the end user that it is a wonder every company hasn't done it yet.
They do Tom. The likes of Makita, DeWalt etc were doing it long before Ryobi. They have full ranges of tools using the same batteries, as do Bosch, Milwaukee etc. Although I think Ryobi are the first with a cordless router, some of the others' 18V LiIon ranges are probably still more comprehensive. Makita especially. They have all sorts using their 18V batteries - heated jackets, a coffee maker...
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A gas powered trim router. Hmmm. I think I want one.
You would be the one to catch that...LOL...I can just see it, a complete RC kit for a small RC plane engine-driven trim router...

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I think I'm going to go with the Ridgid Brushless 18V Compact Router.
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To bring this back to routers...I have had one of the Ryobi cordless trim routers for several years. It came as part of a kit, if not I probably would not have bought it.
Advantages:
- price,
- lightweight,
- I have a few of their tools and the common battery means that I always have several charged,
- easy to change bits.

Disadvantages:
- not very powerful - best for MDF and softwood
- no speed control (at least on mine) it is on or off

Conclusion, I won't get rid of it but it is not the reason I would switch to using Ryobi (the caulking gun, reciprocating saw are).
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To bring this back to routers...I have had one of the Ryobi cordless trim routers for several years. It came as part of a kit, if not I probably would not have bought it.
Advantages:
- price,
- lightweight,
- I have a few of their tools and the common battery means that I always have several charged,
- easy to change bits.

Disadvantages:
- not very powerful - best for MDF and softwood
- no speed control (at least on mine) it is on or off

Conclusion, I won't get rid of it but it is not the reason I would switch to using Ryobi (the caulking gun, reciprocating saw are).
Is yours a cordless router or is it a cordless cutout tool?

I've been waiting for the router to be released for sale and just now realizing it is now available.

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