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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 06-29-2006, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Greetings, I'm a beginning woodworker and am in the market for a router combo kit to start out. I've decided on a 2 HP class model kit with a plunge and fixed base. The only problem now is which one...

Anyway, I was in my local HD today and got a chance to handle their Ridgid R2390. It felt pretty good in my hands and I like the lifetime service warranty. However, I'm a bit reluctant based on the dearth of real world reviews and information about this one.

Does anyone have any real world experience with this one? I also like the feel of the Hitachi combo at another store so, rather than gamble, I may just go with that one. It's a few bucks cheaper too.

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Welcome Rob. My personal choice is the Bosch 1617 combo kit. I like the feel of it better than others I have tried. This is not to say it is the right choice for you. Only you will know which is the most comfortable for you. As far as the Hitachi, make sure you are talking apples and apples. The KM12SC is the single speed combo, the KM12VS is the soft start/variable speed version. Both sets come with guide bushings. The component most likely to fail in any electrical application is an IC chip. For this reason I prefer to use the standard on / off switch version. You can buy a larger aftermarket speed controler (which should stand up better) on sale for as little as $14. Since we have recently seen the KM12SC for as little as $89 at Amazon.com I must recomend this as a super value. Reported prices on the KM12VS seem to average around $167, still a good value for your money.
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Just my 2 cents...
I would back off the Ridgid, do a search on Froogle.com and you will not see one come up that should tell you something.
And I do like Riggid power tools,I have a 12" chop saw that's great but they are not strong in routers..not say you will have a problem with it BUT.

Hitachi combo is not to bad but it's so dam ugly ( displeasing/repulsive to the eye)
I guess I should define "dam ugly" It looks like it could be a 1920 vacuum cleaner motor or maybe a 1950's malt mixer motor that they used to make into a router motor,if you recall they are green also.

I do like the Porter Cable, it's not ugly hahahahahahahaha and you can get many add on items for it unlike the other routers and you can get them at just about any hardware store or HomeDepot outlets or Rockler stores that should tell you something.

Many of this forum like the Bosch routers but it's not my cup of tea...but that's just my 2 cents.

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Bj, I kind of like the look of the Hitachi.

As far as the Ridgid combo goes, I think it's only been out for a couple of months and they may be ramping up production which would explain their absence on froogle and the auctions. Their lifetime service warranty sounds too nice and, although I don't own any Ridgid tools, one of my friends swears by his and has great luck with them. Still, I don't like a non-proven model.

Before I buy, I'll try to handle as many as possible. aniceone2hold, the Bosch is definitely one that I want to get a hands on experience with since I really love Bosch tools.

I can get 10% off at HD this weekend so the Ridgid set would only cost $180.

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Hi,

I am the major person pushing the hitachi router here and if you look up KM12VC using the seach feature here you will find a lot of post from me asking for people to at least look at the hitachi before making a purchase.

I own three of them and love them...... even the green color! The 5 year warranty is nice too but it is better if nothing goes wrong and so far so good with mine, not even a recall.

If you like it well enough to buy it then go to amazon where they are $178.93 with free shipping and if you order though July 4th they have 10% off makes it $161.04. You can also check ebay and other places and might find an even better price.

If you have any questions feel free to pm me or post here in the next couple of days... got a trip coming up so sooner is better.

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Got the Ridgid... love it. 'nuff said.

Seriously, I looked around for 3 or 4 months before I bought my last router, and couldn't pass up the R2930 after I found one and got a chance to handle it. We'll see how well it holds up in the long run, but my first impressions are very favorable. With what's included in that kit, for $180 it's hard to go wrong.

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I went hunting today. The 2nd HD I stopped at had one of the Ridgid combo kits in the box. I like the clear base plate which accepts PC style guide bushings, the led's to illuminate the bit area are a good idea. The lighted plug on the power cord is a good reminder to always unplug before changing bits. I wonder about using magnesium for the motor housing and bases. Bosch used this method and changed to aluminum because of a corrosion issue. I didn't get to check out the feel of the unit since it is still boxed, and I suggest anyone considering buying does that before handing over the cash.
A thought on "Lifetime" parts and service: This is only good for the lifetime of the company. Having seen PC / Delta fall to B&D after a 60 year run is enough to make you wonder. Ridgid's limited retailers is expanding, but I would feel better if they were available everywhere.

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Hello , hav'nt posted in a while but I trust and respect the opinions of my fellow woodworkers on this forum. So after playing with the routers at Lowes for quite some time (green is my favorite color) I purchased the Hitachi combo kit at Rockler tonight(thanks for all the info Ed). They have the variable speed kit on sale now for $150. But as I also believe the variable speed is just one more thing to go wrong(thanks Mike) I ordered the single speed kit on sale for $120 delivered(I allready have a speed control). Now my PC 9690 ,which has served me well, will go on Ebay tomorrow to help finance the new purchase 18243015
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it probably is too early to tell on the ridgid router, but don't fault it becuse people aren't sellng it on ebay yet or haven't had a chance to rate it online somewhere. it's their (ridgid's) first router, and it's only been available a few months. I've seen only one online review and it was more of a summary of features and not an in depth review. I'm sure those will be coming along shortly.

I will say that with the clear base, light, and included vacuum attachments ($30+ for my PC) it presents quite a deal, at least on paper. It came out 1 month after I bought my PC 690vs package- otherwise I would have looked hard at it for the same money. I've had to make my own clear subbase and I'm still trying to figure out dust control...

sure the lifetime warranty is only as good as the company behind it, but with an increasing number of tools in increasing areas (construction, pneumatics, woodworking) I'll bet they'll be around at least longer than the standard 1 year warranty on anything else.

I don't work for ridgid, I've just been very happy with their tools.
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The August 2006 issue of Workbench magazine is devoted to routers. The R2390 made it to the cover. Neat plans for a router and accessory storage box plus other goodies. Well worth the $5.

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