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I am not happy with my Rigid trim router because it seems to be out of control. It jumps and tears up my pieces. I donít know if itís just me or if itís the small base or what, but Iím afraid to use it. I know Iím going in the right direction and I even double checked it by looking in the manual.

I have an old Craftsman ľĒ thatís got to be at least 40 years old and I have never had a problem with it at all. I bought a ĹĒ craftsman about 10 years ago and had problems with the depth moving around. and someone gave me a Black& Decker ľĒ plastic router many years ago which really was nice until it fell off my workbench and busted the base. I still use it when I donít want to change bits and its handy.

I now have a new Porter Cable 890 router which I havenít used yet, but I really wanted this Trim router because it was small and could fit into small spaces. I just have so much trouble with it that itís like I forgot everything after 40 years of routing. Now donít get me wrong, Iím not saying I was EVER a router pro, Iím just saying that I have had experience and my whole world is falling apart with this little trim router is kicking my butt.
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Hi John

Pickup the base plate below it will help,it adds a bit more mass to the bottom of the router and a way to hang on to it and control it plus it keeps your fingers out of the hole in the base.

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I am not happy with my Rigid trim router because it seems to be out of control. It jumps and tears up my pieces. I donít know if itís just me or if itís the small base or what, but Iím afraid to use it. I know Iím going in the right direction and I even double checked it by looking in the manual.

I have an old Craftsman ľĒ thatís got to be at least 40 years old and I have never had a problem with it at all. I bought a ĹĒ craftsman about 10 years ago and had problems with the depth moving around. and someone gave me a Black& Decker ľĒ plastic router many years ago which really was nice until it fell off my workbench and busted the base. I still use it when I donít want to change bits and its handy.

I now have a new Porter Cable 890 router which I havenít used yet, but I really wanted this Trim router because it was small and could fit into small spaces. I just have so much trouble with it that itís like I forgot everything after 40 years of routing. Now donít get me wrong, Iím not saying I was EVER a router pro, Iím just saying that I have had experience and my whole world is falling apart with this little trim router is kicking my butt.


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Don't know if you can return it but if you are uncomfortable with the thing don't use it.

There may actually be something wrong with the unit and I believe Ridgid has a lifetime warranty so check it out.. see if you can get reimbursed for the purchase price and put it toward other options. Look at the Colt with variable speed.

No tool is worth the effort if it is "out of control" when you use it.
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Pickup the base plate below it will help

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Don't know if you can return it but if you are uncomfortable with the thing don't use it.

There may actually be something wrong with the unit and I believe Ridgid has a lifetime warranty so check it out.. see if you can get reimbursed for the purchase price and put it toward other options. Look at the Colt with variable speed.

No tool is worth the effort if it is "out of control" when you use it.
I bought this at Home Depot last year and thought it might be just the bit or something, I don't think they will take it back now. When I first was looking for a small trim router, there where some here that recommended the Colt, but the Rigid was cheaper so I bought it instead.

I can't tell if its the router or me and i don't know what to say is wrong. I might try making a video of it and try to see if i can identify what the problem is. It starts out OK then all of a sudden it jumps and gouging the wood.
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There may actually be something wrong with the unit and I believe Ridgid has a lifetime warranty so check it out..
You got me thinking about defects and while I was looking at it trying to see something, it occurred to me that it could be electrical. I wonder what would happen if the electrical dropped for just a second from a bad connection and start up again. Would that cause it to jump?
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Johnny, this is a stability problem, not a defect. In the same way a larger router can tip and gouge your work piece the smaller palm routers with even less of a foot print multiply the odds of this happening. Using a larger base plate like BJ suggested is the way to go; it will tame the beast.

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You got me thinking about defects and while I was looking at it trying to see something, it occurred to me that it could be electrical. I wonder what would happen if the electrical dropped for just a second from a bad connection and start up again. Would that cause it to jump?
I don't know about the power itself dropping out that would cause it but that does have a speed feedback control that may be malfunctioning. Speaking of speed, what speed are you running it at? The speed range on that is listed at 20-30,000 rpm which, to me is a bit fast. My Colt has a range of 15 -35,000 and I usually run it down around 18-20. IMO, 30,000 is way to fast for hand held work, more into CNC stuff where you can get a consistently high feed rate.

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I don't know about the power itself dropping out that would cause it but that does have a speed feedback control that may be malfunctioning. Speaking of speed, what speed are you running it at? The speed range on that is listed at 20-30,000 rpm which, to me is a bit fast. My Colt has a range of 15 -35,000 and I usually run it down around 18-20. IMO, 30,000 is way to fast for hand held work, more into CNC stuff where you can get a consistently high feed rate.
Oops Speed! I donít know. Iíll have to check. Is it adjustable?

I was looking for my thread when I 1st bought this router and discovered that I had asked about this problem before and forgot all about it. http://www.routerforums.com/general-...im-router.html
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Ok, well I’m embarrassed. I didn’t realize that it had a variable speed dial. It’s on 1 whatever that is.
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Hi Johnny,

If you are not cutting does the router try to jump around?
Are you using the proper bit and not trying to over feed the bit?
Have you checked the router with a different bit? The bit may be out of balance or have a bent shaft. It doesn't take much to cause a lot of vibration.
Make sure you are not bottoming the bit out in the collet and that the collet and shaft are clean.
It might just be the router, not assembled properly or missing/defective parts during manufacturing.

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