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I recently purchased a Ryobi Plunge Router RE180PL1. Is it suitable for use in a router table. If yes, any recommendations?
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Welcome to the forum, Rahn.

I believe it should be OK for router table use as long as you do not overload the cuts.

Some routers are easier to adjust than others.

Do you have or plan to buy a router table?

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I recently purchased a Ryobi Plunge Router RE180PL1. Is it suitable for use in a router table. If yes, any recommendations?
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Whilst not the PERFECT router for table use because it's only about 1.5hp and surprisingly the owners manual doesn't mention how to remove the springs, which is necessary for proper rise and fall, and there isn't an exploded drawing in the manual. But, I reckon that anything put together can be pulled apart so that shouldn't be a problem. In summary, if not pushed too hard it should be fine, I think there is an accessory that allows for above table height adjustment.

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Welcome to the forum.
As Harry mentioned, there is an optional depth adjustment knob, p/n 975220001. I think you can get it at ereplacement parts.
I haven't tried to remove the springs but there is also a exploded breakdown diagram and parts list that is downloadable there.
The router is a real pain to adjust the height when in a table. I made a makeshift lift that's sort of a see-saw with one long arm and a shorter arm with a paddle that fits under the router. My table (an older Ryobi) is bolted to a stand. To not block the air flow to the motor I slide the lift under the router only when needed. I found it in Fine Woodworking issue 159 under methods of work.
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Welcome Rahn! Looks like you are off to a running start here.

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