So I had just installed my Ridgid R2930 router into my Bench Dog cast iron table onto my Ridgid TS3650 table saw and I was ready to start making some picture frames that I had promised my wife.
I have never been super pleased with the bit changing process on this router but it has been my only complaint. I got the first bit in and made my first series of cuts and was very happy with the new table. Then came my first bit change, which I attempted with the router still in the table. Long story short, it didn't go well...
After the bleeding stopped and I bandaged up my knuckle I started to do some research on other routers that would let me change bits easier. I was just about to buy a new Triton unit, but hesitated and went back down to the shop to took at the Ridgid and see if there was something I could do to make life easier. After playing with the router and trying different things for a few minutes, it hit me and I came up with the following process that makes changing bits quick, easy and safe.
As you can see from these pictures there is no way to get a wrench on the collet from the top of the table.
That leaves you with three choices...
1. Remove the ring assembly - A complete pain
2. Try and loosen the collet from the underside - Impossible
3. Remove the motor from the fixed base to make the change - A complete pain and dangerous if the motor falls
Try this, it works much better...
Step 1 - Unplug the router
Step 2 - Release the router lock lever and the motor lock and slide the motor all the way up
Step 3 - Engage the router lock lever
Step 4 - Engage the shaft lock pin from the underside of the table and use any 1 1/8" wrench you like to loosen the collet as it is now easily accessible from the top of the table.
Step 5 - Insert your next bit, engage the shaft lock pin and tighten the collet
Step 6 - Release the router lock lever and lower the router until the motor lock engages
Step 7 - Adjust the height if necessary, then re-engage the router lock lever and plug the unit back in
I hope this helps save you some time and frustration...
- Shawn -