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I have just purchased a Ryobi RRT1600 Plunge Router and am in the process of setting up a workshop for DIY jobs and hopefully, to restore my long lost youth

Is this model of router suitable for mounting upside down?

If so, is it relatively easy to make bit depth alterations?

I have a gut feeling that I may have purchased the wrong type of router
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Hi,

I have just purchased a Ryobi RRT1600 Plunge Router and am in the process of setting up a workshop for DIY jobs and hopefully, to restore my long lost youth

Is this model of router suitable for mounting upside down?

If so, is it relatively easy to make bit depth alterations?

I have a gut feeling that I may have purchased the wrong type of router
I like the way it comes with 1/4" and 1/2" collets, which means you don't have to worry about reducers, it has soft start and speed control.

Practically any router can be put in a table upside down, and you can always use one of those scissor type router lifts from Ebay if you want the cheap and easy route (excuse the pun).

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Router-L...-/331933469784

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I like the way it comes with 1/4" and 1/2" collets, which means you don't have to worry about reducers, it has soft start and speed control.

Practically any router can be put in a table upside down, and you can always use one of those scissor type router lifts from Ebay if you want the cheap and easy route (excuse the pun).

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Router-L...-/331933469784

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The Cheap router lift ONLY works for Plunge Routers and NOT fixed based routers.

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The Cheap router lift ONLY works for Plunge Routers and NOT fixed based routers.
That's what the OP bought, it's a plunge router.

Ryobi 1600W Plunge Router Product Detail - RYOBI Tools

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That's what the OP bought, it's a plunge router.

Ryobi 1600W Plunge Router Product Detail - RYOBI Tools
Correct but Stick did tell him to buy a Bosch Fixed base router.

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Correct but Stick did tell him to buy a Bosch Fixed base router.
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@Zippity - Welcome aboard. Lots of good folks here willing to lend a hand.

Now, about your router. I didn't look up the manual so I will leave the reading to you. Does it mention a way to disable the plunge action by removing a spring (or springs). Without doing that, using it attached to a router plate insert will be a difficult task because you will be fighting the spring(s) each time you try to make a depth adjustment. I wouldn't even try it.

However, it should make a nice router for hand held operations.

Save up your coins and buy a second router with a fixed base that you can leave mounted under a table. There are a lot of insert plates that allow for just that purpose. I have two routers mounted under a table - a Triton 3 1/4hp and a Bosch 1617. They are attached to Kreg mounting plates. No complaints from me.

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@Zippity The Bosch 1617 is highly recommended for table use, in part because its fixed base can be mounted under the table with an above table height adjustment. Here's a picture. Personally, I still use the 1617 freehand and plunge, but put a Triton TRA001 3 1/4 hp in my table. The Triton was made for under table use, and is set up with a crank so you can set height precisely. It also has a safety lock you have to press before you use it. It cranks up very high above the table for easy bit changes. It costs about the same as a lift alone.

If the Ryobi doesn't allow you to convert it to a table model, I'd keep it for freehand use, and seriously consider going for a Triton. You're wise to go for a table mount either way, it's much safer to use a table than freehand, and using larger bits freehand doesn't work well and is pretty risky.

Be sure to download and read the pdfs Stick put up. They cover a lot of territory. Also, you might get a lot from watching videos by Marc Sommerfeld. He sells router related gear, but he started out making cabinets, so his technique is really good and worth learning.

Don't know if you have a commercial table yet, but you might consider making your own. Can be as simple as a chunk of flat ply or as complicated as a fancy cabinet with drawers. Search the Forums for threads on making a router table for details. You'll want to add a mounting plate to your shop made table, Kreg and many other companies make them, often pre-drilled for your router model.

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Many of the newer plunge routers have above the table adjustment capability, I’m not sure about that one though. You still have to reach under the table to lock them in position. I also recommend removing the springs for table use. You can extend the router to the point that the base comes off but there may be one thing to be careful of. Mine have a brass plug that goes between the lock lever and the plunge tube. Make sure that side is down when you remove the base or it can fall out.

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