A gas powered trim router. Hmmm. I think I want one.Tom,
My neighbor just bought a Ryobi ...
and it's gas powered. They got, I think, 3 other attachments that go with it. So far, he's had a ball playing with it. And it's a lot more poweful than the battery powered ones.
They do Tom. The likes of Makita, DeWalt etc were doing it long before Ryobi. They have full ranges of tools using the same batteries, as do Bosch, Milwaukee etc. Although I think Ryobi are the first with a cordless router, some of the others' 18V LiIon ranges are probably still more comprehensive. Makita especially. They have all sorts using their 18V batteries - heated jackets, a coffee maker...Using one battery type in most of their tools is such a good idea for the end user that it is a wonder every company hasn't done it yet.
Is yours a cordless router or is it a cordless cutout tool?To bring this back to routers...I have had one of the Ryobi cordless trim routers for several years. It came as part of a kit, if not I probably would not have bought it.
- I have a few of their tools and the common battery means that I always have several charged,
- easy to change bits.
- not very powerful - best for MDF and softwood
- no speed control (at least on mine) it is on or off
Conclusion, I won't get rid of it but it is not the reason I would switch to using Ryobi (the caulking gun, reciprocating saw are).
They even have an 18V one that will cut over 2-1/2" at 90° now.The thing to remember that when you buy your first tool and battery and charger you feel locked in to that system so select which supplier you want to go with. In the case of my saw I can only cut 45mm which limits it a bit. I know Makita will cut a full 2" at 90deg.