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Tool: Ridgid R2400 Laminate Trimmer
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Review: I know this trimmer has been superceded by the 2401, but I just picked up a "brand new" second hand Ridgid 2400 trimmer and was impressed enough by it to review it for anyone else who might come across one of these.

My previous laminate trimmers have been the HF ones, and while they did the job, they just left me wanting a lot more. I have been looking for another to replace them, and stumbled across a Ridgid that was used for just one job. (based on the condition of the tool and the cutter, I think it was a very small job...) I took it out to the garage to play with it, and have been impressed.

It's not a monster, its only 6A, but it fits great in the hand. The soft start is nice, and the VS controller is in a good place. The on off switch is on the top of the unit, and kind of requires a second hand to start, but I may find there are other ways to hold the machine that works around that.

The cord is 12 feet long, that's a big plus in my book. One kind of gimmicky feature is a lighted plug with a picture of the tool. That can come in handy when needing to find which plug to unplug, but not a huge selling point in my opinion.

The base fits my PC template guides, and they are nice and snug in the recess. The edge guide and bearing guide that come with it are first class, very sturdy pieces. The openning in the base for access to the collet is a little tight, but not too bad. The router comes out of the base easy enough if I need the extra room

In short, for the $40 I paid for it, VERY happy.
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Sounds like you got a bargain, there Doug.

Since Harry has coaxed me into using Laminex/formica on jigs I may have to look at one of these trimmers....

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Hey Doug great review, really enjoyed it!

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Nicely done. Thanks Doug.

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Thanks Doug, as with everything you do, this is a class act review and very informative.
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Thanks for the kind words, guys, you are way too kind.

One of the other things I found is that I actually like the manual. It's not just 14 pages of 'thou shalt nots', but actually informative. It's the first one that I've read that addresses complacency due to familiarity.

"WARNING:
Do not allow familiarity with tools to make you
careless. Remember that a careless fraction of a
second is sufficient to inflict serious injury."

Page 13 has a great description not only of proper direction of feed, but the why behind it.

Maybe I should read the manuals more often.....



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