The Ridgid Trim Router (R2401) is a high performance router with a price tag of $499.00. The Ridgid Trim Router (R2401) was designed to provide the best value for money when it comes to routing devices.
Model Number R2401 Manufacturer Ridgid Model Type Trim Router Brand Name Ridgid Model Number R2401 Part No. RR-R2401-1KM-BK Part No.
RR-R2401-2KM-BK Weight 3 lbs. 4 oz. Dimensions 11 x 6 x 8 inches (25.3 x 17.8 x 20.3 cm) Power 110 Volts Warranty 2 Year
The trim router comes with a powerful 15 AMP motor that can produce up to 3-1/4 horsepower, this makes it suitable for use on soft and hard woods alike. This is very impressive considering the fact that similar sized products only reach up to 2 horsepower.
The Ridgid Trim Router (R2401) also includes a 2-1/2 inch diameter and a 3/4 inch collet that can be used to hold 1/4 and 1/2 inch shank bits. When turning bits are being used, the user needs to make sure that they have a proper grip on the bit or else they could cause the bit to become damaged. This is solved by using a device called a “router bit quick clamp” that can be used to effectively secure the bit in position. This will allow the user to work more efficiently and safely.
The router has a 2-1/2 inch diameter and has 10 adjustable and lockable positions that can be set at 90-degree intervals. It also features a built-in LED that makes it easy for the user to see what they are working on.
The LED will allow the user to work in any lighting condition with no problems. The powerful 15 AMP motor operates at 60,000 RPM and can make clean cuts up to 3/4″ in softwood and up to 2″ in hardwood. The router’s design is durable, but there are some issues that were found when testing it. The first issue is that the base plate is a little bit too narrow making it difficult to work with, especially when cutting wider pieces of plywood. The on and off switch is also in an awkward position that can make it difficult to switch on and off.
The LED lighting system makes it possible to see what you are doing in any lighting condition.
The powerful motor can be used for a wide variety of applications.
The 2-1/2 inch diameter can be adjusted to 10 different positions allowing for greater versatility.
The base plate is a little bit too narrow and can cause issues when working with wider pieces of wood.
The on and off switch is in an awkward position that can make it difficult to turn the power on and off.
There are some quality control issues with the LED lights, some units don’t come with the lights working at all.
How It Compare?
There are quite a few palm routers out there, but only a select few are worth your time. The first router that is worth mentioning is called the Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Router. This palm router has an ergonomic design with a 3.25 AMP motor and micro-adjustment system for precise settings. It sells for about $80 online and it great for people who need to do some precision work.
Another router to consider is the PORTER-CABLE PC600 Handheld Router. This palm router has an electronic speed control that allows users to change speeds without having to move to the base plate.
It also has a 2-1/4 horsepower motor and sells for about $100 online.
Another great palm router is the Bosch PR20EVSK Colt Palm Router. It has an ergonomic design with a 3.25 AMP motor and micro-adjustment system for precise settings.
When you are looking to buy a palm router, there are several factors that you should take into consideration before making a purchase. Some of these factors include the price, power, versatility and comfort.
Depending on your needs you may want to prioritize certain features over others. With this in mind, let’s talk about some of the different factors that you should think about when comparing different models and brands.
The first thing to think about is your budget. Palm routers can range in price from as little as $25 to over $600.
If you are a professional contractor who uses a palm router on a daily basis, you will no doubt be willing to pay more for a higher quality model. If however you will only use it sporadically around the home, you may want to buy a cheaper model unless you know you will get your money’s worth out of it.
The second major factor to take into account is power. Palm routers generally are available with different power settings.
The more powerful the palm router, the more expensive it will be. As with all tools, the more powerful the tool the more potential danger there is if it isn’t used properly. So think about how you will be using your router and buy one that best meets your needs.
Size and Weight
Size and weight are minor factors, but they are still worth considering. Smaller palm routers will be lighter in weight.
If you are a professional contractor and are going to be using the palm router for extended periods of time, then a lighter model may be more comfortable for you, than a heavier model. Larger routers will generally have larger motors than smaller models, so that may be something worth taking into consideration as well.
Palm routers can generally be used for many of the same purposes as a table router. Depending on what you plan on using the palm router for, versatility may be a major factor in your decision.
If you just need to do some simple decorative edge work, then a simpler less versatile palm router may be just fine for your needs.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The design and manufacture of mass production equipment for a pencil with a seed (EA Del Castillo – 2013 – dspace.mit.edu)