ryobi 1 1/2HP Router


Old 12-19-02, 11:33 AM
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ryobi 1 1/2HP Router

Hi All,

I just bought a router as a gift. She will be using it to mainly make one fireplace mantle. Will this one work. It is 1/4" collet and it's 1 1/2HP Ryobi R160. It only cost $60. Will it withstand this project. I don't think it's going to be highly used, but I don't want ti to peter out in the middle. Since it's her first mantle, I'm sure she'll be going through some practice runs.

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Old 12-19-02, 02:51 PM
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I'm quite sure that it will hold up fine.

I'm personally a firm believer in purchasing inexpensive tools when they are infrequently used.

If the tool is not forced when using, the bits and machine will last a long time.
Old 12-20-02, 05:57 AM
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I have the same router. I've used it for a number of projects and it's a solid tool. One thing to keep in mind, though: Do a series of smaller cuts rather than one big cut. The thing isn't really powerful enough to do a 1/2" cut in oak. Four 1/8" passes are a lot easier on the tool and will actually be faster than trying to do a single 1/2" cut.
Old 12-20-02, 07:59 AM
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Thanks that's good to know. I will go ahead and keep it and give it as a gift.
Old 12-24-02, 09:25 PM
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Also, if this is one of their models that has the plastic depth ring around the middle of it, tell her to take care with it. I rotated mine to the farthest extent (can't remember if it was all the way up or all the way down). Anyway, with only the slightest pressure, I managed to break the depth ring by pushing it too far. I think they should have made that part out of metal, but if you're careful with it, you shouldn't have any problems.
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