Re: Ridgid Router Review
I use this router as a table top fixed base.
I have to say, this router has been a nightmare.
It's difficult to replace bits, for starters and after awhile the body is nearly impossible to pull out of the sleeve.
But here's the real kicker;
After a short time, the bits were nearly impossible to get out of the collet. I broke several because they simply could not become loosened.
Thinking this was my fault, I replaced the collet adapter (1/2" to 1/4") and used all new bits...Guess what happened? Right away the bit got stuck in the collet.
At which point, I have now thrown the router in the trash.
It is worthless and I couldn't even justify giving it to someone for free.
It is a hazard.
DO NOT try to save a few bucks by getting this router instead of something decent
Re: Ridgid Router Review
Sorry for your problems, but I'm left wondering if this is your first router experience and whether you really do have a problem! Sorry, as I certainly don't wish to either insult you or make light of your concerns.
Personally though, my Ridgid R2900 has been excellent in most respects and certainly in it's collet design. The collet is very well machined on mine and is of the "auto release" design, very similar to the few Porter-Cables that I have used. There are basically two steps to release the bit, and perhaps that is where your problem lies.
You loosen the nut, basically with it tight it takes some torque with the wrench to get it initially loosened... it appears to be loose, but at that point you can only swivel the nut a little bit and it will reach a point where it feels tight again... it then takes another twist with the wrench to break the collet completely free and allow the shank to be removed freely!
If you only turn the wrench to the first point where the nut feels free, that isn't enough to extract the bit's shank... the collect still grips it quite securely! (Which sounds like your description.) If you then continue to loosen the nut, you will feel it being snug and then break completely loose. This last step is actually forcing the collet open and at the point the shank will actually fall out if you tipped the router over.
The only other challenge that I can think of is that you may be inserting the bit shank all the way into the collet. It should never be "bottomed" as the shank will grow as it is heated during operation and possible jam in the collet. I alway put the shank in, and then pull it up about an 1/8" on all my routers. But, I've never had any problem with the Ridgid.
IN any case, I hope this IS your problem and not somethink that was perhaps ill-fitted or damaged from the factory. I have four regular routers and one trim router and honestly the Ridgid has the very best and easiest to release collet of them all.
If however my suggestion does not apply to your circumstance, I'm sure Ridgid Customer Support would be helpful.
I hope this helps,