Ridgid Laminate Trimmer Tool Review – A woodworkweb.com woodworking video

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The Ridgid Laminate Trimmer is a great little tool that works wonders for trimming of laminate or arborite materials or just rounding over the edges of wood. The tools is not designed as a full-fledged router, but rather as a trimming and edging type of tool. For larger jobs, a router may be required.
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21 thoughts on “Ridgid Laminate Trimmer Tool Review – A woodworkweb.com woodworking video

  1. i made a comment about this router in your most recent video.i thought you just biught it recently.lol it looks brand new and clean.i just bought one recently and mine looks all beat up and dirt already..lol sorry about that mix up!:)

  2. Thanks for pointing out the left/right cutting & the fact that you need to cut the end grains first…..that will save a lot of people from wasted wood & damaged projects!  Great job!

  3. Just picked up my first trim router The Ridgid R2401.  This is a nice small easy to use router with great results.  I have a full size P/C router that's most often mounted in my router table which takes some time take apart to make those small cuts.  Point of clarification in you video. You describe the direction of travel when using the router left to right. (7:15)  It may be clearer if you used the phrase, " you push the router against the rotation of the bit." This is less confusing than Left to Right. An angle movement to me would refer to using a circular saw to cut a straight line.  Thanks for the review.

  4. Great suggestions about bits and end grain. How do you think this compares to the SKIL 1.75 HP router? I'm using it to make trim cuts on furniture / moulding and also using it cut through 1/2 in plywood. Do you think I'll need the variable speed?

  5. Anyone got any ideas to trim a piece of wood to be straight or parallel with the back side but is not straight on the side you want to trim? 

  6. Good video, thank you for the demonstration. Just got this specific trim router and always like to see it used by someone with more experience than me before I jump into things!

  7. If the bits you want to use are too large, you are better off with a larger, full size router. Using too large a bit on these smaller units will strain and eventually burn out the motor, they really require smaller bits.
    It sounds like you need an actual router rather than a trimmer.

  8. There will be a limit to the diameter or the base of the bit that will fit up through this router. Part of that limitation will be for safety, because this is a small hand-held router, we really don't want to put too big a bit on it. I haven't actually measured the hole in the base of mine, but I typically only use smaller bits, so I haven't encountered this situation.

  9. Well … hmmm, I think you are right, we probably should have called it something different. Good point, and thanks for taking the time to comment. We do listen to all comments to try to improve. Great to have you with us
    Colin

  10. Certainly the tool and a router bit will bevel pvc pipe with no problem, I'm just not sure how you would be able to control it without the tool getting away from you and making a bad cut. Then there is the issue of safety, but not really sure your application, but it sounds like an interesting project for you to work on.
    Thanks for asking … hope this is of some help
    Great to have you with us
    Colin

  11. Nice video very interesting, now i`ve got a question i wonder if i can use this tool to bevel pvc pipe, I am a plumber and i am looking to save some time, thank you

  12. @tournot Thanks for your comment, I agree this is a good tool and wish I had invested in one years ago instead of struggling to do round-overs with a full size router.

  13. I have had this router for a number of years. I love it and I ues it a lot. I really like the built in speed control. My came with a hard case I see it now comes with a soft case.

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