If you’ve been drooling over the new Ridgid cordless router, but haven’t taken the plunge yet because you don’t have any Ridgid 18V batteries, now there’s no excuse. Over on the Home Depot website you can pick up the router, a 2Ah battery, and charger for $129 shipped to you.
Previously, if you wanted the the router, you’d have to purchase the bare tool for $119 and use battery packs and chargers you already had as part of a previous Ridgid 18V platform buy-in, or purchase a battery and charger at the same time as the router. The cheapest battery and charger starter kit right now runs $99, bringing your total investment to operate this router to $218, if you were to buy things separately.
There may be some question whether the 2Ah battery is powerful enough to run this router well. All I can say is that it probably depends on how you plan to use it. I’m betting it’s probably fine for a 1/4″ round-over, or a laminate trimming bit, but you might be taking a chance if you plan on using a deeper profile or a rabbeting bit in one pass.
If you want to see what this router is all about check out Stuart’s previous preview post. Here’s a quick look at what you get:
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Features & Specs
- Brushless motor for longer runtime
- Variable speed dial
- 17,000 to 25,000 RPM
- Micro-adjust dial for depth adjustment
- Soft start to prevent work surface gouging
- Quick release level for motor removal from base
- LED worklight
The bare tool comes with an edge guide, sub-base, collet wrench, and starter laminate trimming router bit. I can’t find if this kit also includes all of the accessories, but I have to imagine at a bare minimum it ships with the sub-base and collet wrench.
This order is only available online as far as I’ve seen. If you don’t want it shipped to your home, you can also opt for ship-to-store for local pickup, but it’ll likely take just as long..