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Tool review: Do-it-all Routers

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Plunge Action
Lock on release
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The best plunge locks can be
easily reached from the handle
and depressed to unlock, as shown.
Press to lock
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With some routers, you must loosen
much of your grip from the handle to
secure the plunge lock.

Plunge Action

4. Plunge action

All of the tested routers plunged smoothly without side-to-side play. We prefer locks that you depress to plunge and return to locked when released, shown right, as opposed to those that stay in plunge mode, locking only when you push the lever. The Ridgid's lever is not spring-loaded, so you have to change your grip slightly to engage it.

Continued on page 5:  Router-table Use



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