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Router Xtreme Xtension™

Item #
20188
Rating:
86% of 100

Change router bits from above the table with only one tool - PLUS extend router bit's reach. No need to lock your spindle - single locking screw secures the bit. Use this extension with any router table or with any router lift and It also is not to be used with fixed based routers because when extended they do not have a long enough housing to lower or raise the router in the housing and safely retain enough clamping pressure of the housing on the motor body to securely capture the motor.

(1) Router Xtreme Xtension
(1) 1/4" x 1/2" reduction sleeve to safely support 1/4" cutters
(1) 5/32" Allen wrench and locking screw
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number EX-2080
Weight 0.5500
Tech Spec
  • Runs 1/8" through 3-1/2" diameter cutters.
  • Additional 1-1/4" length and 1" deep bore provide complete support of all 1/2" and 1/4" shank bits used with any thickness table or insert plate.
  • Works in any 1/2" collet.
  • For use with variable-speed plunge router in table application.
  • Fatigue-proof steel.
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A very handy tool
I love the xtreme xtension. I do a lot of Scroll saw silihouetes and am changing bits a lot to make my projects look profesional using my router table.
February 22, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Router Table Extension
I have had this thing for almost 6 months and it is great. Makes changing bits very easy and does not wobble.
March 5, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Product works great for me -...
Product works great for me - just make sure you follow the instructions to the letter. Good investment.
April 23, 2010
I have used one of these...
I have used one of these for a few years now in my router table. Made changing of the bits much easier and I have not seen any performance issues. I mostly used 1/2" shanks but I do have collet reducers, just haven't used them yet. I try to stick with 1/2" shanks.
October 22, 2008
The Router Xtreme Xtension is great....
The Router Xtreme Xtension is great. I have a Dewalt Router which is a great router. My router is a under the table mount. In order to change out bits, I have to unlatch the router from the base use two wrenchs, change out the bit and replace the router. With the RXX., all I have to do is raise my router, use the allen wrench, change the bit and lower the router to the correct depth. This is a time save and easy to use!
January 18, 2008
Extension plate
Instructions on box weren’t clear that I’d have to make an extension plate in order to use. But that was fairly easy to do. Works fine.
January 16, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Maybe I am just unlucky and...
Maybe I am just unlucky and got one that sneaked through quality control, but, I can't fit any of my 1/4" shank router bits into the 1/4" reducer. The bore is too small.
September 30, 2008
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
tired of going under table to change bits.
David M on Jan 8, 2019
so I can work faster, easier and safer in the shop
DAN P on Jul 27, 2017
tired of going under table to change bits.
David M on Jan 8, 2019
Easier to change bits
Harry K on Sep 21, 2017
so I can work faster, easier and safer in the shop
DAN P on Jul 27, 2017
I chose this for easy bit changing. However when I let my router down the bit sit up to high.
BART H on Oct 13, 2016
Birthday present for my wife.
Mark W on Feb 1, 2016
my new table top is very thick I hope this works as stated
Frank on Jan 19, 2016
Wanted ability to change bits without removing anything, as well as adapt between 1/2 and 1/4 inch shanks.
Gene on Jan 1, 2016
I put a router on a table and needed a stable extension.
Michael A. C on Dec 11, 2015
get total use of router bits.
Michael on Dec 8, 2015
to be able to change bits above the router table.
Mathews N on Aug 17, 2015
To simplify bit changes
CEA on Jul 25, 2015
To raise up the raised panel bit on my Rockler router table.
Terry A on May 25, 2015
Easier to change bits
Harry K on Sep 21, 2017
I chose this for easy bit changing. However when I let my router down the bit sit up to high.
BART H on Oct 13, 2016
Does it work with Bosch router ?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Any router that takes a 1/2" shank will accept this.
Will this work on the Dewalt 618 router?
Robert P on Sep 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. You'll love it in a router table to make adjustments and bit changes easier above the table. Just have to use the 1/2" collet in your router. Watch the slot placement in the 1/4" collet if you use it in the extension. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Can the Extreme Xtension work with a Makita 3600RB router with 22000rpm?
matt W on Aug 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Extreme Xtension should work with just about any router with a 1/2" collet. However, this Xtension is going to change the geometry of the way that the bit is held in the router by holding the bit further away from the motor and adding more weight to what is being held in the router's collet. This can significantly increase the run-out (run-out = how much the arbor spins out of center) in your router's arbor. All routers have some degree of run-out no matter the brand or quality. Usually .005 of an inch is considered good, but if you double the distance the bit is held from the router's motor, that .005 can become .010 or more. The run-out gets worse with age and care of the router. The bearings WILL wear with age and use (creating more run-out) and even specks of saw-dust or scratches in the collet, collet seat, or the bit's shaft can throw it off to a dangerous amount. Scratched collets and bits should be replaced immediately. Damaged collet seats should be repaired or replaced by a qualified service tech immediately.

I personally would not use the Xtension in a hand-held router. Even with a router mounted in a table, I'd be inclined to only use a variable speed router so that I could ramp up the speed slowly making test cuts to determine at what speed larger bits starts to get "grabby" or cutting rougher in a sample of the wood that I'll be using, and then turn down the speed a little when I notice the change.

Beyond that, work smarter-not harder and follow all the safety recommendations and you'll keep all your fingers and other body parts.

If you have further questions, the manufacturer's tech support department is your best resource for specific questions.