All necessary modifications to work with a Makita RT0700C or RT0701C

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  • #81241

    Frederik
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    Hi all,

    My Lowrider 2 is still under construction (waiting for my bearings), but I’ve used the time to remix Ryan’s original LR2 parts to work with my Makita RT0700C – it should also work with a RT0701C.

    You can find the parts and a few photos on Thingiverse.

    I’ve modified the Y plate to fit the 4 M4 screw holes and the size of the opening in the original router base.

    I also remixed 2 printed parts which are drop-in replacements for VacDuct.stl and VacShoeTop.stl. VacShoeTop fits together perfectly with the original VacShoeBack.stl and VacShoeFront.stl, while sitting snug next to the Makita instead of the DeWalt that the original parts were made for.

    The VacDuct part snaps into place in the factory router base for the Makita (see pictures). Same as the original part it redirects the router’s exhaust air away from the intake of the vacuum shoe.

    I ended up reconstructing the required parts in CAD from the measurements of the original parts since the modifications were a bit more intricate.

    Comments and questions are welcome!

    CAD

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    #81291

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Looks great!

    #81293

    John
    Participant

    Awesome job.  I’m also going to start assembling mine, hopefully next few days.  I don’t have the Makita, but I did buy the cheapie look-alike to try.  Screenshot_100
    Aparently most of the parts for the makita are interchangeable with mine.

    I might give your design a go and hoping it’ll work.  Thanks

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    #81328

    Frederik
    Participant

    Great, please let me know how it goes. I’d love to add the Katsu to the compatible devices list for this mod.

    #81343

    Brian
    Participant

    New Makita mod

    Perfect fit on all the parts. Much better vacuum suction . Router clamp latch his the vacuum bar.  I flipped it backwards.  Doesnt clamp as well, so you’ll have to tighten the nut a bit.  Good job!

     

    Brian

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    #81346

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Awesome!

    #81348

    John
    Participant

    Great, please let me know how it goes. I’d love to add the Katsu to the compatible devices list for this mod.

    Will do, when I get the router, hopefully by the end of the week

    #81449

    Frederik
    Participant

    Brian, thank you so much for testing the parts and following up! I’m happy to hear that it worked. Once I’ve made some progress with my own build, I’ll see if I can do something to help with the clearance for the clamp. Otherwise it seems like you found a great workaround.

    #81734

    John
    Participant

    @frederik I just got the router in.  I had already printed your parts beforehand, and everything seems to fit really well.  I’m not sure if it’s my imagination, but the inside hole of the vacduct seems to be alittle off -centre.  When I put it on and go to lower the router, the nut hits on one half, but it’s definitely no biggie, it took me a minute to file the other side make the clearance bigger.  Other than that everything lines up perfectly, just like the makita ai!!!

    #81825

    Frederik
    Participant

    @john, thank you for the update. The nut does not interfere with the vacduct on my original Makita, maybe the internal geometry of your Anesty is a bit different. Happy to hear that you made it work, though.

    #81970

    John
    Participant

    No worries

    #84786

    Frederik
    Participant

    Now that I’ve completed my own build I updated the thingiverse listing to include two higher hose brackets. This way you can use the router without flipping the clamp.

    #93610

    Alex
    Participant

    Frederik,

    I’m using your re-design to attach Makita router to my build in place of Dewalt. Awesome Mod, thanks for publishing it.

    Question: What is the purpose of the VacDuct part? You said: redirects the router’s exhaust air away from the intake of the vacuum shoe. Why not direct exhaust air into the dust collection as well?

    I’m looking into this since I want to be able to get router sitting lower than VacDuct insert would allow.

    #93628

    Frederik
    Participant

    Thank you Alex! The VacDuct part should not prevent you from inserting the router all the way – maybe you need to file off a bit around then indent to make sure it’s not interfering.

    I simply adopted idea from the original part for the Dewalt. According to Ryan it helps with the vacuum to separate the air flows and it works well for me, so I kept it.

    #93642

    Barry
    Participant

    Question: What is the purpose of the VacDuct part? You said: redirects the router’s exhaust air away from the intake of the vacuum shoe. Why not direct exhaust air into the dust collection as well?

    The issue is the router exhaust shoots straight down, and will always be faster than a vacuum systems airflow, so it blows chips all over the place, even with the vac running.

    #94067

    Alex
    Participant

    Thanks Gents.

    I understand the purpose now.

    Routers sits pretty well on that insert, however I want for it to be slightly lower so the collect sticks out a little bit.

     

    #97146

    Alexander
    Participant

    …have you found a 1/8″ collet for the rt0700c?

    I also have one and as I’m pulling the trigger on the lrcnc2 in the next few hours, I was thinking of getting those 500w Chinese spindles because I can’t seem to be able to get a 1/8″ for the makita….

    #97147

    Frederik
    Participant
    #97148

    Alexander
    Participant

    @frederik Thanks for the link but there are no 1/8″ – 3.175mm collets for the rt0700c

    #97149

    Frederik
    Participant

    You’re right. Sorry I missed that.

    #97150

    Alexander
    Participant

    So since we got the same trimmer…have you found a 1/8″ collet for it?

    #97151

    Frederik
    Participant

    No, I’m using 6mm and 8mm bits (easily available here in Europe)

    #97153

    Aaron
    Participant

    Elaire sells the precision collet for the Makita. I used a 1/4 to 1/8 collet adapter for a long time though, worked fine, added run-out was minimal.

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    #97155

    Alexander
    Participant

    @frederik yeah same here. Had to buy an extra 1/4″ collet for my 6.35mm bits

    #103302

    Marcelo Rodrigues
    Participant

    Is there any particular reason for the size of the holes to have so much variation? Besides the screws that fasten the makita, of course.

    Makita

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    #103308

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Nope just sloppy CAD,  inconsistencies.

    Are any of them causing you an issue?

    #103369

    Marcelo Rodrigues
    Participant

    Nope just sloppy CAD, inconsistencies.

    Are any of them causing you an issue?

    No, just asking before cutting the Y plate

    #103374

    Barry
    Participant

    Hey guys, just throwing this out there.  If the carriage can touch your workpiece when it’s all the way down, don’t let the router collet stick out the bottom.  If for some reason the rambo loses power the carriage will drop.  If it’s just the endmill sticking out, it will drill a hole through the work and into the table. If the collet is sticking down, the endmill still drills through everything, then the collet hits and starts a friction fire.

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