Ramp Lock Router

PROJECT: Sears – Craftsman 1.5 hp Router

GOLD AWARD Industrial Design Excellence Award 1991 Annual product design competition sponsored by The Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week Magazine

CLIENT: Ryobi Motor Products, SC
Work performed by Willis Whiteside while working with Industrial Design Associates, Inc.  Principle Industrial Designers: Mr. Jim Watson & Mr. Alex Chunn, Mr. Chris McClintock,  Mr. Bill Saunders

Working with the client’s engineering team this was a complete development project. that encompassed concept generation through production design. The heart of the design solution is the patented, ramped step-ring that allows the user to incrementally adjust and measure the height of the router bit. This work shown is development sketches, color renderings and an appearance model of the final production design, work completed as part of a team at IDA.


• Patented Incremental Ramp Lock router height adjustment mechanism

• 1 piece injection molded base housing

• 2 piece injection molded clam shell motor housing

• User friendly switch/knob orientation

Photography courtesy of Bjorn Shultz, Cave Productions

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