Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: League City, Texas. A.K.A. Hurricane Alley
Mind you, it doesn't matter if the router is Bosch, Hitachi, Ryobi, B&D, etc... Mechanical pieces wear out with use. Plain and simple. I am guessing that since you wore out the locking mechanism that you used this router a LOT... You need to ask yourself if the time and usage you got out of the tool was worth the $$ you spent on it. And have you considered seeing if you can get the Ryobi fixed? I am not sure it is worth it. But if it is a tool you like it might be...
Be careful when picking a replacement router though. I had to have a custom adapter made for my B&D Firestorm plunge router to be able to fit standard guide bushings to it. (Thank God my brother in law has hook ups with machinists!).
Don't buy junk by any means, but also, don't spend more than you have to just to make the brand name snobs happy either. It's your money. If you can chose between 2 tools, that do the same job, just as well as each other, but one costs twice as much because it has a name brand folks drool over, do you want drool on your tools, or do you want the money to afford materials to use those tools on?