I did a simple test cut with a tool change to see what it was like. Two things I noticed.
1: Recalibrating the zero depth for the new bit was a little tricky. I’ve seen talk about adding this to ground control but I didn’t see it (nor try it) when prompted to change tools. Is it a feature in ground control yet? If nothing else, I thought I’d make a block or spacer that I could put between the bit and the work surface to manually set the zero. This method sets the zero by placing your bit at the safe clearance height for the bit. That’s where the program paused so that’s where it will start with the new bit. My safe height for the project was .2" so I’d need a spacer .2" thick so I can set the tool change bit to the right depth since it will start from the safe height and not zero. Sorry that’s probably confusing…
2: I found that I was working right on top of my cut for the tool change. Once the program paused for the tool change, I hit the manual move command to the left about 8", un-paused the program so the sled would move, once started to move I paused it again so it would stop at the end of the 8" move, did the tool change, then hit resume and it relocated itself and finished.
I would love to see some improvements on tool changes. I also realized doing the tool change without removing the router was tight. I’ll probably remove the router (quick and easy with the Ridgid). Only downside is I’ll get all greasy since I lightly greased the router body so it could slide better on z-axis changes. Wait, then I can’t set the bit depth right… Definitely need a recalibration for Z-axis on a tool change.