Find Out Which Wood Router is Best For You Before You Purchase

First, I suggest you consider utilizing only high-quality carbide-tipped router bits in these woodworking tools anytime possible. They can be re-sharpened numerous times and they usually don't burn up and load up if they are kept sharp. High-speed steel bits don't last long, they are not worth sharpening and they dull rapidly, burning your function piece as they soon load up and turn black from burning. Sometimes, nevertheless, the bit profile you require might only be available in a high speed steel bit: This is the exception rather than the rule.

Second, as hand-held power woodworking tools, heavy and/or top-heavy routers are hard to manage. Not only will you be struggling with them all day, they tend to tip easily which can frequently ruin a cut or leave an incomplete cut. If a smaller, low-profile wood router could have spun that bit, then that is the tool you should have been using. On the other hand, an under-powered wood router will not do a great job and may not even be secure. Also, be certain to check the weight of any wood router you may be contemplating, if it is to be hand-held. Heavy woodworking tools are tiring and clumsy to use all day long. A pound or two less can make a big distinction.

Third, consider how you will be hanging onto the wood router while it is cutting. Are the handles comfortable enough for continuous use? Do the shape and material of the handles permit you to manage the wood router correctly? Some of these woodworking tools are also accessible with "D" handles (at additional cost) which might give you better manage and feel. One wood router from Milwaukee even offers a padded grip around the exterior of the router base. One hand goes on the rubber grip whilst the other goes on a standard knob.

Fourth, if your wood router is in the 2 1/4 HP variety, you will want it to have a variable speed function, particularly if you are planning on using large bits like raised panel bits. You will require to run these big bits a bit slower. They will remain cooler and cut better at a reduce speed. On the other hand, you will get smoother cuts with little bits of you maintain the speed higher. No matter what RPM you choose, you will want your wood router to be able to maintain that speed at all occasions, no matter how difficult you push it. Electronic speed manage enables your wood router to compensate for heavy loads by automatically adding a adequate amount of extra power to maintain your wood router spinning at the same speed it was before the cut started.

Fifth, (and this is a security consideration) try to purchase a wood router that has "soft" start-up. This would not be a needed function in stationary woodworking tools but is an essential safety device in a hand-held wood router. Historically, routers have had only 1 speed (higher) and when you turn them on, they spin up quickly. The gyroscopic force of that can flip a spinning wood router correct out of your hands. A soft begin-up energy tool steadily increases its speed from zero to full, thus eliminating nearly all of the gyroscopic effect.

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