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"Router" speed

Discussion in 'The DIY Tool Shed' started by RollingBender, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. RollingBender

    RollingBender Tele-Afflicted

    May 14, 2011
    SW Minnesota
    Do a lot of woodworking on a milling machine (Bridgeport-style) and I run the tool nowhere near as fast as a typical router runs. I can remove wood just as fast as a router generally and get similar finishes except mine lack the black marks on the wood and the burned up bits. Are routers running so fast to make up for a lack of HP or to make them easier to control by hand?
  2. Tom Pettingill

    Tom Pettingill Tele-Holic

    Sep 5, 2010
    Probably a few reasons, but my best guess would be to make them more controllable by hand. Not only do you have a certain amount of gyro type action going on, but a higher speed will smooth out the cutting action. Think of it this way, given a fast enough speed, in theory, a square tire could run fairly smooth.
  3. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2007
    SC (S)lowcountry
    Yes, I would also think that the router speed smooths out the action and makes it easier to hand hold.

    A Bridgeport is a great mill and can do a lot of things, but the 3hp version needs 220v, runs at up to 4200 rpm, and it costs about $15K new.

    A Bosch 2 1/4 hp router runs on 110v, at up to 25000 rpm, and it costs $160 new.
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