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#1 posted 02-25-2013 12:21 AM

They are useful for a pro. I have one. It’s very useful
for duplicating irregular parts from tempates and for
making forms for bent laminations.

The machine pretty much stays set up for duplication
using a pattern stuck to the bottom of the work
piece that rides against the pin in the table. The
spindle if directly aligned with the pin and so
the pattern does not interfere with the cuts
or get damaged. Pattern cuts can be made in
depth stages and a 3hp pin router will
feel about 3 times more as powerful than
a 3hp hand held router.

You can use it with a fence to plow grooves.

The machines are regarded by many as dangerous.
They are perhaps a little difficult to guard well
in a way that doesn’t interfere with vision
or feeding of the work piece.

They are used a lot by electric guitar builders
for routing body shapes and cavities.

Inverted pin routers are simpler to use safely
and command higher prices on the used market.

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