|Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust||posted 10-20-2010 04:30 PM||6469 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
10-20-2010 04:30 PM
I have been doing woodworking intermittently for many years. One tool I’ve always kept at arm’s length is the router. I have one, but I rarely use it, even though I know it can be a very useful tool. I’ve just don’t reach for it when I need to do something.
That has changed lately for a couple of reasons and I am trying to embrace the router more in my woodworking. (Although my wife looks at me strangely when I’m embracing a power tool :) )
I have a dewalt 2HP plunge router. It hasn’t been used very hard, but it has some problems so I’m thinking about replacing it. That is where questions start to arise.
What is a better all-around router to have? I have used the router on a table to make some trim. I use it more freehand for putting an edge on some boards, or making a rabbet or dado. How useful is a fixed-base router for making a dado where you need to take several passes?
I came across a good deal on a Bosch router with a fixed base and I noticed that it is not variable speed. It is a fixed speed of 25,000 RPM. My current router has variable speed and as I understand it, the larger the bit, the lower the speed. With a fixed RPM of 25,000 what size bits am I limiting myself to?
I know that the answer to “which [tool] is best” usually results in the answer “It depends”. I’m just trying to get a better understanding of some pros/cons before I take the plunge (pun intended) on a new router.