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Forum topic by Nemuri posted 07-04-2018 06:12 PM 232 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nemuri

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07-04-2018 06:12 PM

Hi all,
Sorry for the n00b-level question here, but…
Somebody has a free router for me, but it’s only ¾ hp. I can’t even find any new ones online with less than 1hp.
Is this thing gonna be too weak to even bother using, or can I go ahead and use it with some caveats/limitations?


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#1 posted 07-04-2018 06:21 PM

It will work just fine as long as you don’t try running large bits, and the price is certainly right.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 07-04-2018 07:46 PM

Like Brad says – just fine for soft woods and taking small bites at a time.
I have had several 3/4 hp Craftsmans in my younger years and when they pooped out,
I slowly moved up to 2-1/4 hp which is more than adequate for the work I do.
when it is time, start moving up in HP with 1/2” collets.
and don’t let anyone kid you, there is nothing wrong with having 6 or more routers !!!!!!!

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I started out with practically nothing ~ and still have most of it left.

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#3 posted 07-04-2018 08:23 PM

You didn’t say what brand or age.

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#4 posted 07-04-2018 08:41 PM

It’s free so just get it and give it a try. Also welcome to LJs

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#5 posted 07-04-2018 08:43 PM

It will work just fine for most things.

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#6 posted 07-04-2018 09:37 PM

Free is a good place to start.
Use sharp bits and don’t go too fast. But don’t go to slow either or the bit will burn the wood….especially Cherry.

If you need to use larger bits you can get a bigger router later. A 2hp + is adequate for almost all routing.
I have had good luck with the Porter Cable 890 series of routers which uses the same motor on a variety of bases.

There are routers that are less then 3/4 hp but they are trim routers…..not much bigger than a large Dremel tool.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 07-04-2018 09:49 PM

Free is good, as others said go slow and use smaller bits.

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