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Forum topic by Scott posted 12-03-2014 09:46 PM 932 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2014 09:46 PM

I have a 3.25 HP router. I’m wondering if it can handle the 3” panel bits or should I go with a vertical bit… Thanks for the input! I have a router table with a 8” tall fence

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 10:33 PM

My 12 amp router can do it, so I’m sure your 15 amp router can handle it. Take multiple passes and it should be fine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 11:23 PM

Depends on your opening. Other thing to consider is speed. I assume you have variable speed. You need to slow that big of a bit way down.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 11:29 PM

Depends on your opening. Other thing to consider is speed. I assume you have variable speed. You need to slow that big of a bit way down.

- bonesbr549

+1. Definitely should follow the mfg’s bit speed recommendations.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 02:39 AM

I have tried using one on a 2 HP router and fried the speed control so I’m nervous trying it again. I turned the speed all the way down and took 2 passes. But I’m nervous about destroying the 3.25 HP router…

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 02:49 AM

To be honest, those big azzz bits scare me, so I’ve never tried to use one in the r.t…..If I need raised panels, I do it on the table saw with a high fence…..which is not real often…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 02:57 AM

I have done this in poplar with no problems, I would tell you some of the answer depends on the wood you are cutting. It also helps allot if you can remove some of the waste on the table saw before you route the profile

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 01:24 PM

Take small bites and slow that monster down to 10k RPM. I use PC 7518 router motors in my tables that are 3 hp and they have worked work on white and red oak and ash just fine. BE CAREFUL that’s a lot of steel spinning!

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 12-04-2014 02:00 PM

I have done it with cherry, just slow the bit way down take and take multiple passes!

-- .. heyoka ..

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 02:37 PM

I was cutting hard maple when I fried my old router. I also bought a cheap panel but off eBay. It vibrated quite a bit so I’m assuming it wasn’t balanced. I like the idea of the bits that also have the back cutter. I was looking at getting a Freud…

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 02:43 PM

I think that you should be OK with the bit in a 3-1/4 hp router. However, I really am uncomfortable with those bits as there is a lot of chance for kick back. I feel much safer with the vertical bits and have used them instead.

I think that you can get the same results with either bit.

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#11 posted 12-04-2014 08:12 PM

I would use vertical bits, they are way safer.


-- We must all cross the line.

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 05:11 AM

If what you’ve got is a DeWalt 625 router – go to it… just keep the speed down on those humongous panel raising bits.

I absolutely LOVE mine. It is big. It is heavy. It eats wood – knots and all, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with loads of snacks in between.

-- OldEd

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