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Hello. My name is Matt from Toronto and I am new to the forum and woodworking. I am a very handy diy'er who wants to build cabinets for closet wardrobes and 'built ins', bookcases, etc.

I'm busy with family/career so I bought a Kreg bench top router table to save time. I also bought a barely used Ridgid TS3650 table saw. I found a Porter and Cable 690 Single speed router in my neighbourhood, used once.

I have been reading and watching YouTube and am now worrying that I should have purchased a Variable speed router. Should I have? I haven't drilled holes in my Kreg mounting plate just yet.

Is this just a case of Variable being 'nice to have, not necessary' ' or 'just get one'?

Thanks for your advice.

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Hello and welcome to router forum, Matt
If you only have one router variable speed would be the most ideal but you can do a lot of work with a Single speed
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I should have mentioned that I also have a Bosch Colt Variable Speed. My concept was to have a 1/2 Collet table mounted router for 'heavy lifting' and a hand held for finish work on a larger work piece or simple round-over work.

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Hey, N/A; welcome!

There are 3rd party speed controllers on the market; others may have input as to whether they'll work for you.
The main reason for being able to control motor speed is to limit the tip speed on larger bits. Different species of wood react better at slower speeds as well.
https://www.wwgoa.com/video/router-bit-speeds-000313/
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Well, depends on what you've got in part, and what you plan to do in part. Me, I've got 4 or 5 single speed routers, been using them for 20-30 years, and for what I use them for they do just what I need. So, for now at least, I have no plans to change.

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My apologies for the "N/A", Matt. I didn't remember seeing your name when I glanced back at the original post. *embarrassment*
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Single speed is fine. If you are going to make raised panel doors using a horizontal panel raising bit (3" diameter) you'll probably want a speed control to slow it down. Everything else should be fine. I have VS motors that rarely get adjusted down.
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You're okay to 1.5 inch diameter bits. Larger than that you need to start slowing them down. 3.5" raised panel bits should be run at about 12,000 rpm. Like Dan said you can get an after market speed control as long as you don't have soft start but chances are you don't because they usually come with speed control too.
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Matt...
listen to DaninVan...
just go 3rd party speed control..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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Hr. Matt...
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