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Is anyone aware of router speed controls that comes with a bracket for mounting it to (or better yet into) a router table? The ones I've seen appear designed to rest on the table, for handheld routing. It seems like it'd be a real disadvantage to be limited.

The router would be single speed and not a soft-start model.

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I have been trying to accomplish the same thing for months with little luck. I guess the next course of action is to take it apart and drive screws through the metal back. There should be an easier way. I look forward to other suggestions.
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Two ideas:

1) buy one like the MLCS 9410 and mount it via a magnet. It's just a circuit board inside, so it shouldn't hurt it.

2) bend some metal and make a cradle

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Come on Jim, since when has mounting anything been a problem for YOU? This sounds more like a rhetorical question coming from you.

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Hi Jim

The Speed control below comes with a bracket ( holes) just for that job.
It's has two slot holes on the back side of the control box , like many of the outlet bars have..just slip it on the screw heads and push and snap it in place.

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Is anyone aware of router speed controls that comes with a bracket for mounting it to (or better yet into) a router table? The ones I've seen appear designed to rest on the table, for handheld routing. It seems like it'd be a real disadvantage to be limited.

The router would be single speed and not a soft-start model.


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Jim...

just gut one out....contain the exposed side so sparkage isn't an issue...I dont' know that it would be,,, but better safe than sorry
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Jim:

Just looking at the picture of the MLCS heavy duty speed controller, I suspect it would be easy to mount on a surface.

Possible mounting techniques:
1. Does the controller come with mounting hardware?
2. Does the controller have key-hole mounting holes on the back of the aluminum case?
3. One could use a pair of wide Z-clips (one on top edge and one on bottom edge.)
4. Remove aluminum case back, mount it with screws, and then re-install the electronics.

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Hi Cassandra

1.= No
2.= Yes
3.=no need
4.= rivets to keep the end user out of the box and playing with the electronics.

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Jim:

Just looking at the picture of the MLCS heavy duty speed controller, I suspect it would be easy to mount on a surface.

Possible mounting techniques:
1. Does the controller come with mounting hardware?
2. Does the controller have key-hole mounting holes on the back of the aluminum case?
3. One could use a pair of wide Z-clips (one on top edge and one on bottom edge.)
4. Remove aluminum case back, mount it with screws, and then re-install the electronics.

Just some suggestions,
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These are some *great* ideas... and thanks for the insight, BJ.. I notice you mention mounting on the back. The basis for my question is... speed controls are notorious for generating heat... which kills electronics unless dissipated... so one designed for "perimeter mounting" would need to be designed to dissipate its heat through the front and back while those with apparent heat sinks seem to have them around the perimeter, where air would not flow if panel-mounted.

It sounds like the best alternatives so far would be either to follow BJ's suggestion and/or start buying and disassembling the SC's to ensure their heat sinks are able to do their job. If one had its heat sink inside the box, removing the box and replacing it with my own vented box (since it'll be out of reach for fingers) might be an option too.

BJ.. Is it the heavy-duty one that has the slot holes, that you are aware of?

I guess I could also likely remove the speed control pot from the case and mount it through the face, with the rest of the electronics still in the box and inside the cabinet. Any flaw in my logic, assuming the pot isn't soldered into a printed circuit board?

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1.= No
2.= Yes
3.=no need
4.= rivets to keep the end user out of the box and playing with the electronics.

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lol, BJ... Reee-veets? Reee-veets? We don't need no steeenking reee-veets. Isn't that what drills are made for? <g>

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