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How does one determine the proper speed to route at on a variable speed router?

What factors should I take into consideration and how should I use them to determine speed (ie wood type, bit diameter, depth of cut, phase of the moon, roll of the dice... )?

Is there a chart that correlates router speed to bit diameter (or something like that)?

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Great chart!! Thanks!!

I guess there are no concerns with speed versus hard/soft wood....as long as it doesn't burn, huh???

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Great chart!! Thanks!!

I guess there are no concerns with speed versus hard/soft wood....as long as it doesn't burn, huh???

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Hi Tim - I don't recall seeing any charts referencing hard vs soft wood. However, with hard woods you may need to feed a bit slower and conseequently need to slow it down a bit, sort of a gut feel thing. There are several charts out there and all seem to be just a bit different but any of them give a good starting point and then I will adjust from there until it "sounds right". MLCS has one on there website that also has recommendations concerning the length of the bit also.

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Hi all,

I've had the same question too.

I see in the image above it says "Slower operation will often produce a cleaner cut with less burning and tear out while extending the life of the bit."

Other than the time it takes for a cut, is there any reason you couldn't leave the router on it's slowest speed?

In general, if the bit is slowed down should your feed rate slow down?

Thanks from another newbie!

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Great chart, thanks for the tip. This forum is great!
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