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Is it? I can get one with fixed speed considerably cheaper.
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Yes= After all it's a trim router, you don't want to cook your bits. or maybe you do

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Is it? I can get one with fixed speed considerably cheaper.
I own a variable speed Colt and wouldn't have it any other way. My rule is always buy variable speed, if offered. Also, on Amazon they're super cheap either way. $97 for variable speed vs $93 for fixed.

In particular when doing delicate flush trim routing, I find that the slower speeds are easier to control. Most of the time, I use the max speed, but I find that the max speed generates more heat and is more likely to burn or fly out of control when doing light roundover (1/8" radius) or light flush trimming.

I'd be interested to hear responses from other users.
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Does anyone ever run the thing at 35,000 anyway? My Trend T-4 has a max of 32K and I don't think I have every run it over half speed (~22,00).

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That's what I figured. There is a reason why they are cheaper. I think all my other routers top out at 24,000 rpm. I am not anxious to find out what hapens if you run the bits 50% faster.
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