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Hello I am new here and in need of some help.... I am trying to choose a router....
I need one that will hold a larger shaft cutter... Like 1/2 or 3/4.... I also would like a higher speed like around 20k to 25k rpm... If you could please shoot me in the right direction
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Hello I am new here and in need of some help.... I am trying to choose a router....
I need one that will hold a larger shaft cutter... Like 1/2 or 3/4.... I also would like a higher speed like around 20k to 25k rpm... If you could please shoot me in the right direction
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I think most any 1-3/4 HP brand names will meet your requirements. I think all run at least 23K, pretty sure Porter Cable 690 runs to 25K. You may be hard pressed to find a 3/4 shank in a handheld router though. That's more an industrial size, cnc and the like. What you are planning to do with it will have a lot to do with what gets recommended. If table mounted weight will be relatively unimportant but power would be, If doing inlay work, weight and visibility becomes important and power not so much. Incidentally, by larger cutter, are you referring to cutting diameter or shank size?. If the cutter diameter gets over an inch you need to drop the speed anyway, to about 18K or less depending on the diameter.

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Thanks John

I am actually designing a custom duplicating carver to be able to produce custom gun stocks and other projects...

This is my last thing to get for the project... The design is done just having trouble finding a Router that I am going to be happy with... I will have to use normal Cutting bits rather than 2d routing bits so I am trying to find something that will hold just a little bigger shaft than normal...
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Thanks John

I am actually designing a custom duplicating carver to be able to produce custom gun stocks and other projects...

This is my last thing to get for the project... The design is done just having trouble finding a Router that I am going to be happy with... I will have to use normal Cutting bits rather than 2d routing bits so I am trying to find something that will hold just a little bigger shaft than normal...
Hi - well, sounds like weight isn't an issue but sounds like you will be working with hardwoods and fairly large bits. Probably the best choice in this situation is the Porter Cable 7518. Reputation is it's pretty much a workhorse. I haven't got one but several members do and maybe they can weigh in for you.

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I agree - the PC 7518 (five speed, 1/2" collet) is a good choice for a 3 1/4hp router. You can also buy just the motor, without a base, if you want.

Delta Machinery|Porter Cable Product Details for 3-1/4 HP (Maximum Motor HP) Five-Speed Router - Model # 7518

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There are 10, 20 & 30 KRPM industrial router motors x 2-10 HP+.
In my view, your application is too demanding for 110 vac consumer machines, including PC 7518. All day long, overhead apps? Would do the search for the industrial motor, expect to pay .5-2K$/unit but they will take the day long beatings of big bites and 5/8, 3/4 or even 1" shanked tools.
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