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I have a craftsman router single speed and with no load 25000 rpm.
I bought a bit today that says to run it at 18000 rpm.
My bit and router are in my shop and I believe that is the correct numbers.
I am new to this and the question is there a problem with me using this bit?
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Do not run that bit that fast. What kind of bit is it? If it is panel raising bit, use a vertical one instead. If your router has no soft start you can use an add on speed control for routers. HF has one for about $20. I have never used one so I can't comment on how well they work.
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Hi

They work very well and it's a must have item if you have a router that only runs at one speed..the bigger bits must slow down...

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Do not run that bit that fast. What kind of bit is it? If it is panel raising bit, use a vertical one instead. If your router has no soft start you can use an add on speed control for routers. HF has one for about $20. I have never used one so I can't comment on how well they work.



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I'll updte tommorrow as to the details on the bit.
You say I can get a soft start or router speed control at HF but I don't know what HF is!
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I'll updte tommorrow as to the details on the bit.
You say I can get a soft start or router speed control at HF but I don't know what HF is!
HF stands for Harbor Freight. Its a cheap tool dealer if you aren't familiar with them.
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I'll updte tommorrow as to the details on the bit.
You say I can get a soft start or router speed control at HF but I don't know what HF is!
Note that the comment was that if you don't have a "soft-start" router, get the speed control. The speed controls won't work with a soft-start router.

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I am new at this and I don't know what soft start means.
I have more info on my router and the bit I bought.
The router is sears and it is mounted to a sears thble saw with an optional router attachment. The router is single speed 25000rpm no load.
The bit is a Diablo classical cove and bead bit 1/2 inch shank. It says a 2 1/2 in 16000 rpm.
I don't see anthing about the router being soft or hard start in the book.
What to do??
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Hi Steve

Soft start, it's made for the router, when you are using it in hand mode the norm, when you power up the router it will not jerk it out of your hands, you can say it's like slipping the clutch on a car/truck..

I'm almost sure you don't have a soft start router because it's set to run at 25.000 rpm's all the time you can use the bit but it's a bit hairy, but the bit will take it on, 2 1/2" is not that big..almost ..


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I am new at this and I don't know what soft start means.
I have more info on my router and the bit I bought.
The router is sears and it is mounted to a sears thble saw with an optional router attachment. The router is single speed 25000rpm no load.
The bit is a Diablo classical cove and bead bit 1/2 inch shank. It says a 2 1/2 in 16000 rpm.
I don't see anthing about the router being soft or hard start in the book.
What to do??



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Thank you for the very helpful info Bob J.
I did use the bit yesterday when I bought it. Cut great but after reading I was afraid to to turn on again. I thought it might explode or somthing.
Do you still think I should buy the speed control?
Also thanks to the response from everyone.
This is a great site for people starting out like me.
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Hi Steve

" speed control " YES it's worth it's weight in gold, it's that good >>>
It takes the edge off from using the router..if someone tells you they are not on edge when running a router at full speed they are full of it..

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Thank you for the very helpful info Bob J.
I did use the bit yesterday when I bought it. Cut great but after reading I was afraid to to turn on again. I thought it might explode or somthing.
Do you still think I should buy the speed control?
Also thanks to the response from everyone.
This is a great site for people starting out like me.



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