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I'm considering buying a fixed base variable speed router. Can anyone tell me of the uses or needs that one would use the lower speed settings. I've been using my routers for sign making and would like to add the 2.25 fixed based, Hitachi,$89.00 at Lowes to my collection. I'd be interested in any feed back. So, I'll thank everyone in advance for any info.

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You can adjust the speed to fit the work.

Larger bit-slower speed, wood burns at one speed slow it down to no burn, non ferrous/plastic routing, less heat at the bit and so on.

The Bosch Colt VS, for instance, can spin up to 35,000, most routing doesn't require that speed.

Fixed speed leaves no option, you adapt your work "style" to the router.

Don't know how variable speed will affect your sign making, let us know how it goes.
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Always nice to have VS for suspicious cutters, cutters that have been reground and for experimental use. You never know when one may be unbalanced. Very slow speed let's you find that out without the cutter flying out of the collet.
Moreover, and perhaps just as important, all VS tools have a disarming soft start.
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I'm considering buying a fixed base variable speed router. Can anyone tell me of the uses or needs that one would use the lower speed settings. I've been using my routers for sign making and would like to add the 2.25 fixed based, Hitachi,$89.00 at Lowes to my collection. I'd be interested in any feed back. So, I'll thank everyone in advance for any info.

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Hitachi M12VC... my first real router kit ( I don't count the old Craftsman). Anyway, I don't make many signs so I usually have to do them free hand and that little Hitachi is real nice and has pretty good visibility. You will want the variable speed so you can slow the bit down to prevent burning when you need to slow the feed rate down on the signs. If you're using templates you may not need to slow up very much but freehand I need to go very slowly in places.

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