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I've just bought my second router, so now own both a Makita 3612C and a 3612. Most will already know this, however for those that don't : the main difference is that the 3612C has variable speed control.

My plan is to use one for the table, and one free-hand - but which one where? That's my question. I've also purchased a Router Raizer kit, and would like advice on which router to place it on : table or hand-held.

I'm guessing that the variable speed router will be best in the table, in case I need to use big bits - which I assume are most often used in table mounted situations? Same with the router raizer - surely it will be most useful in the table, as it will permit height adjustment from above?

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Matt,

You are correct the variable speed would be the correct router for table routing because large bits that must run at a lower rpm.
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Hi Matt - If you can get a remote variable speed control down there, I would put the fixed speed in the table with the remote speed control, otherwise, I would go with your plan. Personally, I would be inclined to try to swap off the fixed speed for a lighter router to use for hand held work, but that's just me.
Not familiar enough with the Router Raizer to make to educated a call on it. From what I've read, seems like the table would be the right place for it but don't know how it would work with your fold down arrangement. I think you are still dropping the table down, I don't recall a thread otherwise.

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Matt, The best solution is to mount the single speed in the table and connect it to an external speed controller. Here is why: speed controllers are the most likely part of the router to fail because of heat and vibration. Using an external controller mounted to the table reduces vibration and since it is considerably larger than an internal unit it dissipates heat better. The internal controller is a better choice for free hand routing where it will not be used as much; it is also a better choice for portability.

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I agree with Mike.

I did find a link for a variable speed switch (240v) in Australia I posted to an earlier thread.

I will see if I can locate it.

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I agree with Mike.

I did find a link for a variable speed switch (240v) in Australia I posted to an earlier thread.

I will see if I can locate it.
That would be good - although at this early stage of my study in routerology, I haven't used, nor do I own, any significantly large bits. I pretty much leave the router on setting 3 which equates to 15,000rpm. Maybe that's too fast? I guess it depends on stock hardness, feed speed etc. I have noticed the odd burn mark but generally, the bits cut very well, cleanly, with no burn.

My 3612C manual (which also covers the 3612) states that the 3612 runs at a non-load speed of 22,000rpm, which equates to dial position 4.5 - I've never run my 3612C that fast! Maybe I should have done so??

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Matt, for small bits I run my routers at full speed unless I am working with a difficult wood. The best comparison I can make is this: the more often your monitor refreshes the smoother the image. At full speed the bit is turning faster and taking smaller bites of the wood which results in a finer finish.

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I have noticed the odd burn mark but generally, the bits cut very well, cleanly, with no burn.

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Hi Matt - doesn't sound like you have a problem to fix here

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I always rout a piece of scrap of the wood I am about to rout to kinda check speed,feed rate etc. before doing my project work...I hope this helps

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