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Let's talk router speed. Ok I am learning and starting to feel more confortable with my routers. What speed is recomended for various woods?

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Speeds should be set per the size of bit. Ie., if you're turning a 3" bit, you want a slow speed.

I'm sure others will chime in and give better explainations than I.

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You will get a cleaner cut running at a higher speed. Here is a speed chart to assist you in deciding the proper speed. Your router has a voice, if it doesn't sound right something is wrong.
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Hi George two

Read the link below, it will give you the suggested speeds..

http://www.routerworkshop.com/routerbits.html

But I must say I don't agree with all of them...

I run my router on the # 2 speed setting most of the time, I know speed kills and speed = heat...so to speak in a cutting tool.. .
To me it's like running a car eng.full out no need, it will get you from a to b without wiping the eng. out...and I also know the people that make the routers and the bits want you to keep on buying them and the only way to do that is for you to wipe them out with heat or speed...
Just need to think about just a bit 10,000 to 15,000 rpm's is FAST..for any cutting tool without any lub on it..and it will heat up quick..and once the bit gets to the Blue HOT point it's done cutting..and becomes a file in a way..the sharp edge is gone...
If you take a hard look at a router bit the cutting edge is a VERY small part of the bit..Very small part but it must be sharp in order to do a good job, no real way to keep the bit cool other than take some of the speed down to keep the heat down..doing so will make the bits last longer and the router too..


Hope this helps, and it just my 2 cents...


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Hamlin, Bob and Mike,

Thanks alot..Tomorrow it is sneak out of the house get to the shop lock the door and make wood chips...You guys are the greatest.

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