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I'm just a week-end worker when weather permits. Have tools set up in garage under the house, and my problem was that the inherent whine of the router was too much, I know it drove my neaighbors nuts (I live in a rowhouse). What I did was wire a dimmer switch, for controlling lights, into an outlet where I have the router plugged in. I am able to slow the router down and still get the job done. The outlet and dimmer are both on my table so I can adjust as needs be.
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Hi Jim

Don't use a light dimmer to run your routers it will cook them or the light dimmer device for sure...it's just a small pot inside the box..

Pickup a real router control device you don't want to burn down your house and shop by using the wrong type of device..

Do this for a QUICK test, run the router for about one min.then touch the dimmer device it will be hot the norm ..

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43060

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I'm just a week-end worker when weather permits. Have tools set up in garage under the house, and my problem was that the inherent whine of the router was too much, I know it drove my neaighbors nuts (I live in a rowhouse). What I did was wire a dimmer switch, for controlling lights, into an outlet where I have the router plugged in. I am able to slow the router down and still get the job done. The outlet and dimmer are both on my table so I can adjust as needs be.



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Hi Jim

I agree with Bob.
Light Dimmer is NOT suitable for controlling the speed of the router.

Sell your current router and get one with "electronic speed control".

Or buy a "speed controller" for Universal motors (15 or 20A type required depending on your router).


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Greetings Jim and welcome. I must agree with BJ, most household dimmers are 15amp to start with, many routers will pull down 13 amps too close to the limit. In my new shop every circuit except the lights are 20amp. I do believe there may be dimmers that would handle the load but they are not your every day house hold type dimmer they are your high watt special dimmer.

You can pick up a variable speed controller for fixed RPM router from HF and several other suppliers check some of these links to see who has one and the price.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/
http://www.oak-park.com/usa12.html
http://www.rockler.com/
http://www.routertabledepot.com/index.html

There are many other places you can check out.

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Whilst I agree with you Bj that light dimmers are not suitable for motors, there are one's that are. I do not agree however when you said they only contain a pot (potentiometer, [variable resistor]), far from it, the pot controls the switching time of a thyristor (an electronic switch).

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HI Harry

Are you going to make me take a hammer to one I have in the shop to show you what's inside of it

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Whilst I agree with you Bj that light dimmers are not suitable for motors, there are one's that are. I do not agree however when you said they only contain a pot (potentiometer, [variable resistor]), far from it, the pot controls the switching time of a thyristor (an electronic switch).



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hi Jim,

i have one of the harbor freight speed controls that bobj gave you the link on. it works great. it is probably the most economical one. one of the side effects of having the speed control is that it stops the jerk on startup, which is a nice benefit.

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I just purchased the Router Speed Control that bobj3 was speaking of - and as levon stated it works. I use large router bit very seldom - but the speed control really come in handy when you do need to control the speed of the router. And at $15 dollars - it is very affordable.

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