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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-16-2009, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I am a newbie looking for anyone who has any information on Freidrich Zimmermann pin routers. I have aquired one by trade for some work completed. It looks very solid, high quality German made. The markings indicate Type: ZF 0 year made 1968.

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Micah, Both overarm and pin routers are most often for commercial use. There are a couple companies that make small home owner style models. It is doubtful you will find much info on your router. What did you want to know about it?

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Well looking for whatever I can... history of the machine, how to use it. I get the basic idea... use pin in the table to follow a template to make many of the same item etc.. It has many attachments, circular table, angled table, means to offset the pin in the table relative to the router. The router can tilt etc... Seems like if you really knew the tool you could do quite a bit of cool stuff. I got it in trade and also have no real good idea what it is worth.

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Micah, lets start off with something easy... where are you located? Does the machine have wiring compatable with your home / shop? Do you have bits or other cutters for it? One of the only things I can tell you for sure is the direction of feed with this machine... there isn't one. Pieces can be moved in any direction but one basic rule still applies: Hold up your right hand, palm away from you. Extend your index finger and your thumb sideways. The direction you are pointing is your travel direction, and the best cut will be on the left, the way your thumb is pointed. This comes into play if you are cutting out a shape so you know which side will have the good finish. Counter clock wise and the good finished edge will be on the inside of the cut out. Clock wise and the good edge will be on the outside portion.

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Micah, This link will take you to a video about overarm pin routing. It is on a ShopSmith, but it's still a pin router. Maybe it will give you some ideas on the usage of your machine.

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