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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-13-2011, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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hello, am a beginner. Just wondering: Are the table mounted routing machine same as the machine use as portable router? Our Biggest store who are selling router machine will not advice using the router installed up-side down as table mounted since they say, it is not design for table mounting. any comments or ideas?
Their reason is that, router should be use hand held meaning routing towards the wood, not the wood or board feeding to the machine. Can anyone clarify?
Or is table mounted router different from the portable router i know?
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The clerk at your local store is simply uninformed. Any router can be mounted in some kind of table - even Dremel tools. The router bits don't get dizzy by being upside down. In many cases, however, it is the larger routers (2 to 3+ HP) that are used in tables to enable the use of larger bits for profiling and joinery cuts. Those larger routers might be uncomfortable for many to use hand-held because of their weight.

The added utility of table-mounted routing is that one has a large fixed surface (the table) and a large, stable guide surface (the fence) against which the work piece can be guided (usually with push blocks and such, to keep fingers well away from the bits). The combination allows work on stock that has a relatively small cross-section, and in a safe manner. In contrast, hand-held routing is usually done on larger pieces where the work piece itself is the stable surface.

Both techniques are useful, and safe, if done properly.

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Hi Joseph, Welcome.
I would also like to add that router bits without a bearing need some kind of guidance that could be a quick fence clamped to your work, template guide (for straight bits ), or used in a table with a fence. Some bits such as the larger bits should only be used in a table & would be unsafe to use in a hand held router.

You can use all bits in a router table but you cannot or should not use some bits with a hand held router. Maybe the store you got the advise from just does not have router tables they can sell you. You can always make your own from a very quick & simple table to a feature rich table with all the bells & whistles.

Whittier, CA.

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