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I know there has been post about this in the past. Its been years ago. I just purchased a new Milwaukee 5625 and have been looking every where for a way to control the router speed and power remotely. Is there anyone else out there with the same need? Advanced thanks for any help.
 

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As this router is soft start and variable speed, I cannot help. Other may have a suggestion.
 

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Power is not a problem but why would you want to control the speed? Can you go into detail on what you are doing? The speed is set when the work is set up. If someone is there to start the process, then they can set the speed. If they are not there to set it up how does the wood get placed?
 

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A foot switch for off and on is easy. Looked for a switch that would vary the voltage, like the old sewing machine foot swith which boost speed depending on how far you press it. But I think those don't work for soft start. So you might need to set speed on the router, then on off with a switch. On some older routers, you varied speed by lowering voltage. I wonder if there's a way to bypass the soft start and control speed with a rheosat?

You could try it and see what happens, but it could cause damage in the process.
 

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You could try it and see what happens, but it could cause damage in the process.

...and void your warranty......
 

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You could try it and see what happens, but it could cause damage in the process.

...and void your warranty......
I use a foot switch quite often with a couple of my hand held routers and it has worked just fine without any problems. However the foot switch is only a on-off switch and not variable control also. I've been fortunate during my 60 years of woodworking to have never had a power tool go bad during the warranty period...they usually wait until after the expiration.
 

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A foot switch for off and on is easy. Looked for a switch that would vary the voltage, like the old sewing machine foot swith which boost speed depending on how far you press it. But I think those don't work for soft start. So you might need to set speed on the router, then on off with a switch. On some older routers, you varied speed by lowering voltage. I wonder if there's a way to bypass the soft start and control speed with a rheosat?

You could try it and see what happens, but it could cause damage in the process.
I have an older Porter Cable 3 1/4 hp router that had a soft start module that burned out. No replacement.part available. Upon others' suggestions, I cut out the module, capped off the blue wire, and tied the two black wires together. Works perfectly, just no soft start. A bit more start up kick, but with a separate speed control, would be no issue.
 

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I wanted remote variable speed for my table mounted Triton. It has a speed transducer as part of the variable speed module that monitors the armature. Very reliable design that load compensates. Not possible to remote mount. I have to open the access door to set the speed, but usually have to rough adjust the bit height anyway. I have one of those rheostats for adjusting voltage, but when you load the tool, it doesn't supply enough current and the motor boggs down. The best thing I've found is to live with it like it is.
 

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In reality how often do you adjust speed? I typically use bits that are about the same size and since I can't tell for sure what RPM the router is running at its difficult to say what the right setting is. I listen to the bit and if it sounds wrong, I adjust it. There might be some routers out there that accurately measure speed, I'm not sure, but I don't have one and never felt I needed one.
 

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In reality how often do you adjust speed? I typically use bits that are about the same size and since I can't tell for sure what RPM the router is running at its difficult to say what the right setting is. I listen to the bit and if it sounds wrong, I adjust it. There might be some routers out there that accurately measure speed, I'm not sure, but I don't have one and never felt I needed one.
I invested in a digital laser tachometer. If you have several machines that need accurate spindle speed reading, such as a lathe, milling machine or drill press, they're worth it, and setting router speed is a nice fringe. For those 3-1/2" panel raising bits, I usually turn it down all the way and don't worry.
 

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My dinosaur digital strobe light is an excellent tool for quantification of rotational speed.

As would be expected the motion for a 1,000 rpm shaft is stopped when flashing at 1,000 and at 2,000, so always approach from low to determine correct speed.
 
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