Routers Quick Start Guide

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ROUTER SIZES

How do you know which Router is the right one for your job?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is: what do I want to do with my router?







PALM ROUTERS

• Typically 1 HP or less

• Compact Size With Impressive Performance  

• Ideal For Trimming, Hinge Mortising, Edge Forming, Slot Cutting, Small-Scale Dovetailing, Window Cutouts And Decorative Inlays

• Utilizes 1⁄4" Shank Bits

• Not Suitable For Larger Routing Operations



MID-SIZE ROUTERS

• Ranging From 13⁄4 HP To 21⁄4 HP

• Most Popular Router Size

• Can Handle Everything Palm Routers Can Do Plus Large-Scale Dovetailing, Panel Cutting, Template Design Work And Circle Cutting

• Utilizes 1⁄4" And  1⁄2" Shank Bits

• Often Available With Multiple Bases

• Majority Of Aftermarket Accessories Are Geared Toward This Class Of Router






FULL-SIZE ROUTERS

• Workhorses Of The Router Family

• Ranging From 3 HP To 31⁄4 HP

• Designed For Production Use

• Used Dedicated To A Router Table Or CNC Operations

• Massive Size, Somewhat Cumbersome To Use In Everyday Handheld Operations



ROUTER BASES












FIXED BASE

• Standard Base

• Comes With Fixed Knobs Or Handles On Opposite Sides Of The Base For Holding And Guiding

• Limited To Edge Routing Applications

• Ideal For Operations That Utilize Guide Bushings, Like Dovetail And Box Joint Jigs

• Incorporates A Quick Setting Ring-Style Depth Adjustment




PLUNGE BASE

• Versatile, Can Be Used For Everything That A Fixed Base Can Plus Operations That Require The Bit To Be Plunged Into The Wood Away From An Edge

• Ideal For Blind Grooves, Fluting, Dado Cuts And Mortising Operations 

• The Motor Moves Up And Down On Machine Spring Loaded Columns

• Offers Multiple Depth Stop Settings With Micro-Adjustments That Can Be Fine-Tuned 






D-HANDLE BASE

• Comes With A Knob And A D-Shaped Handle

• Provides Pistol-Grip Control

• Locking On/Off Trigger Power Switch

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