Typically those bits are about 1.25" in diameter and you will want to slow
the speed a notch. Spinning a 3" raised panel bit will require 10,000 rpm
and more router than the 1617 evs if you want it to last.
It's not a question of power, it's a question of RPMs.
Check the R&S bits form the max RPMs allowable.
My guess is well below 25,000, probably closer to 10,000 Max.
What is the min RPM setting for the 1617?
On Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:25:50 -0800, "Lew Hodgett"
Per my owners manual, the variable speed model, 1617EVS, Dial
Settings/No Load Speeds are:
It is, if you do multiple passes and if you have the variable speed
version of that router. I've probably done 125 doors with just that
setup, in various oaks, maple, poplar, birch, walnut, and MDF. Just
last week, I built a frame and panel doll crib using a Freud cope and
stick door bit.
If the router isn't variable speed, you may have a problem. Large
bits need to be slowed down, they can get hairy in a hurry @ 25,000
RPM. The larger the bit, the faster the carbide out at the tips is
traveling through space.
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