So I just got that nifty Freud router for $100 from Woodcraft. Pleased
am I, but am looking for suggestions on settings for the variable speed.
My PC runs at about 25K, so my instinct is to run the Freud full bore
for my typical uses with small diameter bits. I'm guessing, however,
that there are uses for the lower speed settings when one is using a
wider diameter bit. Correct?
Basically just keep cutting tip speed about constant which implies rpm
inversely proportional to cutting diameter.
May on occasion find it pays to slow it down on softer woods to minimize
burning if can't keep up high-enough feed rate (following complex shape,
I got a speed chart at a woodworking show from a company called Woodline.
The table below has the width of the bit in the first column and max RPM in
the second column. By width is meant a measurement from the tip of one
cutting edge to the other:
up to 3/4" 22,000 RPM
up to 1" 18,000
over 3" 10,000 RPM or less
According to the on-line user manual for the 1617EVS at:
The speed control should be marked 1-6 with:
1 = 8,000 RPM
2 = 13,500 RPM
3 = 16,500 RPM
4 = 20,000 RPM
5 = 21,500 RPM
6 = 25,000 RPM
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