As routers have become more powerful, woodworkers have begun using them to perform tasks they could previously accomplish only using a shaper with larger bits. But the cutters of larger bits must turn at slower speeds since they move faster with respect to the wood. Thankfully many new routers include a speed control, but if you’re trusty old one doesn’t, you might want to consider picking up a router speed control — like Grizzly’s G3555.
Besides allowing you to use larger bits, slowing down the bit speed can also reduce burning in woods like cherry.
The Grizzly operates like most router speed controllers on the market: a large knob controls the speed setting, and a three-position switch selects full speed, variable-speed, or off. A built in fuse protects against overloads (when you’re doing something you shouldn’t be), and the Grizzly includes a belt clip in case you’re in a mobile environment. (But with only a six foot cord, you’ll need an extension.)
You needn’t limit your router speed controller use to routers, either. It’ll faithfully add speed control to many tools such as rotary tools, jigsaws, corded drills, and other tools that don’t have variable speed functionality. Tools featuring soft start are an exception, however. They might not work well — if at all — with a speed control.
And at $32, this might be a lot cheaper than buying a whole new router — if you’re happy with your current model.
Grizzly G3555 20A Speed Control [Manufacturer]
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