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Notes from the Shopsmith Woodworking Academy
ROUTING: Professional-looking joinery & accents for all your projects
Portable, Hand-Held Routers
Selecting The Best Router For You
A: General-Purpose Routers…usually offer 1hp to 2hp motors that operate at 15,000 to 23,000 rpms and feature a 1/4” and/or 1/2” bit-holding collet. They usually weigh around 5 to 8 lbs and are offered with either dual, knob-style handles or a single “D”-shaped handle.
B: Trim Routers (or Laminate-Trimmers)…are small models, usually offering 1/2hp to 1hp motors that operate at 22,000 to 29,000 rpms and almost always feature a 1/4” bit-holding collet. They typically weigh 3 to 5 lbs and are small enough in diameter that they’re easily gripped around the body without the need for handles.
C: Plunge-Base Routers….are full-sized routers offering 2hp to 5hp motors operating at 10,000 to 22,000 rpms (often with variable speed) and feature a 1/4” and/or 1/2” bit-holding collet. They usually weigh around 5 to 8 lbs and are offered with a dual, knob-style handle set-up for better control.