The primary function of a ROUTER is to cut ornamental shapes, make grooves and trim laminates. Router is a speedy and a powerful tool that utilizes bits to perform a wide variety of cutting and shaping jobs. There are two kinds of routers available – the Standard Router and the Plunge Router. They’re extremely flexible, critical and useful tools to give you that perfect cut.
The Standard Router is the easiest to use when mounted on a router table and works fine for edging work. The Plunge Router is particularly suitable for mortise and dado cuts
Routers run at speeds ranging from eight hundred r.p.m to 30,000 revs per minute and also vary in sizes. Most routers available in the market have five or six speeds to choose from.
Some other features that can be looked for are, conveniently placed on/off switch, clear plastic chip guard, and a built-in work light. Maintenance of the router is an easy task.
Some basic Dos for the maintenance – Make sure that the hole for fitting the router stays clear of any chips which will obstruct the vacuum from doing its job.
Keep the air vents clear to stop the motor from overheating.
Keep the saw dust out of the machine as it can catch fire from the motor brushes.
Keep an eye on the motor brushes especially if the machine is utilized a lot.
Routers and bits can be bought from any tool store or hardware type store that markets tools.