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Router - power ratings query


Jim36

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Hello all,

I'm new to routing so apologies if this is a dumb question.

I've done some research about routers online and can't seem to find anything that explains how you tell if one is more powerful than another.

I know on the American sites they use Horspower, but how do we compare in the UK?

Any help would be appreciated.

Cheers, J

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I was on tool stop uk, and it hit me, the higher the rpm, the more power the router will have, also look at the power input and output, Here is a popular DeWalt, this is 240v http://www.toolstop.co.uk/dewalt-d26200-1-4in-fixed-base-compact-router-240v-p14565

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Ah! The input and output wattage - that sounds right!
I took a look at that link, i'm guessing the greater the power output compared to input would indicate a more efficient tool.
I wonder why other models don't put this information on their product specs??!

Thanks for your help!
J

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Ah! The input and output wattage - that sounds right!

I took a look at that link, i'm guessing the greater the power output compared to input would indicate a more efficient tool.

I wonder why other models don't put this information on their product specs??!

Thanks for your help!

J

No Problem! We hope to see you around again sometime!

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Without knowing the amps or HP rating, RPM should give some indication. If you're going to fool mostly with pine or other soft woods you can get by with about anything. If you plan on working with Oak, Hickory, Maple, etc. get a beefier model.

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