Top 5 Tips for Running a Router

  1. Training, training, training. The potential of a machine is severely limited if you don’t utilize its capabilities, including understanding how to create files and output them to the machine. 
  2. Always use a sharp tool.
  3. Use different tools for different applications. Tools are made specifically for materials based on how hard the material is to cut. There are also different tool shapes for varied applications.
  4. Try changing the spindle rpm and the XY feed rates to balance a quality cut with completing a job quickly.
  5. Allow the tool to dwell (or pause) after it plunges down into the material. This gives the tool a chance to clear the chips before continuing its cut. Even half a second is enough to help the tool last longer and perform better. 

—Chuck Donaldson, Antares Inc.