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Router and Router Bit Speed Chart

How Fast Should a Router Be Running?

If you've got a router with variable speed, then you've got the power to improve the quality of your cut. In general, the larger the bit, the slower the speed you need. The perfect solution for dealing with varying bit sizes is a variable speed router.

Here are general guidelines for most bits:

Hand Held Router Use
Bit size Bit size rpm
Small – 12.7 mm 1/16" to 1/2" 22,000+
12,7 mm – 28,6 mm 1/2 to 1 1/8" 14,000 - 18,000
28.6 mm – 50,8 mm 1 1/8" to 2" 12,000 - 14,000

 

Router Table Use
Bit size Bit size rpm
50,8 mm – 63,5 mm 2" to 2 1/2" 12,000 - 14,000
63,5 mm - large 2 1/2" and up 8,000 - 12,000