If discover this way to be a bit clumsier than laying the wood router down on the bench: There is much less leverage in case of a stuck bit.
Seventh, router bits come in 3 shank sizes, one-quarter inch, 3-eighths inch and 1-half inch. The half-inch shank bits are only slightly much more expensive than the quarter-inch ones and however, they give you a distinct benefit. With a larger diameter shank and a bigger diameter collet, there is a lot less chance of slippage under heavy loads. Think about buying only half-inch shank bits, especially if you are spinning large cutters.
Eighth, some routers provide "above router table" height adjustment capability. This is usually accomplished by sticking a hex T-wrench into a hole provided. It's hard to adjust the height of a wood router accurately from underneath a router table while on your knees, fighting gravity. An even much more elegant answer is to buy a router lift for your router table.
Ninth, there are 3 types of wood router bases: standard, spiral and plunge. In a standard fixed base, the router motor just slides straight up and down in the base and is clamped into position. The spiral-type base has an adjustment ring that turns in a spiral groove reduce into the outdoors of the router motor casing, therefore raising or lowering the router motor relative to the base. A plunge router base clamps onto the router motor and then pushes the wood router and router bit down unto the function piece from above. Some routers are offered in kits containing two or much more kinds of bases so that you only require to buy one router motor for a variety of uses.
Tenth, some of these woodworking tools gauge and control their fine depth-of-cut with a spiral ring whilst other people utilize a geared shaft attached to a calibration knob. All routers have a means of creating gross height adjustments by releasing the lever or cam that locks the router motor into the base. As soon as adjusted to a position close to the final position, the fine depth-of-cut adjustments can be produced in increments as little as 1/64 of an inch and, in the case of one router reviewed here, 1/128 of an inch.
Eleventh, consider that motor amperage is usually a much better indicator of motor power in woodworking tools than stated horsepower. All 2 1/4 HP routers claim to develop two and one-quarter HP but their amperage (electrical power used) varies from 11 to 13 amps.
Twelfth, and lastly, there are some less essential (to me) but good features available on some, but not all, of these woodworking tools such as: the availability of a 3/8" collet, an automatic motor energy lock-off throughout bit-altering, a carrying case, a clear plastic sub-base for much better viewing, a detachable cord set, a dust proof switch, a switch that can be situated left or correct for the comfort and convenience of the operator, oval, rubber-molded handles, self-releasing collets and a way to fine adjust the sub-base so that it is precisely centered around the bit shaft.