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Routing - Getting Started  

Routing - Getting Started

How to Guides  

How to Guides

Router & Cutter Maintenance  

Router & Cutter Maintenance

Routing Accessories  

Routing Accessories

Tradesman Routing Applications  

Tradesman Routing Applications

Routing Cutter Applications  

Routing Cutter Applications

Routing Jigs & Templates  

Routing Jigs & Templates

Table Routing  

Table Routing

Frequently Asked Questions  

Frequently Asked Questions

Drilling & Trend Snappy  

Drilling & Trend Snappy

Sharpening with Diamond Stones  

Sharpening with Diamond Stones

Sawing  

Sawing

Spindle Tooling  

Spindle Tooling

Timbers & Material Glossary  

Timbers & Material Glossary

 

Routing - Getting Started

 
 
Routing Introduction
Routing Introduction
All you need to know when getting started with routing.
 
Router Cutter Ranges
Router Cutter Ranges
Explains the differences between our router cutter ranges shown.
 
Find the perfect Router for your project
Find the perfect Router for your project
Our guide to help you choose the perfect router and make the best router choice.
 
Cutter Type Selection
Cutter Type Selection
Choosing different types of cutters for different applications.
 
How to setup your Router ready for use.
How to setup your Router ready for use.
How to correctly fit cutters, make cuts and setting the correct speed.
 
Routing Basics Explained
Routing Basics Explained
A helpful guide to the basics of using a router.
 
Cutter Style Selection
Cutter Style Selection
A guide to selecting correct cutters for a wide range of routing applications.
 
Basic Cutter and Collet Maintenance
Basic Cutter and Collet Maintenance
It is essential to regularly maintain your cutters and collets in order to...
 
Health and Safety considerations when Routing
Health and Safety considerations when Routing
Following basic safety instructions will ensure yours & others health & safety.
 
Routing Hints and Tips
Routing Hints and Tips
A selection of useful tips and suggestions when routing.

Find the perfect Router for your project

Introduction to Routing Introduction to Routing Routers are rated on their input wattage, which ranges from 400 watts for a basic DIY router to around 3000 watts for a heavy-duty industrial...

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Top Vent & Ventilation Intake Slots Top Vent & Ventilation Intake Slots Air is pulled into the ventilation intake slots to cool the motor and bearings. These slots (or grilles) should be kept clear while the router is...

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Armature, Field Coil, Bearings & Carbons Armature, Field Coil, Bearings & Carbons The armature is the rotating coil of the electric motor, which is wound on the motor spindle. The spindle is machined to take the collet and...

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Plunge Columns,  Plunge Lock & Handles Plunge Columns, Plunge Lock & Handles The plunge columns allow the router to plunge accurately down to enter the cutter into the work at 90 degrees. Return springs lift the motor...

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Depth Stop, Scale & Fine Height Adjuster Depth Stop, Scale & Fine Height Adjuster The depth stop is operated either manually or by a ratchet/knob, this allows the plunge depth to be pre-set to the required depth of cut. A...

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Switch & Variable Speed Control Switch & Variable Speed Control The switch is usually found near (or incorporated into) one of the handles. Some models for example the Trend T5EK/MK2 have what is called a safety...

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Collet, Collet Nut & Spindle Lock Collet, Collet Nut & Spindle Lock The collet is designed to centre the cutter in line with the axis of the motor spindle. If the cutter is out of line, it will cut erratically and...

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Side Fence & Fence Rods Side Fence & Fence Rods All Trend routers are supplied with a side-fence, which is used to guide the router parallel to the edge of the work. Some less expensive routers...

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Threaded Mounting Points Threaded Mounting Points A number of routers have the facility to bolt on sub-bases, however these may need to be specially drilled. These fixing points can also be used...

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Router Base and Slider Router Base and Slider The underside of the base plate of most routers is faced with a plastic material to allow the router to glide easily on the work without marking...

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Guide Bush Mounting Points Guide Bush Mounting Points Template guide bushes can be fitted to most routers and are used to guide the cutter when using a template or jig. The Trend T10 and T11 routers...

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Dust Extraction Spout Dust Extraction Spout Most routers are supplied with a removable dust spout, which helps deflect the dust and chips away from the operator and to extract them via a...

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Spare Parts and Repairs Spare Parts and Repairs Another consideration when choosing a router is what is the warranty period, and the after-sales support available. Trend professional tools have a...

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Choosing your Router Choosing your Router When looking to buy a router, you will notice huge differences in the type and positioning of switches, plunge locks, depth gauges etc, all...

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