- Remember that a router is a power tool and should be treated with respect so read the user manual, stay alert and don’t work if you are tired.
- Take all the necessary personal protection precautions.
- Always unplug the router when changing cutters or accessories and make sure it is switched off before plugging back in.
- Only use good quality bits that are kept sharp and clean and properly fitted into the collet.
- Make sure the work is securely clamped in place before you approach it with the router.
- Never try to rout small pieces unless they are clamped or held in a suitable jig.
- Always make deep cuts in a series of shallower passes.
- As you prepare the timber cut some spare stock for making test cuts to check cutter settings.
- Remember that some electric tools spark, so don’t use them near flammable solvents.
10.Don’t use the router in wet conditions.
11.Don’t contact the wood until the router has reached full speed and always feed in the correct direction.
12.Tighten up all locking knobs before you start and make sure that their anti-vibration springs are in place.
13.Leave bits to cool down before removing them from the collet. Check the collet regularly for dirt and wear.
14.Don’t overload low powered routers with heavy cuts or with large diameter bits and match the rotation speed accordingly if the router has variable speed.
15.Where possible, use an extractor to minimise swarf build up that can affect the cut.
16.Cutters are sharp and may require handling with gloves if they become stuck in the collet or when removing them from the manufacturer’s protective wax covering.
17.Use only quality cutters and ideally those conforming to Holz BG or the new EN standard. This guarantees that they have been thoroughly tested and have appropriate chip limiting features.
18.Always select the shortest possible length of cutter that will do the job and if there is a choice pick the largest shank diameter. Make sure the collet capacity matches the bit diameter perfectly.
19.If you are not retracting the cutter after a cut, wait until it stops before you put it down and ideally place the router on a block to protect both you and the cutter.
20.When the router is not in use put it away on a shelf or preferably in a cupboard to prevent shavings and dust falling into the top motor grille.