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I just got a hitachi variable speed router,I never used a variable speed router so here's my question,when would I want to slow it down ?
 

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VS is really important for spinning large diameter bits like 3" panel raisers. Big bits need a slower rpm. It's safest if the router is table mounted for big bits. If you're strictly spinning smaller bits and hand routing VS isn't important.

Here's a link to a speed chart
 
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