A handheld router is a machine that works similarly to a CNC and chisels away unwanted pieces of material. The height of the router bit can be manually adjusted. Bits are shaped differently depending on the job, such as if a joint is being created. When the device is not mounted, it may be difficult to make clean cuts.
The handheld router should only be used to cut wood products, such as plywood and MDF, foams, and most plastics such as ABS. When in doubt, ask for assistance.
- Always wear eye protection and ear protection is recommended for extended sessions.
- Make sure items such as hair and hoodie strings are tied up or put away, as they may get caught in a spinning bit.
- Check for and remove any nails and screws.
- Secure the material.
- Adjust the height of the bit as desired.
- Let the bit reach full speed before attempting to make any cuts.
- Always hold the tool firmly with both hands, as it can be difficult to control.
- Do not force the bit to make a cut if you experience resistance. You may just need to slow down and re-approach the cut from a different angle. Otherwise, see if you are using the correct routing bit.
- When done, make sure the bit has stopped before putting the tool down.
- If mounted, a varAC is available to adjust the speed of the bit.