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#1 posted 12-20-2010 07:26 PM

Rance – I think most woodworkers assume that the reduced rpm’s would make it useless and that may be why I never hear of anyone using it. My dad had the saw for about 20 years before he gave to me and he never used the router attachment. I however just couldn’t help but try it. I didn’t expect anything out of it, I just wanted to give it a try for fun. Mine can only take a 1/4 bit and YES the lower RPM’s do effect its use when compared to a router. However if your just rounding over an edge, cutting a shallow dado, or any other small or detailed work where you are not removing a lot of material it works just fine. Also keep in mind you can tilt the motor at any degree. I have not needed to do this yet but I could use it to cut beveled dados or slots, dados or slots at any angle, circles, triangles and so on and so forth. I should play around with it more.

I have used it to flatten stock as you said and it does work but its a longer process. I have also planed small boards down with it and it works great if you just want to remove a small amount of material. You would probably want a good bit that will leave a clean bottom though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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