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Hints For Optimum Use - Black & Decker KW1600 Original Instructions Manual

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Allow the tool to build up speed before
plunging down into the workpiece. When the
depth stop bar has been contacted, operate
the plunge lock lever (5).
Carry out the operation by applying a
constant force both downwards and in the
direction of cut. Retain a firm grip on the
handles and be prepared for a possible
reaction force if the router bit suddenly stalls
e.g. following contact with a knot.
On completion of the operation, release the
plunge lock lever and control the upwards
movement of the tool back to its original
position. When the tool has returned to its
original position, it can be switched off. Be
aware that the base is springloaded and that
the tool will jump upwards if not controlled.
Routing speed
The operating speed of the tool can be varied to
affect the level of finish. The correct speed
selection will depend upon the level of finish
required, the type of material being machined,
the diameter and shape of the router bit.
Prepare the tool to make a practice cut on a
piece of scrap material. Make a preliminary
adjustment of the speed control selecting a
high speed for small diameter router bits and
a low speed for large diameter router bits.
When the routing operation is completed,
withdraw the tool from the workpiece, switch
off the tool and inspect the level of finish.
Adjust the speed control knob (4) and repeat
until an optimum level of finish is obtained.
Warning! Do not release the handles to adjust
the speed when the tool is locked down and
operating in the workpiece.

Hints for optimum use

When working on outside edges, move the
tool counterclockwise (fig. N). When working
on inside edges, move the tool clockwise.
Use HSS router bits for softwood.
Use TCT router bits for hardwood.
You can use the tool without a guide (fig. O).
This is useful for signwriting and creative
work. Only make shallow cuts.
Refer to the table below for common types of
router bits.
KW1600EA - Router bits (fig. P)
Straight bit (1)
Trimming bit (2)
Rebating bit (3)
V-grooving bit (4)
Core box bit (5)
Cove bit (6)
Ogee moulding bit (7) Decorative edge moulding
Rounding over bit (8) Rounding over edges
Dovetail bit (9)
Chamfer bit (10)
Grooves and rebates
Trimming laminates or
hardwood; accurate
profiling using a template
Rebates on straight or
curved workpieces
Grooves, engraving and
edge bevelling
Fluting, engraving and
decorative edge moulding
Decorative edge moulding
Dovetail joints
Chamfer edges


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