A wood router is an essential tool in woodwork. It can make light work of even the most difficult tasks. At Accident Advice Helpline, we are experts in all areas of personal injury law. With over 13 years’ experience, we have amassed a wealth of knowledge in how to prevent accidents at work. In this article, we delve into the safe operation of a wood router.
How to safely operate a wood router
When using a wood router, you should undertake the same precautions you would use when operating any other power tool or electrical device. Here are some of the most useful safety hints in order to safely operate your wood router and avoid an accident in the workplace.
- Always inspect the device before use in order to prevent the chances of a work-related injury. You should check the device for damage or disrepair, including collet, chuck, and any bits you may be using.
- Wear proper safety attire when operating a wood router. Wood routers produce an excessive amount of dust, so in addition to the usual precautions such as safety goggles and hearing protection, you should wear a correctly fitting dust mask. Roll up the sleeves on any shirt you might be wearing and tie back any long hair.
- Always ensure that you are using the correct bit for the job. Check the type, length, shank, strength, cutting length, and diameter of the bit.
- Ensure that router horsepower and speed is appropriately matched to the material you wish to cut. Take heed of the depth of the intended cut and the size of the bit needed.
- Pieces to be cut should always be clamped in order to avoid moving around during the cutting procedure.
- Grip the tool tightly when using. You will have to counteract the initial torque of the motor upon start up. Failing to adhere to this may lead to increased chances of RSI.
- Never attempt to force the router in any situation. If you noticed the router beginning to rise upwards during cutting, turn the router off immediately and inspect the sharpness and length of the bit. This usually indicates that the bit is slipping out of the collet.
- Do not try to lengthen the bit by inserting less of the shank into the collet. A collet should be at least ¾ inserted.
Follow this guide, and you can help reduce the chances of a work injury when operating a wood router.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown