Router versus Rotary: Which is Right for Your Shop?

Not sure which one to purchase? Chuck Donaldson, Antares, has the answer.

A retailer should add a router to their equipment if they are looking to produce larger items and for maximum production of smaller pieces.

A rotary engraving machine would be a better purchase if the retailer is doing smaller pieces, detailed work, and custom one-off items. An engraving machine is much better for surface engraving applications (diamond-drag and burnishing) as most engravers have a floating spindle or can be equipped with a burnishing attachment. This allows for the tool to keep a consistent pressure (and line width) even if the material is not perfectly flat.

-Chuck Donaldson, Antares

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Matt Dixon is the Executive Editor and content manager of GRAPHICS PRO magazine. Before that he was served as editor of Sign & Digital Graphics and Sign Business Magazine.

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