Router speed control + crappy wood bandsaw = metal cutting?

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Feb 24, 2004
Monroe, WA
I'm pretty savvy with DC electrical things, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm happy enough just knowing that the AC power to my house works and that's all I really need to know about AC.

I don't know how a router speed controller works since I think I remember that it's not just a big potentiometer.

Anyway, my question for those that know these things: could I add a speed controller to my old wood-cutting bandsaw to slow it down for cutting metal? Or does the speed controller also decrease the amount of torque when it decreases the motor's speed?

What am I missing?

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