1/4" bits can really scream at higher rpm'sThe noise coming off of the router bit was piercing and I had to wear a set of ear muffs to make being near the router tolerable, is this normal?
What rpm are you running at? Do you have a variable speed router? How fast is your machine capable of moving?
If you can, I'd try using about 15,000-18,000 rpm, increase the feedrate to 4000-5000mm/min, and make 4-5 passes instead. You don't need 10HP to cut that fast with a 1/4" bit. If you make 5-6 passes, you're 2HP router should be more than able to cut at 10,000mm/min
Lower rpm and faster feedrate are what's needed for longer tool life.