Stewart-MacDonaldEverything for building and repairing stringed instruments!
Your order cart Your order | Account | Saved list
Sign in
800-848-2273, 9AM-6PM EST, M-F
Home Free catalog Quick order International Customer service

Home : Tools : Routing bits : Ball Bearing Router Bits

Ball Bearing Router Bits

Read 86 Reviews   |   Write a Review

Special bits for templates! Extra-long carbide-tipped router bits produce clean, precise body cavities when used with our templates.

See details below

Email a friend
Ball Bearing Router Bits
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0565 Set of both router bits SAVE $5.00 Yes

0583 Router bit, 3/8" dia. Yes

0693 Router bit,1/2" dia. Yes

1288 Extra bearing for 3/8" bit Yes

1289 Extra bearing 1/2" bit Yes

Selected currency  


Related items

Swamp Ash Body Blank

African Mahogany Body Blank

Alder Body Blank

Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates

Swamp Ash Body Blank
African Mahogany Body Blank
Alder Body Blank
Single-coil Pickup Routing Templates

The ball-bearing guide matches the cutting diameter, and the long shank allows multiple-pass routing for deep cavities.

The 1/2" diameter bit is recommended for most of your routing chores. Use the 3/8" cutter only for routing corners that need the tighter radius.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of both router bits.

Shank diameter: 1/4" (6.35mm)
Cutting height: 1/2" (12.7mm)

A heat-resistant sleeve (not shown) holds the bearing in position. We recommend stacking an extra bearing on the shank for deep cavities, and use the 3/8" bit only for routing corners.

Tip: We recommend that you change the position of stacked bearings on the router bit's shank every time your re-chuck in the bit into your router. This will greatly extend the life of the bearings and reduces the risk of a bearing "blow-out."

How (and why) to use templates to rout control cavities
How (and why) to use templates to rout a solidbody guitar
How (and why) to use templates to rout control cavities Read more

In this issue:
If you sometimes think of making a custom electric guitar, Erick Coleman has tips to make one part of the process a lot easier. Here's how to rout the neck pocket and control cavities so they look as good as a factory build.

Subscribe now
/\ Top of product page
 Ratings and reviews
Ball Bearing Router Bits
Ball Bearing Router Bits
4.5 out of 5 stars
Based on 86 ratings Write a Review
Sort reviews by
Displaying 61 – 70 < 1  ...  6  7  8  9 >
3 4-23-2011
Bits good, bearings...not so much

The bits are fine quality, but the bearing leaves a bit to be desired, longevity-wise.

Robb  Ambridge, PA, USA Read my reviews (8)
2 4-10-2011
Old days were better.

I´ve been buying these router bits for 5 years now, and there is a considerable variation in bearing/cutter sizes. The first ones used to be dead accurate, but the newer ones sometimes cut a little more than the bearing. Each surface the bearing rides is going to be cutted in a different way, and that can compromise the creating and use of templates. I suggest Stewmac goes more seriously on quality control, no matter where they come from.

João Cassias  São Paulo, Brazil. Read my reviews (2)
4 3-24-2011
Worth The Price

these bits were very sharp and worked very well. The directions were easy to follow and understasnd.

Jason White  Hicksville, Ohio
2 3-19-2011
Give me a stop collar

Would be a 5 but no stop collar...the sleeve is a poor design.

JDS  New York Read my reviews (5)
5 2-06-2011
Set of both router bits

Perfect size for small cavities. Sharp and precise. Worth the money. This bits only need a top collar to be perfect.

Martín  Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina Read my reviews (78)
3 1-30-2011

I have several brands of high quality routing bits and none of them rust. These one does they rust on the edges and I don't know why? I think that the ball bearing is too thin. Otherwise, it does the job.

Metamatic  Malmoe, Sweden Read my reviews (5)
5 1-28-2011
good quality

they cut through wood just like butter

gregf  michigan Read my reviews (13)
5 1-26-2011
Cuts Great!

I bought the set of two and have used them to hog out a ton of maple in my guitar and they have worked amazingly well! I would recommend getting an extra bearing for the 1/2 diameter because I was forced to buy an entire new bit from woodcraft because my bearing broke. But as always they replaced it free of charge!

Swish Guitars  Pittsford New York Read my reviews (2)
Customer supplied image for review
5 1-23-2011
the best for clean routs

they're great by using them with the templates. very useful!

gaetano costanzo  naples, Italy Read my reviews (9)
Customer supplied image for review
5 1-07-2011

for accurate and fast works

lycker  cagliari, Sardinia, Italy Read my reviews (12)
Displaying 61 – 70 < 1  ...  6  7  8  9 > /\ Top of Reviews

Shown on page 36 of our latest catalog.
Select your items, then click ADD to order

To add items to your order, select the check box next to the item you want. You can edit the quantity you wish to purchase here, or in Your Order.

Select your items, then click Save for later

To add items to your saved list, select the check boxes next to the items you want. You can edit the quantity you wish to save here, or in your Saved List.

Toll-free order line:   800-848-2273   9am-6pm Eastern Time, M-F

Your order | Your account | Trade Secrets E-mail Newsletter
Home | Free catalog | Catalog Quick Order | International | Customer service
Our guarantee | Shipping | Security & Privacy | Contact us
Site map | About Us | Employment
© Copyright 2014 Stewart-MacDonald
Your shopping is secure with VeriSign! Trusted Commerce