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Ball Bearing Router Bits

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

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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

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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."

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Ball Bearing Router Bits
Ball Bearing Router Bits
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5 9-23-2010
Nice for tight inside corners

Was a little weary of the teflon spacer but it worked flawless as designed, needed for the small bearing I reconditioned. Used it for corners on a humbucker cavity, useful to say the least.

Jay Cash  Belfield ND Read my reviews (6)
5 9-09-2010
Worked Great

My first guitar and pickup cavity cut. My cheap router had no problem cutting through the maple. It worked perfectly with the humbucker template from StewMac. See for yourself :)

Aleface  Randolph, MA Read my reviews (3)
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5 9-07-2010

These bits along with the Stew Mac templates I now have much cleaner cavity and pickup routing.

Bucky  Minneapolis, MN Read my reviews (2)
5 9-01-2010

It's my fourth set in the last 10 years and it always gives an excellent result.

ludo hulsmans  Belgium
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5 8-20-2010

I'm an amateur in the Luthier community, but this item was just what I needed. Very accurate routing was produced as far as I could notice. It's a must have, if you want to do the job right. A+++

Juan del Pueblo  Puerto Rico
5 7-24-2010
Clean cut

I purchased the set of 2 router bits with ball bearings for routing solid body guitar cavities. I used the ½" bit for pickup cavities on a couple of alder bodies with my self-made polycarbonate plastic templates.
I was quite delighted with the results. The long shank allowed deep routing and the cut was accurate, clean and smooth.
The only drawback was the shank being 1/4" (6.35mm) thick and the collets of my routers being metric, allowing a 6.00 mm router bit shank. After I sanded the shanks carefully to the right measure the router bits worked with my tools perfectly.

Markku Nyytäjä  Helsinki, Finland Read my reviews (6)
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