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Ball Bearing Router Bits Router bit, 3/8" dia.

Router bit, 3/8" dia.

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Ball Bearing Router Bits Router bit,1/2" dia.

Router bit,1/2" dia.

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Ball Bearing Router Bits Extra bearing for 3/8" bit

Extra bearing for 3/8" bit

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Ball Bearing Router Bits Extra bearing 1/2" bit

Extra bearing 1/2" bit

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Ball Bearing Router Bits, Set of 2

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Ball Bearing Router Bits

About This Item

Special bits for templates! Extra-long carbide-tipped router bits produce clean, precise body cavities when used with our 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, and comes with 1 bearing. Use the 3/8" cutter only for routing corners that need the tighter radius, it comes with 2 bearings.

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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Using Ball-bearing Cutter Bits for Guitar Routing

Instructions for using Ball-bearing Cutter Bits for guitar routing.

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4.0

Great bits

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These are the best routing bits I have in my shop. They slice out pickup cavaties with maximum precision. I just wish the shanks were longer for cutting body shapes along a template.

5.0

Ball Bearing Router Bits

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Ces la premiFre fois que je les utilisent et ta ses trFs bien passer, je n'ai pas ruiner mon gabarit et la coupe est trFs net et 1/2 pouce de long ces super car je ne suis pas obliger de mFtre un shime super Tpais ce que j'aurais TtT obliger de faire avec un couteau de 1 pouce d'une autre compagnie. Avec ces couteau je suis plus prFs de la surface a travailler a cause de ta logueur et avec trois bearings je suis svre d'avoir un bon contact avec mon gabarit. Super. Daniel G Luthier

4.0

Good bits

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If you are using the Stew Mac templates
these are the only bits available that can be used. Off the shelf bits are too long and make too deep a cut. They are on the expensive side though.

5.0

Very good

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No complaints here. I didn't fancy the plastic tube method of fixing the bearing ring, so I bought an extra ring which works fine

4.0

Ball Bearing Router Bits

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Generally cut well but I wasn't too happy with the plastic sleeve idea. I then purchased enough bearings to completely cover the shank on both the 1/2" and 3/8" bits. I think this is the only way to use them when using a template. For adjusting the bearing position I found the easiest way was to remove the static bearing from an alternative make of bit that holds the bearing in place using an allen screw in an undersized bearing and sharing it between all my 1/4" shaft bits. In the UK I haven't found a 1/2" deep cutter, they are all around 25 mm so too deep for some of the routing required.So the SM bit is the right size but maybe could do with a 'keeper' bearing not a plastic tube?

4.0

Unbeareble without the bearings

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I'm glad Stewmac is including the bearings now. Mine came whithout it, and it's just a mess all over.

3.0

SO SO...

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I had 2 of these bearings come apart on me, within a few seconds on the very first cavity routing job, despite light side pressure, and oiling the bearing. Only 1 of 3 have survived-despite identical technique. Overall, I am not happy with this product.

5.0

Very Useful Size Router Bit

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I use this router bit in multiple places - Pickup Cavities, Neck Pockets, and pre routing for hand carved pieces when removing material in a small area is required. I have never had a problem with this bit or its bearings. I do not use the plastic tube as a bought enough bearings to stack the whole shank. This also reduces pressure on the individual bearings which has probably prolonged their life.

I guess when it comes to tools I do take care of my more sensitive pieces. I tend to be a perfectionist and know when to use finesse as opposed to brute force. I will definitely purchase the bit and bearings again.

1.0

Ruins your templates

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These bits cut wider than the bearing. They ruined a few templates and got me in trouble with my projects.

I'm not sure if newer ones are better quality, so I'm reluctant to buy new ones.

1.0

VERY fragile

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I was very wary of the fact that the bearings weren't tight on the shank, and that only a plastic tube(also not that tight) held it in place. After a few minutes of use, the bearing fell apart and part of it slid over the tube, because the tubing obviously isn't as thick as it needs to be. Tried the next bearing, same problem. I ended up destroying 2 templates(also bought on stewmac) using the bit. I do not baby my equipment but I surely don't abuse it, and all of my other bits(even budget ones) are nowhere near this fragile. This will probably be my LAST purchase on stewmac. Don't buy these unless you treat them like a baby.

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