Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

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Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

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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Product Instructions

Using Ball-bearing Cutter Bits for Guitar Routing

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

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5.0

Great Bits!

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I used these to rout a third pickup cavity on a Les Paul for Kenny Chesney. These are great bits!

5.0

Best (i mean BEST) router bits available.

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These router bits are delicately shaped, yet very robust. Their geometry ensures low heat buildup and fast material extraction. Their top smoothes
out perfect surfaces (like the bottoms of neck pockets and pickup cavities). As stated in the manual, the big one (1/2") withstands heavy jobs,
for long times, many passes and hardwood. The smaller (3/8"), albeit having the same quality, uses a much slimmer ball bearing, and should be used for corners and finish ups only. It is advisable to keep some spare 3/8" bearings, because they can become gritty and overheat, leading to burnt wood our ruined acrylic templates. These bits cut better and longer than other brands I use like makita, amana and bosch.

3.0

Get the 1/2 inch not the 3/8

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After I got it I realized that the 3/8 is really wimpy wimpy wimpy! You need the 1/2 especially if you are cutting Mahogany or Maple.

5.0

Great

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high quality

5.0

So far so good!

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I have been a woodworker for over 40 years and I thought "I've got all the tools you need to make guitars" well I thought wrong. I have pattern bits but they are just not quite right for the depth of cut. These are perfect and gave me a very clean burn free cut. I don't know how long they will stay sharp but that's why we have diamond files. Stew Mac came through yet again. Thanks and 5 Stars!

5.0

BALL BEARING ROUTER BITS

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StewMac Ball bearing router Bits are fantastic tools, they are very sharp and produced a very clean and precise cavity, using the StewMac templates
I have a little suggestion : offer also bits with shaft in metric size, or an adapter for european router that use 6 or 8 mm shaft.

4.0

Indespensible

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perfect for following templates, you need to stack the up with 3-4 bearings to make it easier to creep up on the distance.

5.0

bits

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these are good quality tools.just dontlike the plastic incerts toss em and buy extra bearings instead.

5.0

Great Router bits

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These bits are of the usual high quality standard that StewMac pride themselves on. Well worth the dollars!

5.0

Great bits!

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Used these to adjust a existing floyd rose route......excellent and easy!

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