Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

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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 - Set of 2

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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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Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

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Very good

By Slicepack from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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

Ball Bearing Router Bits

By Pat Green from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 04, 2011

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?

Unbeareble without the bearings

By Claudio Kezen from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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

SO SO...

By Tim Taylor from Bristow Va
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 10, 2011

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.

Very Useful Size Router Bit

By J Sojka from Taunton, MA, New England
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 05, 2011

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.

Ruins your templates

By Reyer from The Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 29, 2011

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.

VERY fragile

By Jared Standish from CT
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 25, 2011

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.

template router bits

By Don Waddington c/o Larry Taylor from w
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 13, 2011

Using your ball bearing cutter bit with plastic pick up template I found that the template was oversize so had to make my own template. Also the first ball bearing seized therefore burnt the template. Replaced the ball bearing with the second ball bearing which blew apart and damaged guitar top. I since purchased a new bearing from a local supplier.

Cuts good, doesn't stay

By Max Boderskov from +àrhus, Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Used it on my recent project. The ball bearing isn't mounted - you can take it off if you want to, which also means, that you have to make sure, that it doesn't move, when you route. Stewmac's solution is a plastic tube that comes with the router bit. The problem is, that this plastic tube isn't 100% secure, so if you're unlucky, it will move. Could be nice with a more secure solution to this.

Half broke after a few months of light routing.

By bob1319
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 05, 2011

As I said before, they are great, however after a few months of light routing, no more than 1mm at a time, one of the cutters has chipped, about 1mm or so gone....

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