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 Router bit, 3/8" dia.

Router bit, 3/8" dia.

Item # 0583
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$26.95

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

Router bit,1/2" dia.

Item # 0693
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$29.75

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

Extra bearing for 3/8" bit

Item # 1288
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$5.90

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Ball Bearing Router Bits Extra bearing 1/2" bit

Extra bearing 1/2" bit

Item # 1289
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$5.60

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Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

Ball Bearing Router Bits - Set of 2

Item # 0565
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$56.70 $52.16

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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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great value

By bob1319
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 31, 2011


for the builder who only need a few bits, these pattern bits work perfectly for control cavity routing, pickup cavities, everything. of course they can't route most neck pockets, as they are too small. For every other cavity, they are perfect.

Perfect and smooth cut

By Cristiano Bochese from Verona, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011


I had to order a 1/4" collar for my router (I had only 6 and 8 mm), but then I've been able to use them. I'm very happy 'cause they works very well (fast and smooth cut). Yeah!!!

Nice clean cuts.

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 09, 2011


As the title says. But like Mickey Springer from Hollywood,CA says, these do cut slightly bigger than the bearing. I just add a strip of tape to the template to fix it that problem. These are super sharp and leave clean edges and last a long time if you maintain them properly. That's right, you should clean the bits when they get too dirty. Keeps them sharper and cooler so they last longer.

Ball Bearing Router Bits

By DuctTapeNinja from Chicago
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 09, 2011


I've used both the 3/8" and the 1/2" bits, and they both cut larger than the bearing. This means that your bit will cut more of the project than you want, and depending on the depth of the route, it'll probably cut into the template you're using ruining it.



Then we have the poor bearing life. I only got the 1/2" bit last week, so its bearings haven't worn out yet. But the bearings for the 3/8" bit (I even used 2 as recommended to increase bearing life) wore out extremely fast.

precise

By fret from athens greece
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 08, 2011


every time i say precise my mind goes to these router bits

doesn't work with stewmac templates

By Mickey Springer from Hollywood,CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


the blade cuts wider than the bearing.
there is a big gap between the bearing and the blade so unless you use a really thick template (the stewmac ones i got are not)the bearing is too high to make contact with the templates.

Beautiful

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


So reliable esp when used with the templates, the pro look is def achieved.
I find their shelf life very good indeed.

Great bits, easy to use

By Modern Saint from So Cal
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 02, 2011


For my first rout these were great. I didn't have any issues at all and would buy them again if I need too.

Bits good, bearings...not so much

By Robb from Ambridge, PA, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 23, 2011


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

Old days were better.

By Jo+úo Cassias from S+úo Paulo, Brazil.
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 10, 2011


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.

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