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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 4-10-2014
Amazing stuff!

I bought the 3/8's and the 1/2", both with extra bearings. The bearing that came with the 1/2" didn't slide all the way down onto the shaft. Wrote stewmac and there was another at my door the next day! That's great service!!!!! Bits and bearings both are top notch, couldn't get by without them. Word to the wise though, shallow cuts make for more consistent results. Thanks Stewmac!!!!!!!!

Hepburn  New Albany, Indiana Read my reviews (6)
4 3-25-2014
good but pricey

Good bits Ive ordered them a few times, they are pricey (especially if you add the import tax) they also dont last that long, but I cant do with out um so that why I give them only 4 stars. I did need the extra bearings.

JSD  Europe Read my reviews (31)
5 1-31-2014

These bits are awesome. I was so busy with the template that I neglected the router bit. With the bearings on the bit they performed great.One less thing to worry about. It does what it does and there's no worry about the routing.

SavageBeatLabs  Marion, AR Read my reviews (2)
5 1-16-2014
Ball Bearing Router Bits

I love these router bits. They cut clean and besides working great on StewMac router templates, they work great on the ones I make from 1/4" MDF. Here is my best tip: buy an extra 1/2" bearing and put it on the 3/8" bit to rough out the part and then finish with the 3/8" bearing. This gives a nicer cut with very little or no tear out.

Doug Warneke  Scappoose, OR Read my reviews (2)
5 1-04-2014
Ball bearing router bits

I ordered both bits and extra ball bearings. I received them fast and excellent packaged! They work awesome when using the Stu-Mac templates. The result is like factory built!!! Stu-mac forever!

Edwin van der Meer  The Netherlands
5 1-01-2014
un outil précieux...

un outil de qualité qui permet une défonce propre et rapide.Hail StewMac!!

nixnix  france Read my reviews (4)
5 11-16-2013

good bit

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jiROck Custom  Philippines Read my reviews (58)
4 11-14-2013
No choice

You need that... with the StewMac Template it's perfect... the price can be lower but!!!

Alain Meilleur  Quebec, Canada Read my reviews (12)
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5 11-09-2013
Cuts like budda!

Used the 1/2" for the neck pocket on a custom v-body. Worked great with the Stewmac template,nice tight neck joint!

SDG  Pacifica, CA Read my reviews (2)
5 10-12-2013

Work perfect! Routed my first pickup cavity with these, couldn't be happier.

Jorge  Spain Read my reviews (9)
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