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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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3 7-05-2011
Half broke after a few months of light routing.

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....

bob1319  Read my reviews (2)
5 6-13-2011

these bits are very clean cutting.

Joes Guitars  Todd Mission, TX
4 5-31-2011
great value

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.

bob1319  Read my reviews (2)
5 5-29-2011
Perfect and smooth cut

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!!!

Cristiano Bochese  Verona, Italy Read my reviews (3)
4 5-09-2011
Nice clean cuts.

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.

Jerhico Guitars  Altona, NY Read my reviews (51)
1 5-09-2011
Ball Bearing Router Bits

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.

DuctTapeNinja  Chicago Read my reviews (6)
5 5-08-2011

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

fret  athens greece Read my reviews (3)
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1 5-04-2011
doesn't work with stewmac templates

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.

Mickey Springer  Hollywood,CA Read my reviews (4)
5 5-04-2011

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

Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor UK  Cornwall, UK Read my reviews (45)
5 5-02-2011
Great bits, easy to use

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

Modern Saint  So Cal Read my reviews (2)
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