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RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 08:43 PM
Just wondering what kind of flush bit you guys use on your routers...I checked HD but couldn't find a **** thing there. I'm hesitant to buy something off of ebay since I can't see it first hand.


What do you hardcore box builders use? Yes, I'm talking to you bjfish.

themommyvan
04-09-2008, 08:44 PM
1 inch flushcut.

Worlddre
04-09-2008, 08:47 PM
spiral downcut

RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 08:47 PM
do you guys have links or info as to where you got them?

themommyvan
04-09-2008, 08:51 PM
I got mine at Lowes

1/2 shank
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=24097-353-85216MC&lpage=none

1/4 shank
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=29982-353-85268MC&lpage=none

RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 08:52 PM
^^^thanks man.

Worlddre
04-09-2008, 08:53 PM
i have 6 each of diff width for use with diff woods and acrylics.... got them from select products

http://74.175.101.66/dealer/itemdesc.asp?CartId={EVERESTA140DFC7-472B-4F65-96C0-7FD46157D44F}&ic=R46304&eq=&Tp=

a few diff versions of that

RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 08:53 PM
anyone else want to put in their .02?

RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 08:54 PM
i have 6 each of diff width for use with diff woods and acrylics.... got them from select products

http://74.175.101.66/dealer/itemdesc.asp?CartId={EVERESTA140DFC7-472B-4F65-96C0-7FD46157D44F}&ic=R46304&eq=&Tp=

a few diff versions of that

List Price: $175.29 per EACH

:eek:

GLN305
04-09-2008, 08:54 PM
http://www.routerbits.com/cgi-routerbits/sr.cgi?1207788817_895+98

All the bits on this site are made by Whiteside, probably some of the best bits you can buy.

Worlddre
04-09-2008, 08:55 PM
List Price: $175.29 per EACH

:eek:

i spend a lot of my employers money :)

BrianChia
04-09-2008, 09:34 PM
I usually use a Porter Cable 1" flush trim double fluted. They are designed for cutting veneers and laminates. HD should stock them, for about $35. At least the HD's I've been too all have them.

Try Sears if you can't find them at HD or Lowes. I've had good luck with Craftsman bits (cost less than Porter Cables and I've haven't broken any yet, not that a flush trim should ever break).

RAM_Designs
04-09-2008, 09:41 PM
that's guys, I appreciate it.

bjfish11
04-10-2008, 06:55 AM
I basically use similar to what themommyvan posted. Except I use a 1/4" diameter bit. Takes away less material when cutting patterns, so a little easier on the router.

RAM_Designs
04-10-2008, 10:08 AM
I basically use similar to what themommyvan posted. Except I use a 1/4" diameter bit. Takes away less material when cutting patterns, so a little easier on the router.

Is there an advantage to using a 1/2" shank or a 1/4" shank? All of my bits I use are 1/4, but my router accepts 1/2 normally without a collet...just wondering if there's any advantage to doing bigger with the shank size?

ramos
04-10-2008, 10:39 AM
Is there an advantage to using a 1/2" shank or a 1/4" shank? All of my bits I use are 1/4, but my router accepts 1/2 normally without a collet...just wondering if there's any advantage to doing bigger with the shank size?

A larger diameter shank tends to vibrate less, thus producing a smoother cut.
Most of the time though, a 1/2" shank is only used on bit's with larger heads mainly for supporting the additional weight and stress caused by the bigger cutting head. :)

mlstrass
04-10-2008, 10:54 AM
HD should have a Porter Cable 3 bit set for around $40 as I picked one up not that long ago...

SPY
04-10-2008, 12:39 PM
I went the cheap ebay route. 60 bits for like $30. Oh and a $20 porter cable spiral upcut bit.

The ebay ones are not the best quality but I don't use them a lot so they work fine for me.

RAM_Designs
04-10-2008, 12:58 PM
A larger diameter shank tends to vibrate less, thus producing a smoother cut.
Most of the time though, a 1/2" shank is only used on bit's with larger heads mainly for supporting the additional weight and stress caused by the bigger cutting head. :)
Thanks for the info.

HD should have a Porter Cable 3 bit set for around $40 as I picked one up not that long ago...
I'll check that out today...

dcole18
04-10-2008, 03:23 PM
i use a 1" flush trim from lowes... just like the one mommyvan posted

mdillon
04-10-2008, 04:22 PM
http://search.harborfreight.com/cpisearch/web/search.do?keyword=router+bits

coolest user
04-21-2008, 12:54 PM
I normally use a 1" Freud flush cut that a local tool supply store sells. It's seems to be a nice quality bit for under $20.

I recently picked up a 1/4" straight and a 1/4" flush cut bit with 2.5" long cutting edges from eBay. I haven't used them yet, but hopefully they work well for sub cut-outs and flush trimming ports on double baffles.



The red bit is the 1" Freud, and the yellow are the 2.5" eBay specials





http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s91/supercharged232/4-21-08002.jpg

RAM_Designs
04-21-2008, 01:01 PM
I picked up a Porter Cable one from HD a few days ago and it works great...makes everything look so much nicer now :D

bjfish11
04-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Freud makes some good bits. But I would be willing to bet those ebay bits are junk...

BrianChia
04-21-2008, 04:01 PM
Anyone used the Harbor Freight bits? How do they hold up?

bjfish11
04-21-2008, 05:32 PM
Anyone used the Harbor Freight bits? How do they hold up?


Well, if they are anything like their brad nailers or trim routers, better invest in the warranty. ;)

benchambers80
04-21-2008, 05:35 PM
I got mine at Lowes

1/2 shank
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=24097-353-85216MC&lpage=none

1/4 shank
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=29982-353-85268MC&lpage=none

I broke mine :( 30$

bjfish11
04-21-2008, 05:37 PM
How did you manage to break it? My guess would be cutting too much material and going too fast?

--Navi--
04-21-2008, 08:24 PM
I got the 1/2" and 1/4" spiral upcut flushtrim whiteside blades from woodcraft. Was hesitant to pay that much for them but they have outlasted any other bit I have bought for the same purpose.

And the Harbor freight bits work fine if you only have one project, but after that one project ( and i hope its a small one) you might as well go ahead and throw them out before the bearing flys off

BrianChia
04-21-2008, 09:01 PM
Haha, thanks for the headsup.

bjfish11
04-21-2008, 09:04 PM
I got the 1/2" and 1/4" spiral upcut flushtrim whiteside blades from woodcraft. Was hesitant to pay that much for them but they have outlasted any other bit I have bought for the same purpose.

And the Harbor freight bits work fine if you only have one project, but after that one project ( and i hope its a small one) you might as well go ahead and throw them out before the bearing flys off

So you like your whitesides eh? I have heard nothing but good things about them on another forum. Im looking at going that route next time I need bits. Front what I read, they are THE top of the line. Pricy, but worth it.

W8 a minute
04-21-2008, 09:07 PM
I went the cheap ebay route. 60 bits for like $30. Oh and a $20 porter cable spiral upcut bit.

The ebay ones are not the best quality but I don't use them a lot so they work fine for me.


I've used the crap out of mine...no complaints. 9 times out of 10 I'm using them on soft MDF so how tough do they need to be?

I will add that I clean my bits often. I soak them to get the resin and caked on sawdust off. I also do the same on my tablesaw blade and it works wonders.

bjfish11
04-21-2008, 09:28 PM
I've used the crap out of mine...no complaints. 9 times out of 10 I'm using them on soft MDF so how tough do they need to be?

I will add that I clean my bits often. I soak them to get the resin and caked on sawdust off. I also do the same on my tablesaw blade and it works wonders.

What do you soak them in?

W8 a minute
04-21-2008, 09:38 PM
this:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18197&filter=blade