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Blog entry by Mike posted 07-05-2010 03:46 AM 1673 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine stopped by the other day and he we wanted to try out the new raised panel router bit, we were going to try a few light passes before the final pass, the bit is Freud Quadra Bit, nice bit. Well anyways plugged everything after everything was secured, bit was tightened in collet. I then started the router up and all of sudden I heard a noise, went to power off the switch and before you know it the bit had worked itself out of the collet and went flying across the room, bounced on the floor a couple of times, The good news was neither of us got hurt, the bit never touched the fence or the table, just made a small scratch on the inside of the plate. So the next time you tightened those bits down make sure you take a good look.

This was the first time this ever happened to me. It happened so fast, I count my blessings…....


-- Mike, VT

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 04:07 AM

glad you are OK ,
did you leave an 1/8” of shank up from the bottom when you tightened the collet ?
some collet assemblies don’t close completely if the bit is bottomed out ,
that is the most common slippage problem ,
that and lose wrenches .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 04:48 AM

Close call, but no injury so that’s good.

Just purchase an o-ring and slip it on the bit shank to prevent the bit from being inserted too far.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 05:03 AM

I’ve never had that happen but I did have a brand new Frued bit in my router and when I went to route a piece of maple, the carbide broke off and make a load noise that really scared me. I wasn’t hurt either and thankful that I was wearing my eye protection.

-- Dave, Golf...Woodworking...more Golf,

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 05:35 AM

I have always had an unnatural fear of those router bits. When I put a different one in the collet, and then I first turn them on, I am always in a position that a flying bit or piece can’t hit me (view me ducking below the table). But I never had anything go wrong, and always insert them the correct distance and tighten them well, and recheck.

Now I don’t feel so foolish…............(-:

Alaska Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 06:28 AM

Sounds scary. I never had it happen either but anything is possible. I also buy the 1/2” O rings and slip them on my router bits. they are cheap, easily avaiable and work well. I also tighten the heck out of the collet (hate to have heck in the collet)..I have the Freud quarda cut panel bit set and it is excellent quality..

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 06:31 AM

Yikes!!! I have had this happen. Nothing will get your heart pumping like something spinning at 20,000 RPM and shooting a pointy, sharp hunk of metal at some random point in the room.

I’m glad nobody was hurt.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 07:57 AM

thats one of the reesen I prefeur to work unplugged

glad no one was hurt


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#8 posted 07-05-2010 02:31 PM

I am sure that did get an adrenaline rush going. I am glad to hear that no one was hurt.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 07-05-2010 03:41 PM

I DID have this happen once.

Change of shorts was in order.

I’m going to start wearing my kevlar motorcycle riding suit in the shop, I think …..

Glad all are okay. Verrrry scary happening.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 05:00 PM

One of the many reasons to hate/be scared of routers.

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 08:41 PM

If you happen to have kids or grandkids with braces, those tiny rubber bands that the orthodontist uses also work well to keep 1/4” bits from bottoming out.

So glad to hear of the blessing that no one was hurt!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 07-06-2010 06:17 AM

glad to hear no one was hit by flying objects…....scary!!!

Timbo…thx for the Oring tip!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 06:29 AM

I had similar thing hapening to me. altough not as dramatic.

I was patern routing with a flush bit. Then I realized that the bearing was now higher than the template.
As I was moving the ruined piece away from the bit, it came out an eat some of my aluminum ring.

I did not tighten the nut well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 03-24-2011 05:12 PM

Wow! That’s pretty scary! I bought a new Freud rabbeting bit and was trying it for the first time and a piece of carbide broke off the bit and made a racket. It pays to wear those safety glasses.

-- Dave, Golf...Woodworking...more Golf,

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