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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 11-07-2009 03:09 AM 975 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2009 03:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits guide bearings

Haven’t had much experience with routers, but I need to ask you guys what technique you use to remove the nut from the end of a bit to change guide bearings?

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 05:17 AM

Place the bit in the router with it UNPLUGGED, lock the router rotation and use your wrench. Tighten it the same way.

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 06:01 AM

I use wooded blocks in my vise and clamp the bit in there.

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#3 posted 11-07-2009 02:15 PM

Thanks guys.
Karson – I tried the blocks in the vice and it didn’t work. KM – I also tried it in the router and it didn’t work.
The bit is a slot cutter with 1/4” shaft. I ended up putting vice grips on the thick part of the shaft and finally got the nut to turn. I know that doing this was a big “no-no”, but I need the nut off so I could change bearings. It was a brand new bit from Eagle Am. and I think the nut was so tight because it was new.
Next time, I’ll try bentlyj’s suggestion and see if I can get that to work. I don’t think the nut should be tightened that much.

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