Can a 1/2in router use 1/4in bits

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Forum topic by Johnalan1 posted 03-21-2016 09:31 PM 469 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2016 09:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router router bits first

Hello, im buying my first router and i want to know can a half inch router use 1/4in bits, i know it can use 1/2 in but idk about 1/4 pls help

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 09:34 PM

Usually 1/2” routers will come with a 1/4 collet also.
The collet is the nut assembly that locks the bit into place.
What name is the router that you have!

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 09:36 PM

thank you

Usually 1/2” routers will come with a 1/4 collet also.

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 09:40 PM

It’s in your best interest to use the 1/2” shanks whenever feasible. Less vibration, less breakage.

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#4 posted 03-23-2016 12:04 AM

If a 1/4” collet didn’t come with, or isn’t available for, your 1/2” router, you can get a sleeve adaptor. Doesn’t matter what brand of sleeve, as it simply goes into the collet just as a 1/2” bit would.

I agree that 1/2” bits are preferable, but sometimes you only have a 1/4” bit, or it’s a small bit that only comes in 1/4” size.

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#5 posted 03-23-2016 01:25 AM

One thing, just because it is 1/2 collect and the bit looks like it can cut at maximum height, make small passes for deeper cuts. Saves the bits, the router and maybe yourself.

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