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Forum topic by Blozo posted 02-28-2011 08:08 PM 921 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2011 08:08 PM

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For the seveal years I been wood working . i have oned a small set of router bits.. oviousely by now most of the onesI use are worn out. Just bought a coule new sets with a larger variety. I bought two sets 1/2 and 1/4 inch shanks.. what are the pro and cons of these shank sizes?

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#1 posted 02-28-2011 08:15 PM

As far as I know, the only advantage to 1/4” shank bits is that some smaller routers do not have a 1/2” collet available. Other than that, everything I’ve read says that 1/2” shank bits are more stable.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 08:29 PM

Hey mvboakman you might want to clean and sharpen them if you can.use oven cleaner works good.I use all 1/4” so I can use them on both my trim and 1 1/2hp routers .

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 08:33 PM

Pro’s less expensive for the 1/4”

1/2” are better because they have more mass and don’t chatter and woble. The 1/2’ don’t heat up as quick.

Ever watch someonee turning on a lathe, turning a spindle? The larger diameter doesn’t vibrate but as they make it smaller you see the piece wobble, same principle. More mass, stiffer and less wobble.

Hope that helps.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 02:56 AM

1/2” shanks are more stable to use than 1/4” shanks. I started out with the 1/4” shanks and when I started needing to replace bits or upgrade my collection I went to 1/2” shanks. I noticed a big difference in the performance between the 2. I’ve bought some bits that I could only get in 1/4” shanks. With the 1/2” shanks becoming more and more popular the variety has improved as well as the price in some most cases.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 03:35 AM

I still have one of those multi sets of router bits I purchased 15 years ago. When it was time to replace a bit I would replace it with a good quality bit like whiteside, one bit at a time.

And try to go with all 1/2 “

-- New Auburn,WI

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 04:10 AM

thanks for the in put. i decided to purchase two sets of bit one of each size Shank. after all we never can have enough bits right. and i am gonna try the old clean and sharpen on a few old ones.. then we can start getting more and different bits one at a time or so…... I really wanna expand my router skills and use…

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