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Forum topic by Dan Thomas posted 07-17-2018 07:11 PM 1762 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Thomas

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07-17-2018 07:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router router bits diablo freud

I hate the packaging for Diablo router bits:

 photo Diablo Router Bit_zpszdv6le8t.jpg

How do you guys open this package?

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker


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#1 posted 07-17-2018 07:17 PM

I believe you use a chainsaw and a lot of 4 letter words.

I feel your pain, so many products are being packaged in a way that makes you wonder if the designer is oblivious or just has a twisted sense of humor.

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#2 posted 07-17-2018 07:20 PM

Part of the packaging design it to make sure the “expensive” bits don’t wander off in someones pocket or purse. They are small and easily concealed. A sharp box knife seems to work fine, just keep your fingers out of the way.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 07-17-2018 07:21 PM

I usually use a pair of tin snips and cut inside the crimped edge. I hate these packages! I’ve been sliced by these dang things more than once. Be Careful!

-- Perfection is highly overrated!

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#4 posted 07-17-2018 07:23 PM

sawzall or bandsaw. or blowtorch

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#5 posted 07-17-2018 07:40 PM

i happen to sell freud bits which are the same company as diablo,there packaging is a little different,you just cut the wrapper at the bottom and the plastic cover pops off,this looks a little tougher.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 07-17-2018 07:56 PM

RobHannon – I tried 4 letter words, but I don’t own a chainsaw. :p

LesB – You’re probably right, but if someone steals one by putting the bit in their pocket, I want to watch when they forget about it and sit down! :o And thanks, a sharp cutter did the trick.

Chas7715 – So have I (cut myself)! That’s why I asked!

Steve – I always wondered what I’d use a sawzall for. :)

pottz – The bottom! I never even looked there. I’ve already destroyed this package, but I’ll try and remember for the next one. Thanks!

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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#7 posted 07-17-2018 09:13 PM

Four letters are not enough! You will need to dig pretty deep into the bottom of your tool box and pull out some compound cuss words! They are interchangeable and carry very powerful magic!

Actually, the band saw is a pretty good idea but I was going to suggest black powder. I just opened a Diablo table saw blade last week and I used tin snips. I was very careful because Chas7715 is right and usually when they cut you, it is on top of a finger where the skin is thin and close to the bone.
The product inside is actually pretty good though.
Good luck,
Tim

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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#8 posted 07-17-2018 10:47 PM

Sort of bought some of those bits, they were discontinued profiles being sold by a HD surplus/returns clearing house for <$5 each; so my experience may not be same as current stuff from store?

At 1st: I use a box cutter, make 2 cuts on adjacent sides, and pry packing open, then bit and plastic base jumps out on to the concrete floor and chips the carbide edges. Live and learn, bit is heavier than base. :(

Found it works best to cut on 3 sides, 2 long ones, and along bottom, and then pry up on plastic clam shell. The plastic base does not jump out as easy that way. Do not want to cut top and pull down, the edges of bit will try to grab your hand as it passes near by. Pulling up gives allows you to handle the bit by the plastic base.

Really love (sic) how tight the router bit is held by the plastic base, and sharp new cutting edges are fully exposed. Even with glove on, get cuts trying to wiggle a quad edge bit out of base. Had to use channel lock pliers (jaws wrapped with tape) to get enough grip to remove a couple of them from bases. :(

not my favorite packaging to open…..

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#9 posted 07-17-2018 11:53 PM

With a Whiteside router bit?

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#10 posted 07-18-2018 05:09 AM

I haven’t found anything I can’t open with the proper amount of explosives. Contents may suffer, but it will be open. LOL

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 07-18-2018 05:45 AM

You proclaim loudly, “These things are impossible to open!” and instantly 5 people will fight over who gets to show you up by opening it. Doesn’t work if you are alone in the show.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 07-18-2018 11:15 AM


Really love (sic) how tight the router bit is held by the plastic base, and sharp new cutting edges are fully exposed. Even with glove on, get cuts trying to wiggle a quad edge bit out of base. Had to use channel lock pliers (jaws wrapped with tape) to get enough grip to remove a couple of them from bases. :(

- CaptainKlutz

OMG, SO true! And with sharp router bits, you don’t actually have to touch them to get cut – you just have to look at them too closely. ;p

mel52 – Explosives. Hmm. But I can’t use them inside the shop, and it’s too hot outside. I’ll have to wait until winter. :)

AHuxley – Now that is funny!

Rick M – That’s what this forum is for! :)

-- Newbie Dan, https://www.youtube.com/c/thenewbiewoodworker

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#13 posted 07-18-2018 11:18 AM

I have heard a lot about Whiteside so I went to their site to look for a bit and found no prices listed anywhere. ?
larry

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#14 posted 07-18-2018 11:32 AM

REALLY????

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#15 posted 07-18-2018 11:57 AM



I have heard a lot about Whiteside so I went to their site to look for a bit and found no prices listed anywhere. ?
larry

- ohtimberwolf

Like most manufacturers, they do not sell directly and do not list prices on their corporate site. Holbren and Carbide Processors are two excellent online sellers of Whiteside. Along with Southeast Tool they make the best router bits, both companies are located in North Carolina.

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