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Forum topic by Straightpiped posted 02-18-2009 02:34 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2009 02:34 PM

Does anyone have these bits in 1/4” shank, or do I just need to step up and buy a 1/2” shank router?

-- T. Nelson

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 02:44 PM


A raised-panel bit in a 1/4” shank is a tough order. You might find mini versions but if you’re looking for a bit for full-sized panels, you’ll probably have to get 1/2”. There’s a lot of torque with the larger bits and a 1/4” shank becomes a weapon. And the bit becomes a projectile.


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#2 posted 02-18-2009 02:45 PM

Kinda what I was thinking.


-- T. Nelson

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#3 posted 02-19-2009 02:46 AM

I look at my raised panel bit and I would be afraid to use it if it only had a 1/4” shank. I mean we are talking about a 3 1/4” diameter hunk of heavy tungsten spinning at thousands of RPMs. This thing intimidates me now, I can only imagine how I would feel if I had to look at that giant head on a puny little shank! Seriously, this is the kind of bit that 1/2” routers were invented for – even if you could find a 1?4” bit I would advise you not to buy it. IMO

-- Klpete45, Oklahoma

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#4 posted 02-19-2009 03:18 AM

Real tough order. To easy to snap. Router bit manufactuers are stopping at a certain diameter for the sake of safety. Don’t need some raised panel flying towards your head…

-- David,

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#5 posted 02-19-2009 03:49 AM

id recommend a 1/2 shank and a really good quality bit , about 3 hp router that has varible speed . i promise your life will suck if you have to sand router burn off a bunch of raised panels

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#6 posted 02-19-2009 03:57 AM

A large diameter raised panel bit requires a lot of torque and a speed of around 10,000 rpm is usually recommended. This is actually a better application for a shaper than a router. Our great an useful PC 690’s are just not up to the task.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 02-19-2009 04:06 AM

PC690’s at 1 3/4HP..probably not. PC 7518, 7519, 7538, 7539 at 3 1/4 HP…as good as a shaper.

-- David,

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#8 posted 02-19-2009 05:04 AM

If you can’t upgrade to 1/2” router, you might try a verticle raised bit.

-- Scott in Texas

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#9 posted 02-19-2009 02:10 PM

Thanks guys,

Bought a 1/2” Router.

-- T. Nelson

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