Users' questions

What bits can you use with a plunge router?

What bits can you use with a plunge router?

WHY SPIRAL BITS ARE BETTER FOR PLUNGE CUTS. Because a spiral bit is designed much like a drill bit, it makes plunge cuts easily. The cutters of a straight bit do not overlap, so if you plunge straight down deeper than 3/32 in., you might burn away the wood in the middle, but you won’t cut it.

Does Diablo make router bits?

Diablo (and Freud) make very good router bits. I tend to buy other brands these days, namely Whiteside and Southeast Tool, but Diablo’s router bits are good quality and readily available. You can get more bang for your buck with other brands, but Diablo router bit sets tend to focus on quality over quantity.

Are Freud router bits worth it?

Freud is often seen as the Cadillac of saw blades and with good reason. They are quite literally, some of the best on the market. Freud is also well-loved for their Router Bits, which receive high praise from even the most discerning professional woodworkers.

Why do my router bits burn?

Chris Marshall: If your router doesn’t haven’t have variable-speed control, it could be spinning the bits too quickly … and fast cutters held against wood equals heat buildup and burning. Try increasing your feed rate. The faster the cutter gets through the wood, the less heat it builds up.

Can I plunge cut with a fixed base router?

What is a Fixed Base Router? We asked Eric Streuli to explain his enthusiasm for fixed base routers. Surely it’s counter-intuitive to use a fixed base when you can buy a plunge router, set it to the depth you need and work that way, plunging as you go. Well, yes.

How deep will a plunge router cut?

Plunge depths vary between models, it can range from 2 to 3.5 inches. It must be remembered that the plunge depth may not be a realistic working depth below the bottom of the base plate.

Will any router bit fit any router?

Most routers out there come with two different sized router bits that are easily interchanged, but the router must accommodate both. If you have a smaller router, it likely only accepts ¼-inch collets. Many larger routers can accommodate both ¼-inch and ½-inch collets, and they can be changed within seconds.

Is Freud and Diablo the same?

Both are thin kerf blades and the tip thickness is the same. The key difference is in the way we market these blades. The Diablo line has blades intended for purposes like framing, siding, decking and general home improvement and is packaged and promoted in ways that appeal to contractors and DIYers.

Are Diablo and Freud router bits the same?

Diablo bits are the same as the standard bits but currently have gold coating instead of the Freud red.