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Is there any reason not to leave a bit in a router when not in use? I'll be using the same bit periodically throughout a project (slot cutting bit to re-groove hardwood flooring) which will extend over a 10 - 15 day time period. I've got the height dialed in and would like to leave the bit and router in the table.
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I am no expert but I leave mine till I need something else.

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I leave mine in until it needs a new replacement. Dunno how long the present bit has been in there (the one I normally use for what I do), but it's been over a year I am sure. No problems. If I need a different style bit I just put in a different router, with the bit I want.

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Is there any reason not to leave a bit in a router when not in use? I'll be using the same bit periodically throughout a project (slot cutting bit to re-groove hardwood flooring) which will extend over a 10 - 15 day time period. I've got the height dialed in and would like to leave the bit and router in the table.
do it on a regular basis...
if I need to change bits or settings I just bring another router into play instead of changing what's dialed in...

I spline a lot... the slot cutter has been left in the D handle for a very very long time...
same for the dado (4x's) and RO's..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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That is one reason I have many routers so I can leave them set up.
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That is one reason I have many routers so I can leave them set up.
exactly...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I spline a lot...
I knew there had to be someone else here besides me Stick. Not sure what everyone else has against it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I knew there had to be someone else here besides me Stick. Not sure what everyone else has against it.
every panel I make is splined...
after you have experienced creep in a large panel - spline it is...

no creep...
flatter panels..
flusher joints...
way stronger over a butt joint...
faster more accurate assembly...
more glue surface...
less omni directional movement..
less/limited joint separation..
stronger miters...

they like speed and relying solely on the glue to get where they are going....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I am no expert but I leave mine till I need something else.
+1 What he said.

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I tend to remove mine, particularly on the routers that are not used very often.

Had one stick some time ago and do not want this to happen again.

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