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Guys are there guide bushings that are considered better or worse on certain brands ?
I hear about PC guide bushings a lot and don't know if they set some kind of standard for them , or if all brands have the same quality and availability .
I see they install differently from one brand of router to another . Is this something to consider ?

I guess it's all the same outcome but this is something I've never considered before and will help me determine my next plunge router as I can't find my frigging plunge base for my PC690

Ok I just googled guide bushings and seen them on the fixed base of a PC router . Sorry as I thought they wee strictly for the plunge part . I see I have a lot to learn yet

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No Rick, not all guide bushings are equal.

The PC type are well mentioned as so many manufacturers have copied the concept.

I personally stick with brass guide bushings,or the single part Makita guide bushings, rather that steel PC type.

I have never had a brass guide bushing come loose and I have never had to tighten the guide bushing with pliers.

Even my Ryobi router come with a single pressed steel guide bushing.

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Guys are there guide bushings that are considered better or worse on certain brands ?
I hear about PC guide bushings a lot and don't know if they set some kind of standard for them , or if all brands have the same quality and availability .
I see they install differently from one brand of router to another . Is this something to consider ?

I guess it's all the same outcome but this is something I've never considered before and will help me determine my next plunge router as I can't find my frigging plunge base for my PC690

Ok I just googled guide bushings and seen them on the fixed base of a PC router . Sorry as I thought they wee strictly for the plunge part . I see I have a lot to learn yet
I was having trouble with my PC plunge router sticking. I cleaned the guides from all grease and then applied some graphite power. Once I got the excess cleaned up the plunger works great. I adjusted the break release and like the performance. Got the graphite idea from a guy at the DeWalt service location.
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I've never made a secret of the fact that I consider the PC style template guides as museum pieces. Makita and Hitachi, whilst not compatible are made from steel and until the current Makita RP2301FC were held in position with two screws. The Makita which uses the same guides, fits and locks in place with the pull of a small lever. Guides up to 40mm are available and even bigger ones can be made. Unlike James, on two occasions of the very few times that I've used the Brass guides I have plunged too low and the guide has unscrewed! Shown also is a set of five home made one piece metric guides, 20,25,30,35 and 40mm.
It has been suggested on this forum that steel guides are dangerous as if a bit hits it, it will chip. In the forty years that I have been routing, the only bits that I chipped were ones that I dropped onto the concrete floor! For maximum depth of cut, and that is what we all want, the chuck must fit through the template guide.
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Thank you for the info guys . Harry now I better understand why there's a need for larger diameters. I would have never looked at those issues , good stuff .
I may take a gander at our Makitas at Home Hardware . Bet you 20 bucks they don't have the brain capacity to stock the guides
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Thank you for the info guys . Harry now I better understand why there's a need for larger diameters. I would have never looked at those issues , good stuff .
I may take a gander at our Makitas at Home Hardware . Bet you 20 bucks they don't have the brain capacity to stock the guides
Probably not and I'm sure they won't have or be able to source 40mm ones but they should be able to obtain 1 1/2" ones which are suitable for serious template routing.

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Hi Rick. Lee Valley has a pretty good assortment of guide bushings on our side of the border. Both the PC style bushings, and the larger ones that are used on the Router Workshop table.

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Hi Rick. Lee Valley has a pretty good assortment of guide bushings on our side of the border. Both the PC style bushings, and the larger ones that are used on the Router Workshop table.
FYI Lee Valley also sells "South of the Border". They are unfortunately the only remaining source of the Router Workshop sized guides of which I am aware, and they do not have the entire range of sizes Oak-Park used to sell.

I fully absolutely unconditionally support Harry's contention that the PC sized guides are at best museum pieces.

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