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Question Guide bushing or guide bearing???

I am looking at dovetail jigs and I see some have guide bushings and some have guide bearings. I have narrowed it down to a PC 4216 (bushings) or a Keller (guide bearings). I am interested in the capability to make small boxes which the PC has but working on a router table would also be nice.
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Ger, unless your heart is set on making dovetails I would suggest you start with box joints. This makes a nice strong decorative joint and has a much easier learning curve. Besides being easier it is also much faster.

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Guide bearings are very handy, but do have the problem of sometimes coming off. Guide bushings are very simple, and almost indestructable. I have used both, and have to say that I do like the convenience of using the bearings. For table top routing I would probably be inclined to go with bearings.

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I have never used anything but guide bushings and have never had a problem.
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Guide bearings are very handy, but do have the problem of sometimes coming off.
I used to have that problem too. Then I found that putting a drop or two on the bearing before each routing session makes the bearing seem to last forever. I've several years of use on my latest bearing.

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I used to have that problem too. Then I found that putting a drop or two on the bearing before each routing session makes the bearing seem to last forever. I've several years of use on my latest bearing.
Thanks for the tip.

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Thanks guys I settled for the PC 4216.
Your input is much appreciated.
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I used to have that problem too. Then I found that putting a drop or two on the bearing before each routing session makes the bearing seem to last forever. I've several years of use on my latest bearing.
Dad burn it, that was supposed to read 'a drop or two of oil'.

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Dad burn it, that was supposed to read 'a drop or two of oil'.

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