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In a production environment flush trimming 2000 feet of 19/32 osb per week, what do you think the life of the router should be? This assuming a half sharp bit is being used by a half caring worker.

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So put new bearings in it and carry on

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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So put new bearings in it and carry on

This is after the bearings, switch, plate,everything that can be busted has been replaced, repaired and rigged. Just before of the company bugler jumps out, plays taps and slams it in the dumpster,
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I would have a couple of back-up routers available,just in case. That OSB is loaded with glue and hard on bits. Not sure about routers tho. When I edge trimmed OSB it was really rough. Quite unacceptable for my taste. How thick of panels?

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I would have a couple of back-up routers available,just in case. That OSB is loaded with glue and hard on bits. Not sure about routers tho. When I edge trimmed OSB it was really rough. Quite unacceptable for my taste. How thick of panels?

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Herb the panels are 19/32 thick with the overhang to be cut off ranging from 3 to 16 inches and the length of one cut/job ranging from 52 to 92 feet. It beats the wires out of a router. We are currently using Porter Cables 3.25hp router.

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Is there a reason you don't use a skilsaw? They cut OSB very well.

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Jim, are you using dust collection with the router? This would make a huge difference since you are keeping the bulk of the dust out of the motor. That will greatly extend the components life. Is this a 7518 or the older series?

I think a Stacc-Vac would be a great value for your needs. You can see the plastic shield on my 7518; this photo was taken at the International Sawdust Saturday event when we were comparison testing different brands of bits. The combination of the larger base with the extra handle provides better control and the vacuum port captures most of the dust; the plastic shield helps contain the dust so your motor is sucking clean air. The bit guard/brushes do a good job of capturing dust that would normally hit the floor. You can learn more about the Stacc-Vac here: Betterley Industries
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from experience...
Bosch out lasts PC by a wide margin but the half sharp/caring factor has been removed...
all of my PC's got bugled...
Bosch is still at it...
and MDF not spoken here...
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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I was kind of wondering about the router vs circ. saw thing myself(?).
Cutting 1/3 of a mile of 1/2" OSB per week is asking a lot of a builders saw, never mind a router.
To clarify, the sawblade is removing maybe 1/8" of material or less if it's just facing up an edge.
Probably not a huge amount of heat buildup if the the blade's kept really clean and sharp.
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In a production environment flush trimming 2000 feet of 19/32 osb per week,
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I was kind of wondering about the router vs circ. saw thing myself(?).
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how do we flush trim w/ a CS???

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