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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-26-2017, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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I just recently purchased a compact Dewalt router kit as an affordable alternative to a jointer and am really excited about the versatility of this tool. As a router newbie, I also got a cheap 24 piece Stalwart set from amazon to get my feet in the water before I fork out money on higher end bits. I've read about using toothbrushes and some cleaning solutions as part of the maintenance process but was wondering if applying 3 in one on the tips would help extend the lifespan of these cheap bits. So far, the only precaution I've taken is to use several passes, incrementally increasing the depth of my cuts. Are there any tricks or things I could do before, during, or after my work that would help in the care of my bits?

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#1... use no oils. WD-40 simple green, oven cleaners or silicone contaminated products...
these will come back to haunt you later....

here's some reading to accelerate your learning curve...

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now that you ingested those ...
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Welcome, Ion...

Generally, a clean cutter will last longer and will run cooler. Cleaning with CMT or Trend bit cleaner is suggested and do not apply oil...not needed if using appropriate bit cleaner.

Multiple passes are good but not too shallow as to create dust...sawdust should look like cuttings...thi,k shredded luttuce rather than grits...

Be careful using cheap Chinese bits as carbide joint could be weak...especially if harsh chemicals are used to clean. The softer the brush, the better. Avoid routing pressure treated wood...

Clean your bits after each use...avoid contact with other hard metals...

...and follow router speed recommendations...avoids burning, "varnish/gum" buildup, etc...

Good luck...but buy good bits...just a few will more than satisfy your early projects...round, cove, straight, ogee, chamfer...Freud, Whiteside, etc...

I'm sure others will add...
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Welcome to the forum Ion, You will like it here, lots of good information.
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No oil, eh? I buy good quality bits, and 99.99% of the time use pattern bits. I've found that the bearings last longer if I put a drop or two of Marvel Mystery Oil on them before routing. Never noticed any ill effects from it, and been doing it for years.
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No oil, eh? I buy good quality bits, and 99.99% of the time use pattern bits. I've found that the bearings last longer if I put a drop or two of Marvel Mystery Oil on them before routing. Never noticed any ill effects from it, and been doing it for years.
the no oil thing is to prevent a finishing disaster...
I use better bearings and the bearings out last the bits...
the bearings are then saved when the bits are tossed and used as backups and for other stuff....

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Thanks for the materials everyone! I'll try and spend some time trying out some bits on some scrap wood keeping in mind all of this.
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No oil, eh? I buy good quality bits, and 99.99% of the time use pattern bits. I've found that the bearings last longer if I put a drop or two of Marvel Mystery Oil on them before routing. Never noticed any ill effects from it, and been doing it for years.
How do you lubricate a sealed bearing?
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How do you lubricate a sealed bearing?
that's why it's called Marvel Mystery Oil...
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