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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-27-2015, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Can a profile router bit with no bearing be used with a hand held router? I have seen some profiling bits such as bullnose bits and was wondering how you would use them with a hand held router if they have no bearing.
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Hey, N/A; welcome!
If you have a moment perhaps fill out the personal profile with at least your first name(?). It makes it a bit more friendly.
Re the edge treatment and bits; I hardly ever use a bit with a bearing; I much prefer using a micro adjustable edge guide for hand held routering.
What brand of router are you using?
RA1054 Deluxe Router Guide | Bosch Power Tools
Other brands of course are similar.
The Bosch model also can be used for routing circles: (I personally haven't tried it but other members pointed this out to me.)
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Done. I am using a Bosch 1617 EVS. The edge guide looks like it would be the way to go for using edge forming bits with no bearing. Should I go for the Bosch edge guide or is there something else that would work better?
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Hello Rob welcome to the forum.
Yes but to use these bits you must have some sort of guide system in place , like Dan says edge guide,a board clamped to guide the router

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Rob;

I love my Bosch edge guide. If there was a third party one available I wouldn't even bother considering it. I don't know what Bosch could do to make there's better!
Price shop though; quite a spread in the online posted prices.
I have an old Craftsman router with a similar guide but it's no match in quality.
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Your routers are sold without guide fences! Amazing!

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Your routers are sold without guide fences! Amazing!
Yeah...what a country...if there was another one like it I'd go there for the weekend...

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My Bosch 1619EVS came with one (the one I referred to). Bunch of other stuff as well.
What really makes me crazy is that no one includes a rip guide with builders' saws over here (anymore). That's like not including the power cord...
It's basically a stamped bar welded to another bar, and a screw. Worth what, $1.50 to make?
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Welcome to the forum Rob.

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