Hello all. I am new to the Router Forums, and fairly new to routing. I have a question about new bits. Some that I have seen come encased in what appears to be a blob of goo. How do you get it off? I find no help with the instructions that come with the bit, so either everyone is supposed to know already, or else maybe you just run the bit through some wood?? This doesn't sound very safe. Is there a type of solvent that could be used?
I use my pocket knife to remove the goo
And I look forward to it every time I get a new bit,and it's the 1st thing I do, it gives me a chance to look over the bit b/4 I use it and b/4 it goes into the router bit box with the others.
The goo has a way of masking the true bit but if you are not going to use the bit right away just let it be.
They put it on to keep the water and air off the bit and to keep it sharp,as soon as they grind the bit they put the goo on.
It may take me 5 mins.sometimes to get it all off and under the bearing if the bit has one,but I can check the bearing out to make sure it's free and spins just right.
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