Where can I find guide bearings for router bits?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by AM420 posted 12-06-2018 10:17 PM 393 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View AM420's profile


226 posts in 836 days

12-06-2018 10:17 PM

I’m working on a project plan that calls for a cut using a 5/8” straight router bit and 1 3/8” guide bearing to basically cut a 3/8” dado along a curve. I checked Rockler and Woodcraft for a guide bearing to put on my bit, but they don’t have them, and I haven’t had much luck finding anything online.

If anyone has any advice on where to find this I would appreciate it. Also, this will be my first time adding a guide bearing onto a router bit. If there’s anything special to know about how to secure it to the router bit shaft, please let me know.


5 replies so far

View bandit571's profile


23423 posts in 3135 days

#1 posted 12-06-2018 10:23 PM

I walked past a display of guide bearings, while shopping at Menard’s last week….Sold by CMT….might try them?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

View splintergroup's profile


2779 posts in 1675 days

#2 posted 12-06-2018 10:29 PM

It sounds like your bit doesn’t have the bearing stud on the tip and if you are cutting a 3/8” (wide?) dado with a 5/8” bit, you probably are really cutting a rabbet?

You can easily buy bearings that fit over the bits shaft (1/2” or 1/4”). These have a colllar to hold them in place.

Single bearings can easily be found
Alternatively you can get a rabbet bit set that comes with a variety of tip mounted bearings.

View Ocelot's profile


2317 posts in 3090 days

#3 posted 12-06-2018 10:39 PM

I ordered from Router Bit World.

$1 shipping on all orders means that you can order little things cheaply.

View SMP's profile


1310 posts in 358 days

#4 posted 12-07-2018 04:55 PM

Have ordered from here before. Assuming its a 1/2” shaft bit? Towards bottom of page:

View AM420's profile


226 posts in 836 days

#5 posted 12-07-2018 06:26 PM

Have ordered from here before. Assuming its a 1/2” shaft bit? Towards bottom of page:


Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics