Arbors & Bearings
Arbors and bearings are key components in a router. The arbor is the shaft that sits in the middle of the router and spins when the power is on. The bearings fit at the end near the cutting bit and spin to provide a nice guide barrier to do edge work on a project. The bearings on the metal arbors also reduce heat buildup and reduce vibration for more precise cutting. The cutting bit fits inside of a collet, which mounts to the arbor and fits through any of the base plates attached to the router.
There are different sizes of arbors, with the two common sizes being 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch. The 1/2-inch arbors are larger, which helps reduce vibration and heat. Guide bearings also tend to fit better on these bits as well. The 1/4-inch versions are better for routing thinner profiles. It is good to have a variety of both versions for different projects as well as extra router templates. Getting bearings for your arbors that are non-marring will ensure that your work remains clean.
There are a wide variety of cutters and bits to use with your router. Popular types include slot cutters for creating slots, dovetail bits for intricate designs and fluted bits for making grooves in your woodworking projects. There are plenty of other router bits and accessories to choose from. Both of the 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch variety of metal arbors accommodate different bit types.
Arbors and bearings are essential components to have on hand for many different routing jobs. The router is a versatile tool since it uses so many bits and cutters for a plethora of tasks. Choose from our selection of arbors for sale and see the different bits, cutters, and router components we have to complete your next project.