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Offline rmhinden

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Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« on: February 09, 2020, 08:53 PM »
Based on the long thread one different Festool routes, I wanted to start a thread on sources for 8mm shank router bits.  I have an OF 1010 and like using 8mm bits, but they are hard to find in North America.

So far the 8mm shank bits have found are:

Leigh Tools

They have through dovetail bits 1/4", 5/6", 3/8", 7/16" and 1/2" dovetail bits, and half-blind dovetail bits in 1/2" diameter with 3/4", 5/8", 1/2" 7/16", and 3/8" cutting depths.

Straight bits 5/16" diameter in straight, spiral uncut in steel and carbide.

Festool, not surprisingly sells 8mm shank router bits, for example at:

Amazon Festool Router bits

They have a variety (more than straight and dovetail), many with replaceable cutters, and most quite expensive.  They also have some sets (not sold directly in the US as far as I can tell, for example, here is an eBay listing:

Ebay Festool Router bit set

So far I have some of the Leigh bits and some Festool that I purchased on a trip to Europe and from Mario in the classified section in the FOG.  I would like to get some more.

If you have found other sources of 8mm shank, please add to this thread.

Thanks,
Bob


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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2020, 09:10 PM »
@xedos Here you go.
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Offline RustE

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Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 09:54 PM »
CMT makes router bits with 8mm shanks. Ordered a few more today from Amazon.co.uk. Just give some though about what you need or want because shipping adds $15-$20 USD.

Ad Edit:
You will want to use the European catalog, not the U.S catalog, to find the part numbers.
https://www.cmtorangetools.com/eu-en/industrial-router-bits
« Last Edit: February 09, 2020, 10:00 PM by RustE »

Offline simonh

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 04:41 AM »
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Offline xedos

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2020, 10:30 AM »
Your local (USA) CMT dealer has the ability to order 8mm bits from the master catalog.  You might have to educate them on this and have the part numbers you want from the Worldwide section.  Haven't done this is a few years so no guarantees.

Amana carries a few 8mm bits in their catalog.

Trend has a good selection , but not easily available to USA.

Whiteside will make you whatever you want as long as you're willing to wait and pay.


JVL- Europe has a big catalog and will ship to USA

The two biggest USA sources for 8mm shank are:

Lee Valley - quite extensive selection.  Rob is a member here, easy ordering, and if he doesn't have it - you probably don't really need it.

eBay - selection seems unlimited and prices are dirt cheap for the asian import stuff that will do you a project or two.  You'll have to plan ahead as most stuff will take a couple of weeks to reach you, but prices can't be beat.  You'll also find top flight stuff every once in a while.


Offline ElectricFeet

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 02:54 PM »
Based on the long thread one different Festool routes, I wanted to start a thread on sources for 8mm shank router bits.  I have an OF 1010 and like using 8mm bits, but they are hard to find in North America.

I share your sentiments, but strangely enough, they are sometimes hard to find in Europe too! I'm in Italy (home of CMT), yet have to resort to buying online because my local DIY shops/sheds tend to stock only 6mm, 6.35mm (1/4"), and 12.7 (1/2"). 12mm are pretty rare on the ground too.

I ended up buying a 1/4" collet, as sometimes it's just too hard to get what I want in 8mm. I still use the 8mm where I can -- it's bound to be more stable, after all -- but I had to give up on being purist about it in the end.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2020, 03:24 AM »
I ordered a ton of Festool branded 8mm shank router bits from German and UK Amazon at some point.   I know, I know, I took advantage of listing errors and Festool has territorial borders in their contracts.  Boo hoo, they don’t sell them in the USA.  Fair play.  Great router bits.

Offline thudchkr

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2020, 01:47 PM »
Have ordered a lot of mine from https://www.fine-tools.com/fraeser.html

Been very happy with the selection that I was unable to find elsewhere.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2020, 05:08 PM »
Have ordered a lot of mine from https://www.fine-tools.com/fraeser.html

Been very happy with the selection that I was unable to find elsewhere.

They have great descriptions of the bits too. Thinking particularly the spiral cutters.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: Sources for 8mm shank router bits
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2020, 12:17 AM »
Have ordered a lot of mine from https://www.fine-tools.com/fraeser.html

Been very happy with the selection that I was unable to find elsewhere.

My experiences buying from Dieter-Schmid (although some years ago) were positively excellent. 
Those Sistemi Klein bits should be as good as Freud or CMT (if not, better).