Rated 4 out of 5Â by 1
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Scott There will be blood
I inherited a number of older woodworking power tools from an uncle of mine. In this group of tools was a great early 90's router. It came with a router bit already installed, but, it was rusty and wasn't the size I needed. While scoping out the bits at HD, I came across the Diablo 1/4 in x 1 in carbide straight router bit. It was exactly what I needed. When I got the bit home, I realized I needed to do some maintenance to the old router. I oiled it down, cleaned it off (not in that order) and removed the old bit. Happy with the fact that the old router had some life left in it, I was pleased with the idea of firing it up with a brand new bit installed. That's when I discovered problem number one of two issues with the bit, both having to do with packaging. The bit comes in a modified clam shell that seems to be ultrasonically sealed. It requires the use of either scissors (very sharp scissors) or other blade like instrument to extricate the bit from the packaging. That's when it first drew blood! I opted for the later, a utility knife to free the bit. In doing so, the packaging's resentment for my choice of tools became clear as in one pass of the blade the packaging bit into my finger drawing what to my eyes was nearly a quart of blood. While another man would have been phased by this blood letting I knew that this was just part of working with a bit named "Diablo." After I regained consciousness, and the bit was free of the packaging, I realized there was still one more hurtle for me to free the bit, the holder the bit was standing in. This shouldn't have been a problem, but the stand was relenting to forgo it's hold on "El Diablo." As I pried and prodded the bit with various tools, it struck me that I should just use my fingers and take hold of the bit to remove it. When I came too, I had probably lost another quart of blood, but El Diablo was free!!!
February 25, 2014