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Offline Steven Owen

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I ordered the Freud Incra Router bit set from Amazon.  The quality of the router bits are amazing but the vase they came in, well not so much.  I drew some blood trying to wiggle out a bit from the case.  The bits are wedge into the plastic holes pretty good.  It would’ve been better off they came in a plastic pack.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to safely remove the bits that are wedged in a poor designed Freud Router bit caring case?
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Offline bnaboatbuilder

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Thick leather work gloves. I have to do that sometimes with large bits that get stuck in the one-off packages.
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Offline justaguy

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The wood has probably expanded due to humidity and is squeezing the plastic bit inserts. You have a food dehydrator?

Get some heavy leather gloves and grab the bit. Try to focus on spinning the bit not pulling on it. Once it starts rotating apply a little upward pressure and work like you are unscrewing it. Otherwise, try to work a small standard screwdriver under the plastic bit insert and see if you can lever it out of the wood.

My last idea would be some rubber fuel hose cut into small sections and slipped over the jaws to a set of pliers. Use the pliers to "unscrew" the bits like described above.

Offline rst

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Wood expansion is probably not the problem, I have a couple cutter sets and those holders are tight even in plastic cases.  I've had this extraction problems with my Eliminator chucks already, the set screw scours the shaft making it problematic to remove.  I use a pair of slip joint pliers and judicially grabbing the bits, avoiding the carbide.  Profile bits are much easier, I just pry under the flats, again avoiding the carbide.  You should be able to grab these by the shanks protruding above the holders.
« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 06:27 PM by rst »

Offline SRSemenza

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Iv'e had this with quite  a few  cases mostly all plastic. I use soft jaw pliers and pull while twisting.

Seth

Offline Michael Kellough

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More likely wood shrinkage is the problem. If Seth’s method doen’t work might have to wait until summer.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Would be nice to have a push feature from the bottom  [eek]

Drill a hole through each inserts and make a pin you could fit under to push up the bits, that way you can use your bits all year long [big grin]

Mario
« Last Edit: March 21, 2018, 08:47 AM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Joe Felchlin

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I love my Freud router bits. Would’nt use any other.
But... The way they’re so “safely” packaged is, indeed, often a problem.
I grab the “rounded” (non-sharp) sides of the bit -
And wiggle it back and forth.
This loosens/breaks the shaft free - Just a little.
Then I wrap a rag around the “working” part of the bit (to protect it) -
And use a set of pliers to rotate it back and forth - Pulling it up and out.
After a time or two, it’s no longer a problem.
As Sedge says: “Hope this helps.”
Joe
« Last Edit: March 21, 2018, 09:22 PM by Joe Felchlin »
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Offline Steven Owen

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Thanks guys.  These are all good idea.  It beats drawing blood just to get a Router bit out of the box. 
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Thanks guys.  These are all good idea.  It beats drawing blood just to get a Router bit out of the box.

Or worse  [eek] Would not take much for a carbide bit to slice deep.


Seth

Place the entire case in the freezer for several hours.  That may help.

Offline Steven Owen

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I plan to build a “jewelry case” Router bit storage into a cabinet that I plan to build into the IncraLS table stand.  The case won’t matter once I get them out.
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