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router bits
« on: March 23, 2019, 04:31:13 PM »
ANY SUGGESTIONS ON ROUTER BITS FOR CUTTING IN MDF??

BULL/BALL NOSE AND END MILLS
1/4 SHANK

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Re: router bits
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 04:46:30 PM »
Depends on what you want to do with them.

For general cutting, I use a 2 flute downcut spiral bit.
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Re: router bits
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 04:52:58 PM »
Nothing special, where to buy, what brand! who has the best luck with what!
Just looking for pro's and cons, good luck, bad luck.

Just doing some carving and came across a need for some bull/ ball nose bits to try a different project setup.

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Re: router bits
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 05:30:54 PM »
In America start with bits made by
Whiteside USA router bits
https://www.whitesiderouterbits.com
In Australia
I would use Carbitools
You can change to lower cost brands once you know which shape/model dimension suits you.

In principle,
you need to calculate Spindle Speed and Feed Rate and depth of card for your material
by using a calculator say:
https://pub.pages.cba.mit.edu/feed_speeds/
MDF chipload is listed there.
After calculations, always do a test on scraps to confirm the CALCULATION is correct.

You already have excellent dust system (otherwise I would NOT cut/mill MDF).
Upgrade  to a VFD drive so that Spindle speed can also be controlled by S##### in Gcode.
If you use a router then a table of dial position vs estimated RPM is handy but RPM must be preset before running a job.

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Re: router bits
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 06:08:39 PM »
Yes feeds and speeds .
I just wanted to get some input on bits and brands, success and failure on no brand in particular. 
Who is using what for what. Knowledge


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Re: router bits
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 06:31:58 PM »
Hi,
one of the main uses I have for CNC is PCB isolation routing. While most people use engraving bits for the
purpose I prefer small diameter endmills. I have found an excellent supplier of quality tools (Kyocera Tycom
among others) of small diameter drills and endmills at very fair prices.

https://www.ebay.com/str/carbideplus

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Re: router bits
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2019, 06:59:32 PM »
"no brand" ebay/amazon  two fluted TCT
1. 60deg v-carve bits (1/2" diameter 3/4" diameter or 1" diameter)
2. and most straight TCT bits
Are pretty OK.
(They are easy to make)

I do not have much success with cheap bull nose & spiral bits and precision endmills.

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Re: router bits
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2019, 07:01:10 PM »
Thanks Craig,
That's exactly what i am looking for.
Re: router bits
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2019, 07:22:26 PM »
Hi lumber60,
drillman has quite a range of stuff but it is slanted to PCB manufacture, how much you will find of use for woodworking
purposes I don't know.

The quality and value of the tools he supplies means I keep going back, I've placed a dozen or so orders with him over
several years. His international freight is very reasonable.

I have bought a few Destiny Tools Raptor endmills from him, they are reasonably pricey being a named brand but they are the best
endmills I've ever used in steel, up to and including hardened and tempered (1100 MPa) 4340 chrome-moly steel.

I have also bought from Harvey Tools poly-crystalline diamond tools, very pricey and their international freight is a rippoff,
but great tools and a HUGE selection. I have also bought from Harvey Tools some of their DiBoride coated endmills,
best coating for sticky aluminum I've ever seen.

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Re: router bits
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2019, 07:47:42 PM »
Drillman on EBay for small bits.

Best bang for buck are Yonico on Amazon.
Amana or Whiteside for high quality.
Top of the line are Vortex and Onsrud.
Gerry

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