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In choosing a bit for any application, always select one with the shortest cutting edges and the shortest overall length that will reach the required cut depth. Excessive length intensifies deflection and vibration, which degrade cut quality and lead to tool breakage.
A single-flute bit should be used where cut speed is more important than cut finish. Making one cut per revolution is faster than making two or three. Improved chip clearance is possible with a single flute configuration. The result: fast cuts.
Use a two-flute where fine finish is paramount. Two flutes balance the bit; eliminating tat degrades the cut finish. Two cuts per revolution yield a smooth surface, but feed rate is slightly reduced.
This bit’s specially designed carbide center tip enhances the speed of plunge cuts. At the same time, it extends the life of the cutting edges by reducing the stress of plunge cuts on their tips, making it Ideal for mortising and other plunging operations.
These plunge bits are specifically designed for high production operations, where long tool live is the primary concern. The higher hook angle produces a more aggressive cutting action in dense and abrasive materials, including solid wood, MDF, plywood, acrylics (Plexiglas) and other difficult to machine materials. The result is a faster feed rate without significant compromise of cut quality.
Production Shear Bits Straight Plunge 3° Down-Shear
Excellent for working composition board and melamine, this bit cuts with a shearing action, cycling very slightly downward to prevent chipping and tearing of the surface veneer or coating. It augers chips away from the router. Designed primarily for production applications where the router is above the work.
Application: Same as sown-shear listed above, but with up-shear design to pull chips away from the cut. Can be used inverted as in a router table. Straight ground (not radial ground) for highest quality cut and fastest feed rate.
Opposite-Shear Staggered Tooth
A stagger-tooth bit has two cutting edges, each only half the flute length, located 180° apart, one high, and one low. The result is a tool that combines the speed and chip clearance of a one flute bit with the strength and balance of a two flute bit. This opposite shear configuration features a down-shear edge and an up-shear edge. On a through cut, it shears down on both surfaces at the same time. It is excellent for working double sided melamine, plywood, laminates, and veneers, as well as solid surface materials.
Spiral Flute Plunge Solid Carbide
Spiral flute bits combine a shearing action in cutting with an augering action in chip clearance. The shearing action yields an especially clean, accurate cut; wile the angering action clears chips from the cut. The up cut shears from the bottom up, pulling chips from the bottom up, thus allowing deeper penetration with less stress on the on the tool. An excellent choice for mortising.
The down-cut cuts from the surface down, leaving a smooth edge at the surface. Special unique carbide grade increased clearance geometry and razor sharp cutting edges with polished flutes provides a superior finish and longer tool life. Special unique carbide grade for longer lifetime in abrasive materials. These bits are great for production settings and excellent for creating grooves and dado cuts in softwood, hardwoods, plywood and composite materials. Primarily used on CNC machines and other automatic routers. Also can be used with hand held and table mounted portable routers.
Spiral Flute Plunge Solid Carbide for Solid Wood
Specially designed for speed and finish when working with solid hard woods. The combination of acute spiral flute shear angles with face ground helix yield high feed rates, fast plunge action, quick direction changes, deep penetration and mirror finish.