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"O" Flute vs "V" Flute

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 17:55 Comments comments (106)

What’s the Difference Between an “O” Flute and a “V” Flute Router Bit?

 

The letter designation “O” or “V” refers to the geometry of the flute, area behind the cutting edge, of the router bit. A “V” flute has a 90˚ angle behind the cutting edge. While an “O” flute has a very curved flute. The next question, “which geometry is better?” depends entirely upon what...

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Length and Diameter

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 17:45 Comments comments (0)

How Do I Select the BEST Router Bit for a Job? – Part 4

 

Hopefully this series on router bit selection has been helpful. Like I have said in previous posts pretty much all router bits can be used as general purpose. But, when we start to understand the nuanced differences between them, it enables us to make better selections for improved edge quality, speed or even bit longevity.

 

Choosing the length and diameter may seem like th...

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Router Bit Geometry

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 17:45 Comments comments (0)

How Do I Select the BEST Router Bit for a Job? – Part 3

 

Let’s recap what we’ve talked about so far:

  • CNC Machines generally use Solid Carbide bits
  • Hand routing generally requires High Speed Steel
  • Carbide tipped bits are a good way to save money, especially in larger diameters
  • Heat destroys bits
  • The more cutting edges you have the faster you can go
  • You need a chip large enough to rem...

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How Many Flutes (Cutting Edges) Do I Need?

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 17:40 Comments comments (0)

How Do I Select the BEST Router Bit for a Job? – Part 2

Hopefully part 1 was a helpful start for selecting the best router bit. Our approach for selecting the right router bits is to use the information we do have to narrow the field. That way when we get to options where we don’t have the information our field of options is smaller. Then picking based on price or availability won’t box us into a bad place.

 

H...

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Solid Carbide, Carbide Tipped and High-Speed Steel

Posted on 30 July, 2020 at 17:35 Comments comments (0)

How Do I Select the BEST Router Bit for a Job? - Part 1

Router cutting has come a long way since the early days of carbide tipped and high-speed steel bits to the purpose designed composite cutters we have today. There can be no arguing that there are a lot of different router bits to choose from, many of them seemingly overlapping, being designed to do the same thing! In a world with so much confusion how are you ever supposed to know which router bit to sele...

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