The insert option pictured below features a selection of insert knives that are

The insert option pictured below features a selection

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The insert option pictured below, features a selection of insert knives that are either straight, up- or down shear or even compression style and can be arranged as needed on the tool body as shown below.. This allows them to be positioned for best possible finish results.
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1-800-544-8436 UPCUT OR DOWNCUT ROUGHING BIT A roughing bit is designed to remove a lot of material quickly, but, as the name implies, it does leave a rough edge which must be cleaned up with a finishing pass using another tool. Typical feed rate for these 3 flute tools is 800 ”/min and up . A very cost effective option is an insert roughing tool (pictured below) which is available with either carbide or diamond (PCD) inserts and provides a tremendous cost saving for high volume operations.
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1-800-544-8436 DIAMOND-TIPPED ROUTER BITS Whether diamond tooling should be a consideration for a particular application is discussed in the next few pages. Diamond router bits come in a variety of styles such as high shear, single flute, two flute or three flute disposable, single segment opposite shear etc. Diamond tools are not all equal. Some are designed to be disposable, others can be sharpened one or more times and these factors should be considered when shopping for PCD tooling.
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1-800-544-8436 NESTING TIPS TO REMEMBER Always adapt the cutting length of the router tool to the panel thickness, i.e. cutting length should be minimally longer than the panel thickness. Always chose the stronger tool, i.e. cut length not too long and diameter not too small. Material hold-down must fit the tool. That means, select small diameter tools for parts that are prone to moving. Chip clearance is better on larger diameter tools, therefore when running high feed rates and thicker panels, use a diameter of 5/8 or greater. Select highest accuracy clamping tools. (Heat shrink, Hydro Chuck or Preziso) If using collet chucks, replace collets regularly. (every 500 machine hours!)
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1-800-544-8436 FOR MDF / PARTICLEBOARD CARBIDE OR DIAMOND? There is no debate that PCD (polycrystalline diamond) will outperform solid carbide tooling in wood and composite material by many multiples and be the more economical choice over time. Until recently, there was a good argument to stay away from diamond router bits, because most companies promoting them only offered single flute on diameters of ½” or less. This did not facilitate high feed rates. That has changed with the introduction of 3/8 and ½” PCD bits that are 2-flute! If you want to achieve the best possible tool life and save substantial amounts of money in the process, you would be remiss to not investigate the cost of running a diamond tool for your biggest projects! Whether sizing or profiling, diamond tooling should always be used on homogeneous material and same panel thickness to maximize the tool life and performance. Most diamond tools can be sharpened a few times and will last longest when paired with a heat shrink tool holder for highest accuracy.
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1-800-544-8436 WHEN NOT TO USE DIAMOND TOOLS These are circumstances under which solid carbide bits would be the better choice:
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