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Old 02-08-2016, 05:48 PM
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I purchased the bit kit with mine, everything is still cutting nicely.
The only bit getting dull is the .25 up cut. 5 months on a bit is pretty good I think.

I would highly recommend getting the kit, it's been a great investment for me.

I recommend you hit up Joey on here for the discount on http://www.usroutertools.com
Ive bought most of my bits from there and been more than pleased.
Plus it helps a fellow cammaster user. He's helped me with bit selection.

When I started I figured 5 or 10 bits would be plenty, I was an idiot. I have over 20 now and just bought more (1.5 inch barley twist) need to pick up 1/16 and 1/32 soon, that Amana v bit cutter, etc...

One of the important things I've learned is the settings in aspire and vcarve for tools is conservative and you can probably run faster. Feeds and speeds are a good guide to start. Precisionbits.Com has a good method for finding the sweet spot for f and s.

I was and still am wildly naive.
So, I figured that I would need 20 plus bits based on what I have read. I looked at usroutertools.com, unfortunately for an online company the prices are just not competitive compared to same part number via simple google search... I guess it depends on his discount; I will reach out...

Thank you for your input!
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:28 PM
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Jason...
I agree there is a place in the rack for cheap tools, but don't overlook the value of service. Along with the 10% discount for CAMaster Owners, Joey IS a CAMaster Owner. Can you email the online bit stores and ask them what bit to use on a given material and have it be the right one for your machine? There are cheap suppliers and good suppliers. See below, I voted with my checkbook.

Be careful, bit purchasing can become addictive. 20 is such a conservative number! I think higher.
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:14 PM
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Yeah I am sure I will buy more bits than that.

Customer service based on my current experience with Joey is not something I can be sold on at the moment so I am now looking at cost. Apples for apples usrouterbits is higher.

Thanks for the response and that is a sweet collection of bits... looks like you gotta knock the wax of some of them though... :)
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:38 AM
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I use 2 flute HSS end mills whenever I can. They are inexpensive because they are used in high volume in industry. Carbide will last longer, but costs more. I tend to go for the HSS bit as I'm not usually pushing it (heat) so much.

I get mine here for the most part: mcmaster.com

Mcmaster, like MSC or Grainger, is a distributor. Sometimes you can find better deals than them, although they are usually very good on prices considering their selection and that they don't get you on shipping.

I've found maritool.com is a good place. 2 flute 1/16" end mill for like $7 and the drill size chart they send you for free is very nice.

My advice would be to buy less tools to start with. I have a dozen I was sure I would use, and have been sitting untouched a year later. What I use all the time: 1/8" and 1/4" and chamfer bit.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:27 AM
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When I design a logo for a client I can usually get it in less than 15 minutes... Funny how that works...

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Yep....I've been doing this for close to ten years now and still don't like mine.

Anyone out there get bored feel free to take a crack at it.
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:35 AM
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You have No gallery on the impact site,, it could use some Beef,,

I study sites for what catches my Eye and keep notes, phots catch the eye long before text
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:49 AM
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You have No gallery on the impact site,, it could use some Beef,,

I study sites for what catches my Eye and keep notes, phots catch the eye long before text
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Anyone out there get bored feel free to take a crack at it.
I could not resist the challenge. I have 6 weeks until the beast to arrives so I still have some time to play... based on your current site design I mocked this up...
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