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Old 02-08-2016, 09:36 AM
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Default BIT KIT - What's in yours?

Ok. There are BITS everywhere! Upcut, Downcut, Endmill, V bit, round nose, fly cut.

What is interesting to me is the broad range $10-$100+ per bit.

My intuition tells me that there is no way possible that the quality gap is that broad. I could be wrong... I just have a hard time comprehending that 10 - $10 bits wont last as long as 1-$100 bit. Or other reasons why... efficiency, quality of cut, etc...

That said, there must be a middle ground.

Where is it?

I saw this video on aluminum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifMn6pHXLMM and the corresponding bits at http://toolinghouse.com/

I thought the price was very reasonable.

Where do you buy "best bang for your buck" bits and what is in your go to toolkit? I have 5 weeks to figure our what and where to get my beginning tools...

I plan to run the gamut as far as goods produced, 3d and v-carved signs, wood, MDF, HDU, some acrylic, and of course aluminum.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 02-08-2016, 09:56 AM
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I buy Atrax solid carbide upcut spiral end mills from Enco. They are made in USA, reasonably priced, and last a long time. Besides that, I only buy them when Enco has a sale of 20% off plus free shipping. My downcut router bits are from Drillman1 on Ebay...made in USA, top quality, good price. About a year ago, on a lark, I bought ten Chinese 60 deg. v-bits for $1 each. I didn't expect much, but was amazed by their polished surface when they arrived. I use them only for engraving my name on my instruments, but after over 1000 engravings, the first bit is still cutting like a champ.
If you are cutting sheet goods all day long, then the expensive cutters might be the way to go. I don't have any experience with that. I cut only solid hardwoods and probably average only 3-4 hours a day of cutting. For my money, with the work I am doing, the bits I buy are the way to go.
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:08 AM
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Charlie , if you don't mind me asking , where did you get the 60* v-bits from ? I am down to my last one .
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Old 02-08-2016, 10:40 AM
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Herb, the seller where I got them doesn't have anything on Ebay right now, but here is a similar offering:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10pcs-Carbid...item35ea024022
They are short, so I made a little extender by center drilling a short piece of drill rod and adding a set screw.
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:30 PM
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I have attached a listing of bits I typically use and the associated feed and speed I cut using them. On the bit listing I including the source for the bits.

I cut mostly 3d plaques and engravings.

Think & Tinker, Ltd (LLC) http://www.precisebits.com/
EM2E4-2500-30V 30 V tip scoring / engraving bit, 0.250in carbide spiral flute, 2.50in (63.5 mm) OAL, 1/4in shank (Excellent bit)

EM2E4-2500-60V 60 V tip scoring / engraving bit, 0.250in carbide spiral flute, 2.50in (63.5 mm) OAL, 1/4in shank (Excellent bit)


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2 x Whiteside Router Bits 1550 V-Groove 60-Degree 1/2-Inch Cutting Diameter and 7/16-Inch Point Length ($19.00)
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File Type: pdf Bit index.pdf (17.7 KB, 69 views)
File Type: pdf Tools-Feeds-Speeds.pdf (18.8 KB, 45 views)
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Old 02-08-2016, 03:45 PM
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WOW Thank you guys so much! This gives me a good place to start!...

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Nice Logo !!
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Old 02-08-2016, 04:55 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by james mcgrew View Post
Nice Logo !!
Thank you! Coming from you, I feel validated.

Funny thing about that logo... I designed no less that 60 iterations before I landed on that one. The name, the logo, the design and cues were 100% deliberate.

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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Old 02-08-2016, 04:56 PM
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I buy Atrax solid carbide upcut spiral end mills from Enco. They are made in USA, reasonably priced, and last a long time. Besides that, I only buy them when Enco has a sale of 20% off plus free shipping. My downcut router bits are from Drillman1 on Ebay...made in USA, top quality, good price. About a year ago, on a lark, I bought ten Chinese 60 deg. v-bits for $1 each. I didn't expect much, but was amazed by their polished surface when they arrived. I use them only for engraving my name on my instruments, but after over 1000 engravings, the first bit is still cutting like a champ.
If you are cutting sheet goods all day long, then the expensive cutters might be the way to go. I don't have any experience with that. I cut only solid hardwoods and probably average only 3-4 hours a day of cutting. For my money, with the work I am doing, the bits I buy are the way to go.
Thank you. Your instruments are truly beautiful works of art... Well done.

Jason
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:24 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.
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