Torque Workcentre at work.. #33: What cutter?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 10-15-2010 10:45 PM 5648 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In answer to a question from LJ Sharon aka PurpLev.... I took some close up pics of the Carb-i-tool 55 mm 3 flute surfacing cutter… this bit has 3 rotatable replaceable carbide tips…. as they dull or are damaged you loosen of the holding screw with the tool supplied and rotate 90 degrees to a new face… when all 4 are used… just replace for a few dollars each.
This is a fairly powerful router bit and it is advised only to use it in some form of jig… such as the “Torque Workcentre or maybe on a router sled…
You probably see that this has been used… in fact it is the original bit I bought with the machine… just about ready to replace the tips.. after over 12 months…

It has a 1/2 shaft and due to the diameter of the cutter,ideally, should be used with a variable speed router… that said I had no problems with my Makita 3612 single speed … I have just up graded to the new variable speed Makita and if the client requires a router with the TWC I recommend and supply the new Makita Variable Speed…[made in Japan] I get a good price from my local Power Tool shop… Trademan's Toolbox in Morayfield.
Although any GOOD quality router… at least 2 HP or more if possible…..would be suitable.
These bits are available from Carb-i-tool in Melbourne, Australia and Torque supplies the cutters as an option with the TWC at a discount.

If you follow the link and watch the last video on the TWC page there is a close up at around the 1 minute mark.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 11:07 PM

Thanks Larry
I saw a pic of this the other day on the TWC website and thought it would be great for surfacing my cutting boards before they go to the sander. I was going to drop you a line and see where you can get these from but I guess purplev beat me to it. Now to find out if they ship to the states. Here is a link to the exact page in the cab-i-tool catalog for this bit for others who want to see the specs.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 03:01 AM

Lookin good, wish I had room for that :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 11:25 AM

Now for the question on everyone’s lips but that nobody is crass enough to ask, so I will…

How much? (holding my breath.)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 12:02 PM

The Cutter retails for about AU$180.00 but when you buy the TWC… only AU$150.00 as an optional extra…
With the Aussie dollar SO strong…. it works out about the same…. in US dollars.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 10-16-2010 10:47 PM

Thanks Mate!

This looks like a a great cutterhead to safely (welll, compared to a planer that is) surface end grain cutting boards and similar applications.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-16-2010 11:29 PM

Also great for flattening table tops, benchess and slabs… the arm can be swung out the back of the machine for work that won’t fit on the bench top..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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