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Posted on Router bit question -- upcut vs. downcut

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 09:07 PM

I believe it is the fact that most spiral bits are made of solid carbide that makes them fragile, not necessarily the upcut/downcut/spiral design.

FWIW, you can get spiral bits in HSS that don’t have the fragility issues of the solid carbide bits. Of course, they won’t stay sharp as long as the carbide ones.

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