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Posted on Cutter Blades for 45 and 55 Stanley combo

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 03:07 PM

I spent a little time this morning trying all the cutters from the 45 and 55 in both planes.

If you go to Stan Faulin’s ToolTrip page:
You will find instructions for the 45 and 55 (drill on down through the Stanley links on the left). Those instructions have a page with pics of all the cutters available for each one and numbers that will make the following a bit clearer:

The cutters for the 55 that are identical to those offered on the 45 all work – the sash, mach, slitting, fillester are all the same. The plow/dado cutters are all the same (#10-19). The beading cutters #21-29 are also the same. These are all interchangeable.

The (55) cutters 212, 222, 232 are reeding cutters and are identical to the special cutters offered on the 45 so they work too.

The (55) cutters 32, 34, 36, 38 are fluting cutters and are identical to special cutters offered for the 45 so they work. In use, these start with a light cut but once you reach a certain point you may need to extend the cutter outwards using the depth knob.

The (55) cutters that are significantly longer on one side won’t work in the 45 because the skate on the 45 can’t be adjusted for depth. This includes #40/41 (Chamfer) 102/104/106/82/84/86/93/95 (fancy ogees) 62/64/ (quarter hollows)

The(55) cutters that shouldn’t work, but you can get a little use out of them by setting shallow cut, and then slowly advancing the cutter until it is farther out would include 73/75 (quarter rounds) and the hollow/round series 43/45/47/53/54/55/57. On these, the wider the cutter the more pronounecd the curve so the more it sticks out, and the less wiggle room you have to use them.

Bottom line, if you take a pic of the 45 cutters that are available, to include the special cutters, then anything that matches from the 55 pile will work. And if you find a one-off cutter (I’ve got a few user-made ones) then as long as the outer edges are roughly the same length and the middle isn’t too much longer than the outer edges, then you should be able to use it.

And just to throw it out there – the cutters from the #46 won’t work in the 45 or the 55, because they are skewed cutters instead of straight.

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