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Forum topic by dooer posted 03-29-2016 02:20 AM 778 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2016 02:20 AM

I’m a new owner of a Axiom Pro6 and I’m trying to get a handle on all things bit related. I’m a retired carpentry contractor transitioning into woodworking. My primary uses at this time are to cut out and embellish furniture parts. I’m sure some signs are going to be made as well.

I’m looking for a source that shows me what bits do what and what they are best used for. I would also like info on cutting rates and speeds.

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 03:09 AM

Any of the big woodworking & tool shops will have hundreds of bits with explanations as to use. Many will be variations on a theme like 1/4”, 3/8”, & 1/2” cove bits.

Do not waste your $$ on HSS (High Speed Steel) bits, they won’t last a project. Buy carbide.

Bit speeds are normally part of the bit packaging. Bits 1” or smaller use full speed. 1-2” bits half speed, bits 2”+ at the slowest. Feed rate depends on cut depth & height, type of wood, etc.

Solid carbide spiral upcut bits work well in CNC routers. V bits are also commonly used.


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#2 posted 03-29-2016 04:09 AM

Buy your workhorse bits from Onsrud or Vortex and use their documentation to get started with speed selection. Bear in mind that if you don’t have sufficient horsepower, you’ll have to stick with small diameter bits or slow down the feed rate.

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 05:36 AM

I also use quite a few Onsrud bits but I have also used Niagara as well as many others including my router bits!
Stay with brand name bits, they may cost a little more but they are worth it as a shattering bit is very scarry!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 04:04 AM

MadMark, buying only carbide bits can be expensive particularly when they are not the best bit for every job.

HSS bits are inherently sharper and if used on the proper materials, at the proper speeds/feeds they can be very useful on many projects.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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