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Forum topic by Jerry posted 11-15-2012 02:12 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2012 02:12 AM

We are swapping out our cope stick cutters. I got a good deal on the Mc-50-020 ogee on eBay. It arrived, has 6 cutters but no bearing. I looked it up and bearings are sold separately. Looking at their instructions it does not appear they use a bearing. They show using a slot cutter in the place where I normally would use the bearing. I can see how not using a bearing on the pattern cut might work, but the cope cut should use the beading so the tongue has something to ride on.

Any advice on this cutter would he appreciated. I am thinking I need to order 2 bearings for the pattern and cope cut.

Thanks, Jerry

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net


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#1 posted 11-16-2012 03:01 AM

Apparently no person experienced with these cutters.

I found that no bearing is required or even necessary. A bearing is required when doing work with curves.

The cutters work perfect and leave the cleanest cut. Of course since they are brand new the clean cut is expected. Even the least expensive cutters will leave a very clean cut when they are brand new.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 04:13 AM

I have some of the Freeborn cutters in my PanelMaster made by Hawk and upon looking at them this evening there are no bearings on them either. I agree that when doing curved work they would be necessary. They are pricey as you know. But you gt what you pay for. Here is some info from Bellesaw…..

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 04:23 AM

Thanks Gshepherd, now I don’t think I am talking among myself :)

Yeah, I have never used a cutter without a bearing so it was difficult for me to imagine. But today I built our first door with our new cutter and it worked perfect.

I am very happy with the cutters.

Thanks for the response

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 04:49 AM

What I like about Freeborn Cutters is you can get them sharpened or if you break a tip they can fix them…. It happens but at least when it does they can be fixed….. Also watch out for pitch and keep them clean it reduces heat build up and they will stay sharper longer…..

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#5 posted 11-16-2012 04:52 AM

Yeah, I just found that out today after calling freeborn. I did not realize they could just re tip the cutter body if the blades become damaged. That is very neat.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 04:58 AM

The initial cost makes you grab your butt at first but over the long haul they are worth it… Damn good cutters production quality…... Have you ever used the Top Coat spray that makes your shaper/router top slick? If not look into it you be amazed how well it works and it will not affect the wood at all for finishes. I also use a lubricant that I spray on the cutters themselves that helps reduce pitch and heat.

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 05:04 AM

Yeah, they are expensive for sure. No I have never used any sprays. I should try that though. Anything that can reduce table friction and help the cutter is going to be better. We have a few shapers now but they are all 3 hp. Not bad for most cuts but can push the power limits on panels. I think I will try the sprays you talk about.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 05:13 AM

Bostik Top Coat is excellent, I use it on my shapers both on the table and the fence and you be amazed how well it works.

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#9 posted 11-16-2012 06:22 AM

Some sets don’t use bearings. You use the router table fence for a guide. They work fine, except you can’t cut curved rails with them. For curved top cabinet doors, you need a bit set with bearings.
Good luck

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