|Forum topic by PRGDesigns||posted 12-03-2012 05:31 AM||735 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
12-03-2012 05:31 AM
Since acquiring my CNC, I have had my greatest success with end mill bits. I purchased my original end mill bits from Magnate and was fairly satisfied with the results once I narrowed down the feed rate and spindle speed for each different size. Along the way, those bits have hit the stray screws,, etc. in the learning process and I felt I needed to purchase some additional end mill bits in my existing sizes and/or increase my bit diameter size selection.
I looked at Magnate again and was ready to purchase a significant number of bits when I received an e-mail from EBay on an unrelated matter, which I was interested in. While logging into EBay, I received a popup suggestion for potential purchases based upon my previous EBay activity. The suggestion was for some end mill bits sold by The Crown Attitude, which is part of the R.L. Schmitt Co. in Livonia, MI.
Out of curiosity I looked at what they offered and eventually decided to buy some packs of various size bits based upon the price, quantities available, and free shipping, a sure hook for my thrifty ways. I called the Crown Attitude to inquire about expedited service, since it was an upcharge for each set of bits. Being my usual thrifty self, I wasn’t about to pay for expedited services on 4 individual items, when I knew they would all arrive in the same very small package. I spoke with a representative named “Bruce” about the expedited shipping issue. To resolve the issue “Bruce” offered to overnight the bits to me and include one of their new 1 flute end mill bits designed for MDF and/or other rough duty cutting.
The bits arrived much quicker than I anticipated and in excellent condition. The bits were well packaged with all of the technical specifications printed on a label in a package that organized the bits for safe keeping. The packing slip that came with the package also had “Bruce’s” name on it – Mr. Bruce Schmitt to be exact, a principal in the organization. I looked over my purchase and then utilized some of the new 4 flute end mill bits on a project, and also took a peak at the 1 flute bit from afar.
The new bits were far superior to my original Magnate bits, either because they hadn’t hit any screws or experienced any of the violence from my initial miscues with the CNC. I could definitely push the Attitude bits faster and harder than the Magnates, with my current knowledge base, acknowledging my steep learning curve in the beginning. With my initial success, I couldn’t wait to use that new 1 flute bit any longer, so I set up to cut some MDF and loaded up the bit.
My callused finger slightly brushed the 1 flute bit and the next thing you know I am pulling back a bloody finger and it was a gusher. Just slightly brushing the bit cut through my calluses and skin in a flash. That bit was scary sharp. I don’t have razors I shave my face with, which are that sharp. I have handled hundreds of router bits in a similar fashion w/o ever having that happened. It was still bleeding the next morning, which is very unusual for my typical finger injuries. After bandaging the laceration to keep blood from getting everywhere, I set about cutting the 3/4” MDF. The bit was amazing. No slowing down, no squealing, no hesitancy, just flat out cutting. I was also very careful handling that bit on the way out of the machine, and every time I show it off to a visitor.
Bottom line is – The R. L. Schmitt Co. has my end mill bit business going forward. Service, quality, price, a real human being answers the phone with excellent technical advice, and they are made in the USA. In my opinion, that is a go to vendor for my business.
Disclaimer – I have no connections with, nor am I affiliated with the R.L. Schmitt Co. in any way, except as an extremely satisfied arms length customer. This is strictly my experience. Your experience may be different.
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