Bits to Buy

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  • #30530

    Benjamin
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    Hello, I was wondering if you guys could advise me in what bits to buy? I am currently planning to work with wood and acrylic. Right now, smoothing and engraving wood is the most important thing. Acrylic is currently just something I want to experiment with. I have browsed through the selection of bits from this site, but I am curious which bits and such are key for most jobs.

    Such as roughing and getting fine details. Do I just need maybe 5 different types of bits, more, or less. I don’t want to be limited, but I also don’t want to spend more than I need to for now.

    At some point, I may try aluminum, but that is a ways down the road. Any bit of advice would be welcome for any bits that I need to buy. Thank you for your time and advice, I hope that you have a great day! 🙂

    #30551

    Barry
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    All mine are 2 flute downcut. I have 1/16″ flat and ball. 1/8″ flat and ball. 1/4″ flat. A really expensive engraving bit that I broke the tip off of in less than 20 seconds. And a resurfacing bit that I haven’t used yet. I’ve also tried a V bit for a standard handheld router. With these I’ve cut plywood, mdf, acrylic, and aluminum.

    #30555

    Dalton Porter
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    Do you guys use all the same shank size? like 1/4″ shank with 1/16 bit? or do you swap the collets?

    #30556

    Barry
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    I swap collets. I have a quarter inch and eighth inch. The sixteenth is on eighth inch shank.

    #30587

    Vincent Pollaro
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    I have some from here and some from the seller drillman1 on eBay, whom I would recommend for a nice variety and good prices. The bits I use most commonly are the 1/4″ and 1/8″ 2-flute flat end mills. I also have 1/8″ 30 and 45 degree v-bits, which are great for carving and detail work. The best buy I made was a 50-piece carbide end mill machining kit from the eBay seller for $39 (used, but all bits are still nice and sharp). Goes down to 1/32″, which I actually found very useful for cutting densely packed parts out of thin stock that my 2.8w laser cannot get through.

    #34845

    Benjamin
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    I apologize for not responding sooner, life got hectic. Thank you so much for your replies. This is a lot of great info. 🙂

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