Bit of a test day today (isn’t every day?!) Wanted to see how some new bits from Tools Today would go with the nested projects I have been working on recently. Today’s test was on a scary looking bit – but not scary because it was big and mean looking – quite the opposite.
This bit is super fine, and a whole 1/16″ (1.6mm) diameter solid carbide cutting tip. It looks way too fine and fragile to use, let alone in a CNC router! However, I wanted to see if it could work, as it is currently the largest bit that I have that will cut 3mm MDF and not create oversized, and therefore sloppy joints. This bit in question is the 45190 Amana Tool straight cutter – 2 flute, and is not up/down or compression.
Thought it would break in a heartbeat, but hoped not. Even so, I slowed the feed speed down to 50mm/sec.
The result? Not only did it survive perfectly well, it cut really cleanly, and did not have a tendency to try to lift or move the MDF around, even when the distances between components was at a minimum.
I’ll get more detailed views (and video) of the bit in action at another time. What I was left with after my testing was this fellow. The bit performed admirably – I’m sure they have a reasonably high attrition rate, but so far there have been no dramas, or casualties.