Bill (in email@example.com) said:
| What I need now is the opinion of others as to the sizes and styles
| and manufacturers of bits for mortising with a horizontal router.
| The router in question is a single speed HF 2.5hp - 1/2" collet
| machine that I bought too quickly (I was ticked at Woodcraft for
| advertising the PC 7518 on sale but not having even one I could
| hold to get a sense of it. Dummy me, I wasn't sceptical enough. I
| just assumed that any router with that much hp would have some way
| of varying the speed. [Note to self:
| Bill, READ the steenkin' box!] Nope. Not this one.) clocking in at a
| claimed 23,000 rpm. WAAAY too fast for the raised panel bits I had
| in mind for it. WAAAY too fast.
I don't think you did as badly as you think. HF also sells a router
speed control that /may/
work with that router - I bought a pair of
'em on sale at $20 each and mine work with the routers I bought 'em
for. Try the speed control out with your router at HF before you buy
| What I THINK I need is a straight cut up-spiral bit (to pull the
| wood toward the router fence) that comes on a 1/2" shank in a few
| sizes (1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2) with the greatest depth of cut I
| can buy through normal channels. Probably carbide inserts or brazed
| carbide faced.
Check prices on solid carbide end mills. I favor 3-fluted end mills
from KBC Tools (because they're sharp, they hold up well, and they're
less expensive than router bts) - which might be of interest to you
because KBC's primary location is in the Detroit area. End mill shanks
are normally the same diameter as the cutting edges, so you may need
to shell out for router bits for sizes that don't match your collets.
The spiral up-cut is the bit you're after.
DeSoto, Iowa USA