I'm in need of a 2" flush trim bit and have been looking at what's offered
from Freud, Jesada, and Whiteside. Whiteside is unique in that they offer a
2 flute and a 3 flute bit. Both are 2" carbide and 1/2" diameter. The
offerings from Freud and Jesada are both 2 flute bits. And, of course, the
Whiteside bit is about 50% pricier.
So the question is, what benefits will I get from spending the extra cash on
the 3 flute Whiteside bit? Less prone to chipout? Easier on the router
Thanks for any input.
Or 33% more depending on how you do your math. Either way, though, what
does this translate to in real terms? Higher maximum feed rate, I suppose.
But that's not much of a selling point for me. What else?
I have bought two Whiteside bits in as many weeks. They seem to be worth
the price, based on reviews I've seen. I tossed around the price issue too,
but I like to buy once and forget it. I also got tired of going to Rockler
and Woodcraft looking for my bits. I found a place online called Ballew
Tool & Saw. They carry Whiteside among others, like Amana and CMT.
Shipping is free over $75.
As for the 3 flute versus 2, if your router is running 10,000 rpm, then
you're running 20,000 teeth/min versus 30,000 teeth/min. Smoother cut?
I like RouterBits.com for Whiteside bits. They have been very good with
both their pricing and their service so far. And yes, I also think you
should get a smoother cut. Same principle as a circular saw blade with
more teeth ...
Nail Bender wrote:
Good question and oddly and totally against the way one would think, IIRC My
Amana catalog indicates that the 1 flute strait cut offers a smoother cut
over the 2 flute bits. Apparently the 1 flute removes waste more
efficiently. I suppose with 1 flute there is more mass in the bit and that
probably equates to less vibration.
It is in the 2002 catalog. Page 4
And to clarify what I said, or meant to say, from the catalog, the single
flute straight plunge bit allows for faster feed rates, greater chip
clearance and maximum stock removal.
Sorry for my incorrect reference to smoother cutting.
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