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    So, looks like I'm going to need some cutting bits in the near future, and as my previous machine used PCB type endmills, its time to get serious.

    Can people recommend a starter collection for playing around in wood? So far I'm thinking:

    • 10mm or 1/2" long straight two flute router bit for hogging material.
    • 90 Degree V-groove bit
    • 60 Degree V-groove bit
    • Ball Nose Endmill - Around 5 or 6mm?
    • Compression Bit - Around 5/6mm?


    Can anyone flesh out details on that list I should be thinking about.

    Anything else that I should consider essential?

    What materials should I go for? Is Carbide too much?

    Where should I go? Any bay of fleas / Aliexpress recommendations? Any decent UK suppliers?

  2. #2
    Everything you might need: https://www.shop-apt.co.uk

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by phill05 View Post
    Everything you might need: https://www.shop-apt.co.uk
    +1 ......and they give some guidance on speeds & feeds on a lot of their cutters, which I've found useful.
    Last edited by Voicecoil; 24-02-2020 at 01:34 PM.

  4. #4
    Just a note. I have recently had some very poor quality cutters from apt. Vibrating even when slowing rpm right down. Most cutters from them have een good though

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by johngoodrich View Post
    Just a note. I have recently had some very poor quality cutters from apt. Vibrating even when slowing rpm right down. Most cutters from them have een good though
    May I ask what shape & size the bad ones were please?

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by johngoodrich View Post
    Just a note. I have recently had some very poor quality cutters from apt. Vibrating even when slowing rpm right down. Most cutters from them have een good though
    I have been using from micro size up to 12mm for a number of years and cannot remember having any problems other than my own fault braking cutters

  7. #7
    It was on 3 flute 45 degree 12mm aluminium cutter. All other sizes were fine. Maybe just a bad batch ground up. They replaced them once I told them the issue so can't fault their service at all and the pricing is great

  8. #8
    Thanks for the suggestions - just ordered a selection to get me started.

  9. Maybe you can try ARDEN V Groove Router Bits later, ARDEN is a famous brand with reliable quality.

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