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Forum topic by ibewjon posted 09-14-2019 08:17 PM 279 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2019 08:17 PM

Does any company sell left (ccw) rotation router bits? I can buy the router, which could eliminate climb cuts, if there are any bits available. The seller also has a Stanley router that is so heavy it has a lifting eye built into the top. It must be a production machine from a factory.

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#1 posted 09-14-2019 09:14 PM

Is this for a hand held or table mount router? Cant you just move the router or work piece in the opposite direction? You probably know what you’re talking about so my question might be a silly one.

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#2 posted 09-14-2019 11:05 PM

The rotation is opposite direction. I thought it could be useful where standard rotation tears the grain. Like starting dovetails or routing inside round or oval picture frames.

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#3 posted 09-15-2019 06:06 AM

Whiteside, Amana, Southeast Tool, and Vortex make LH bits for CNC tools? They are primarily sold in straight edge, plunge cut format, or solid carbide spirals. Can not remember seeing any profile bits in LH or CCW rotation?

Carbide Processors sells Whiteside, SE Tool, and Vortex:

Here is another online source for various brands:

Hope this is what you wanted?

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#4 posted 09-15-2019 12:08 PM

Reversing rotation puts you into shaper territory. Many shapers can reverse spindle rotation and cutters are readily available ground for either CW or CCW rotation. Some you can just flop over (like rabbeting cutters).

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#5 posted 09-15-2019 12:25 PM

Yes, my shaper is reversible. I see comments about making a cling cut to avoid tearout when cutting dovetails. I thought that this could eliminate that if bits were available. I have never heard of a router turning this direction. There had to be bits a one-time. I do know there are left hand bits for machinists. I won’t be buying the router. Thanks all.

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