Carbide Chipping - router bit

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Forum topic by Mark828 posted 01-17-2014 01:52 AM 1367 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2014 01:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: freud router bit carbide question router

Bought this bit a few days ago to plane the surfaces of some boards and that’s all it has been used for. Any idea why it would have chipped towards the top or at all for that matter? Only took passes that we’re no more than a few 16th’s of an inch at a time. Is there some weird stress factor I’m not aware of or did I just get one from a bad batch? Any input would be great. THANKS.

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 02:03 AM

That’s a result of a fracture caused by poor handling.

Call the manufacturer or retailer. They will probably replace it.

That’s often a sign the bit was dropped onto a hard surface.

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 02:10 AM

Judging by the scratch right above it, it looks consistent with something hitting it and making the scratch at the same time. Where or when that happened who knows. you may have even done it with the wrench when tightening it and didn’t even know it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 02:20 AM

That’s true I didn’t even consider that. It hasn’t been out of the router since I put installed it the other day until now. I really can’t see myself needing the full length of that bit so if no one thinks it will jeopardize the strength of the rest of the bit I’ll probably just leave it be.

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 02:20 AM

I’ve seen a couple of reviews about Freud’s quality not being as good as it once was, perhaps this is further evidence that may be true?

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 02:35 AM

If the bit was OK when you got it, it is probably not the fault of Freud or the merchant. All of my Freud bits are extremely well packaged and would be difficult to be damaged in the packaging. I agree that ti could be something like your wrench hitting it when you were tightening the collet.

I hope that you did not really mean a few 16ths at a time as if you took of 2/16 of an inch that is an 1/8” and is a pretty big cut for a router bit.

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 02:53 AM

Yeah that wording is misleading, meant that more in terms of 1/32 of an inch. The more I think about it I believe it was probably my fault with the wrench. I know it came in perfect condition which is why I was confused, the majority of my blades, and cutting tools are Freud and have had zero problems. Nothing to see here folks, just some learning in progress.

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 10:26 PM

I don’t use Freud bit anymore! I typically use Eagle America but they we mail order and the Freud was available locally so I bought some to my disappointment.

I am skeptical of Eagle America as they were recently purchased by MLCS. Eagle America always had very good bits and I have not bought any since they were bought out.

I now use Onsrud, Whiteside, Niagara (milling cutters), and Amana. I really like the Onsrud Super O bit it cuts everything like butter. I have used my latest Niagara bit but I will very shortly.

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 10:47 PM

Most Eagle America bits are made by Whiteside….I don’t believe that the MLCS purchase of them has changed that.

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 11:01 PM

knotscott, I hope you are correct on that!

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#10 posted 01-20-2014 11:50 PM

Carbide is hard and resists abrasion and dulling, but it is also extremely brittle.

I think you will still be able to enjoy using that bit for many years, for all but the deepest cuts.

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