Why Should You Use Vortex Solid Carbide Sprial Tooling?

So why should you use Vortex Solid Carbide spiral tooling, because some of the very unique tool cutting properties. Vortex Solid Carbide spiral tools create the best edge qualities of ANY cutting tool design available. Also, solid carbide router bits produce outstanding edge qualities at the fastest rates possible with any type of routing tools. The following information was taken from the Vortex Tool Company catalog:



Upcut Spiral Bitupcut spiral

  • This is a right hand upcut spiral bit with a right hand rotation cut. The upcut spiral will cause the chips to be “augered” upwards during cutting. This is particularly useful in slotting cuts or where chip removal is a problem. Upcut spiral bits have a tendency to “lift” the part in some cases. Additional holding power or stepped cutting depths may be required.
  • Solid Carbide upcut spiral bits will leave a smooth cut on the bottom of a thru cut and tend to leave some fuzzing on the top edge in certain materials.
  • Upcut spirals straight plunge/drill and have good end cutting geometry.



Downcut Spiral Bitdowncut spiral

  • A downcut spiral ( right or left hand) will have a downward chip flow that will also help in holding down the stock. The edge quality on the part is smooth on top and tends to be fuzzy on the bottom of certain materials.
  • The downward chip flow can sometimes cause clogging problems particularly in a blind slotting situation. Downcut bits tend to preload the routing system and can substantially improve part hold down in marginal routing setup.
  • Downcut tools can not be used to plunge straight into wood.




Compression Spirals          compression bit

  • A compression spiral is designed with upcut and downcut flutes. The upcut and downcut flutes compress the material being cut preventing chipping or fuzzing on the top and bottom of the cut.
  • Compression spirals are used extensively for cutting double sided laminates, but can be used on natural woods where edge fuzzing is a problem.

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