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Re: Tool Question

Original poster: Terry Fritz <teslalist-at-twfpowerelectronics-dot-com>


At 08:52 PM 6/25/2004, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>Tonight, my Craftsman router puked a good sized fireball at me.  As it's 
>30-40 years old, I'm going to replace it.  Any ideas on a good 
>router.  I'm thinking about Porter Cable or DeWalt.

I like Dewalt and parts and info on the net are a bit easier to get if 
needed.  Makita is nice if you want Japanese stuff...  Don't go to Harbor 
Freight ;-))

>I have never seen a tougher job than routing UHMW.  Even carbide bits have 
>a tough time on it.  It seems soft until you try to cut it.  Routing a 
>primary form into a 3/4" sheet is easier said than done.  Should look cool 
>when I get it done.

UMHW is like chewing gum.  4 million atom long molecules and stuff...  You 
may actually be far better off with a simple tool steel "very aggressive - 
super sharp" bit coated with light oil.  You have to "slice" it like a 
razor...   It has 600+% elongation even at high velocity, so you are not 
going to "tear" it...



>David E Weiss