Recommended Feeds & Speeds for Solid Carbide Router Bits
Use this chart as a starting point only. Feeds and speeds may vary due to machining limitations. This chart applies if the cutting depth is equal to the bit diameter.
- For cuts depth that is 2 times the bit diameter, reduce chip load by 25%.
- For cut depth that is 3 times the bit diameter, reduce the chip load by 50%
- Example 1: 1/2" spiral compression bit with a recommended chip load of .02; with a cutting depth of 1", the chip load should be .02 x .75( a 25% reduction) = .015
- Example 2: 3/8" spiral compression bit with a recommended chip load of .018; with a 1 1/8" cutting depth (3 times 3/8"), the chip load should be .018 x .5 = .009
Match the feed and speed to the selected chip load:
- To determine the feed and speed to match the chip load for your application, use one of the formulas below that coincide with your preferred variable.
- Feed rate is measured in inches per minute.
Follow these steps to achieve the best tool life and quality:
- use the recommended chip load and increase feed rate until the quality is not acceptable
- decrease the feed rate until preferred part finish is reached
- decrease RPM until part finish weakens
- increase RPM until finish is acceptable
These steps will attain the greatest chip load possible, which will result in a longer tool life, as well as avoiding excessive heat.
***Note: The information provided is a starting point and does not guarantee against tool breakage.***