Power Carving Machine Bits
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MaterialsBits can be made of carbide, steel, aluminum oxide, stone, and man-made stone. The material of the bit will determine what kind of surface it leaves behind. Coarse bits remove wood faster, but leave a rougher surface, while finer bits take longer to remove wood, but leave a smoother surface.
Shapes and SizesBits come in many different shapes, including ball, cylinder, flame, pear, bull nose, large taper, small taper, oval, inverted cone, and disc. The shape of the bit will determine the type of cut made to the wood carving, and many shapes have specific purposes. Larger bits are typically used for roughing out carvings, while smaller bits are used for detail work.
Shank DiameterThe shank is the piece that connects the rotary power carver to the bit. Shanks come in a variety of diameters; the larger the size of the bit head, the larger the shank diameter. Flexible shaft machines can accept any shank diameter when equipped with a complementary collet, while micro motors can accept shank diameters of 1/8 inches and 3/32 inches. If you wish to use other diameters in a micro motor, additional collets can be purchased.
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