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jwmay

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If you needed a specific size dove tail or t slot cutter, would you buy a set, or two of the specific size you need? I’m thinking two of each in the size I need. This is the first time I’ve needed to do either operation, and I don’t imagine it’s the beginning of a run. Just a one time deal more than likely.

For whichever you suggest, please provide your logic. I depend heavily on other people’s brains. Thanks!
 

Bob Korves

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If you get carbide insert cutters, they will far outlast the HSS cutters, and it is much cheaper to replace an insert or three than to replace a multi flute HSS cutter. I have some nice multi flue HSS dovetail cutters. I try not to ever use them now that I have a Randy Richard insertable dovetail cutter, which works GREAT!
 

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Most of my dovetail cuts are for gun sights, not many inserted cutters in that size range.
I always buy smaller cutters in pairs, having a backup allows room for getting something wrong without subsequently having to wait for tooling to arrive in the post.
 
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