I guess this is somewhat of a broad-spectrum questionation of sorts….
about 90 degree fluish trimmin bits….
I have a multitude of laminate trimming bits,and a bunch of laminate trimmers… some dogs, and some reliable…. Given yer choice of one bit, would you chose a 1/4″ or 1/2″ or 1″ dia bit for every day use…?
If I’m using a ctop blank to rough cut my laminate out of sheet stock, I use the 1/4″ bit—less waste and less wear and tear on the trimmer motor. Here, a cutter with a 1″ bearing generates a tad too much waste. Agree? or not?
If I’m trimming pre-Roughed out stock, I use the 1/2″ OR 1″ (replaceable cutter blade tipwhich seens to cut smoother,) and if I’m edging off of plywood stock, seems to avoid the bumps and valleys better, and if I’m edging off laminate, seems to reduce the risk of “bearing burn” (even though I use lubricant)
I have and use the Klenk manual laminate cutters (both kinds) for rough cutting out of sheet stock, , and they work well for rough cutting and have for years now. …., and I’ve recently upgraded to a milwakee ‘lectric shear to ease the task (tried the makita shear but that was a no-joy situation- too much tearing) What do the other fellas use….?
I have the virutex bench slitter, and hate it. How can you slide a 12′ slab of HPL through that sucker with any expectation of accurate cutting. If you concur this is a waste of money, respond, otherwise NOT.
OTOH, I’ve got the first and second iterateons of the Virutex handheld laminate slitters and swear by them ( instead of swearing at them as I did at the import versions) If yo is dping any kind of volume HPL work, these suckers will pay for themselves within 6 months, This is a no-brainer, so unless yer complaining about how the “depth of cut” is counter-intuitive, just tell me if you love it or not….
Do you manual file or machine file edges. I tried a Beaver air file with disappointing rusults…..for all the noise and time and effort I coulda manaully filed the results by hand (pardon the redundancy) with as much accuracy as this device offered.
Do you use this air-file? Happy with it, or just cannot aford to find another althernative?
There are jigs in my shop to slice up laminate on theTS, jigs to x-cut 5×12 sheets, etc.
Not to mention I got my own stock of Richard’s Laminate scribers, p-cutters, and even a panel guage modified to hold a carbide tipped scirber.
So, what I’m asking, is amongst the diverse illuminati in the FWWuniverse, is there any amongst you that may be willing to share some methodology I am missing in laminate cutting, or “stock prep” if you will, that might help me get a tad more efficient.
Eric in Cowtown