Feeds and Speeds

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Here is a list of feeds and speeds for the cutting bits we have. Members are responsible for supplying their own bits, as these are consumables. Visit the Sources for Tools and Materials page for more information.

Feeds and Speeds for Plywood, MDF, Softwoods, and Soft Plastics
Bit Type # of Flutes Geometry Diameter Pass Depth Stepover (Final Pass) Clearance Pass Spindle Speed Feed Rate Plunge Rate
End Mill (6mm)
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Metric End Mill 1 upcut 6mm 3.0mm 40% - 12000 rpm 60 mm/sec 20 mm/sec
End Mill (6mm)
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Metric End Mill 4 high helix upcut 6mm Not recommended for wood
End Mill (1/8")
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Imperial End Mill 2 upcut 1/8" 1/16" 40% - 24000 rpm 20 mm/sec 5 mm/sec
Facing bit (22mm)
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Metric End Mill 2 straight 22mm 2mm 50% - 10000 rpm 20 mm/sec 2 mm/sec
V-Bit (90 deg 32.2mm)
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Metric V-bit 2 90 deg 32.2mm 5.0mm 1.3% 20% 12000 rpm 40 mm/sec 15 mm/sec
Engraving bit (1/8" 30° 0.005" tip)
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Imperial Engraving bit 1 30° 0.005" tip 1/8" 0.039" 40% 40% 24000 rpm 17 mm/sec 4 mm/sec