Vortex Series 1300 - Two Flute Downcut Finishing Spiral

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  • Downcut tools are used when the down shearing effect of the tool is preferred.

  • This tool will produce a clean top edge of a dado type or groove type cut or simply a thru cut where the bottom edge cut quality is not important.

  • These tools will direct chip flow downward while helping hold parts onto table or pod.


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When nest cutting the tool path remains packed with chips which helps preserve maximum vacuum. Never plunge straight down with downcut tooling as this may cause fire or breakage.

  • A downcut spiral (right hand cut, left hand spiral) causes the chip flow to be directed downward. It also helps hold down thepart being cut. The edge quality on the part   is smooth on the top and tends to be fuzzy on the bottom in certain materials.
  • The downward chip flow can sometimes cause clogging problems particularly in a blind slotting situation. Downcut bits tend to preload the routing system and can substantially improve part hold down in a marginal routing setup.
  • Downcut tools CAN NOT be used to plunge straight into wood and should be ramped into the part.
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