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Thinking about a Pattern/Trim Router Bit for a upcoming project and have a couple of questions for the experienced people here:
1: Is a 3 flute bit any better then a 2 flute bit? Seems like it might stay sharper a little longer?, Don't know who makes a 3, but I have seen a picture of a 3 flute trim bit.
2: Does the diameter of the bit make any difference, or any diameter will do?
I think Freud and a couple of others make cutters with more than 2 flutes. I have a bunch of flush trim bits and pattern bits from a handful of makers, and they all work about the same. My favorite pattern bit set is one from Grizzly
It's about $20 on sale, and the finish is about as good as some of the others that are twice the price. I have some porter cable and oldham Viper flush trim bits, they work very well. The PC set has a tiny 1/4 inch flush trim bit that I use for small inside cuts.
Porter Cable PC03TRM Router Bit Set, Flush Trim, 3 Pc
I picked up some bits with square bearings on advice of another forum member, and I really like them.
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