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    I'm looking for a good circle cutter that will work good for hardwoods. I'm trying to make toy cars and trucks and my circle cutter bogs down my drill press when I use it on anything but pine.Any suggestions?.........Donny

  • #2
    I use a General circle cutter (what we used to call a fly cutter). Like other tools, it needs periodic sharpening, could this be the case with yours?

    I use mine on the lowest speed my press has (about 200rpm, I think), and plan some patience. If I push the thing too hard it overheats, and generally does a poor job.

    Dave

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    • #3
      Fly cutter are just a slow cutter. Slow the machine down and take your time.

      Jake

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      • #4
        My circle cutter has 2 cutters, does that matter?.........Donny

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        • #5
          I don't know what kind that is. A fly cutter has one cutter, looks like this:



          I should also note that the cutter is moved depending on whether you want a good hole, or a good circle. Note that in that picture, it is set up for a good hole.

          Dave

          [ 10-05-2001: Message edited by: Dave Arbuckle ]

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          • #6
            My circle cutter looks like the one pictured but it has a cutter blade on both sides. They are removeable. Do you think that since having 2 cutting blades that would slow it down any? I figured it would cut faster...Donny

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            • #7
              Like I say, never saw one like yours. But one way or another, they have to remove a large amount of stock, and that takes time. If you had a hole cutter with a kerf wide as a fly cutter, it would be really slow cutting too.

              Dave

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              • #8
                Don, might try taking a look at Rockler.com. They have a fair amount of toy parts including wheels. Seems to me like I have seen a tool for making wheels. They also have a number of premade wheels and I suspect that some of them may have involved the use of a lathe. Unless you are dead set on making your own wheels, perhaps buying them would be an option.
                Dick

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                • #9
                  Don, I gave you the wrong supplier. Sorry about that. Woodcraft carries a rosette and wheel cutter. This may be what you are looking for:
                  http://shop.woodcraft.com/woodcraft/...=false&Giftid=


                  Wow! that's a URL and then some.
                  Dick

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, I'll check it out......Donny

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