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    Default T&G Cutter, Life Span

    Ive been lucky enough to pick up 40 6x1 old hardwood planks 12 feet long, I have a Triton router table so have been thing of cutting tongue in groove and turning it into flooring after running through the thickneser.

    Ive never done anything like this and just wondered what life I would get from the cutters before needing to have sharpened. It may be better to cut a groove and use a strip of ply, i'd appreciate thoughts

    Savman

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    12’ is a long length to be trying to pass over a lightweight table. You’ll need at least two each of infeed and outfeed rollers/stands.

    Personally I’d use a handheld router for that job. If you have a Triton router the fence attachment can be used as a baseplate extension to assist stabilising the machine.

    As for how long the cutters will last, well “it depends”. High quality router bits used at the correct cutting speeds and feed rates will show little wear after that lot, unless your “hardwood” is something evil with a high silica content.
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    I have the roller stands, but yes I take your point I have a big Makita so that would do the job I reckon

    Savman

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    As CT says, provided your timber isn't horrible to machine in general (and clean from any dirt and other gunk), carbide bits will last a long time. They do like/need to be worked fairly hard though, if you're making dust instead of chips you're feeding too slowly which will result in excess heat and will send it blunt early.

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