At an auction, I recently acquired a large batch of two piece carbide (with separate steel backer plates of countless profiles) to make doors and moldings. These are quality cutters and I am unable to find the name of them. I would like to find the manufacturer so I can purchase the cutter head to use the bits in my operation. They are in boxes of 5 with matching profile backer plates with numbers, but no manufacturer. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestion on how I can find out who makes the cutter head to use these bits with? Any help is appreciated.
(Solid Wood Machining Forum)
From Dave Rankin, forum technical advisor:
I suggest that you take a close up picture of the cutters, and post it here. Many manufacturers do not put their name on the tools. It is also very possible that you can purchase the backing plates and inserts aftermarket from many distributors on the woodweb.
The initial investment for the ded. head is $475 and the cost of the inserts are $26 each. My basic concern is the hook angle because I run soft maple primarily, then red oak, walnut, and cherry the least. I run it with all with the same profile. Would the same head provide good results on all three species? The concern is the appropriate hook angle to benefit my soft maple finish.