I’m a little puzzled by the dimensions on the mill bits. The Makita manual states that I can use 6 mm, 8 mm, 1/4" or 3/8". The two mill bits that came with the X-Carve is 1/4", right? That’s 6,35 mm. Now, the opening of the “conical bit holder” on the Makita is 5,89 mm (with a little force I widened it to 6,11 mm). I did get the mill bit in, but I had to use a hammer
Is there a bit holder for my Makita that fits both the machine and the 1/4" mill bits?
Are there any shops selling mill bits with metric measurements?
BTW: This is my first cut ever on the X-Carve
It’s the first step towards a door sign for my daughter. The final products will be white with pink characters.
The collet that came with my Makita was 1/4" and I have a collet reducer that lets me use 1/8" bits.
You can get various size collets, both metric and imperial,that suit the Makita from Elaire
yes you need the elaire collets. Don’t buy cheap ebay stuff. you’ll thank us
US model: RT0701C comes with 1/4" collet as standard
EU model: RT0700C comes with 6mm & 8mm collets as standard
6mm collets are designed for 6mm bits and 1/4" collets are designed for 1/4" bits. The difference is so small, that it can be tempting. However, avoid using 1/4" bits in a 6mm collet. You are risking of damaging both.
Get a 1/4" (and a 1/8") collet from Elaire.
…and definitely avoid using a 6mm bit in a 1/4" collet. You don’t want to see a bit flying out of the collet at 30k rpm.
PS. Nice sign. There’s no greater source of inspiration than daughters