As I get ready for my X-Carve to arrive, I’ve been working with Easel to familiarize myself with the workflow. As I dive deeper and start to investigate things like speeds and feeds I’ve realized that Easel must be “assuming” quite a few things.

For example:
-Does Easel assume you are using carbide, coated carbide or HSS bits…?
-How many flutes does Easel assume…?
-What spindle speed is being assumed, especially if using something like a Dewalt DW611

These things greatly affect the speed and feed calculations. When plugging numbers into a S&F calculators like FSWizard or G-Wizard I get VERY different results in the feed rate and depth per pass compared to the recommendations given in Easel when choosing the same material. I mean, differences that can be off by 200%-800%.

Can anyone describe how to calculate the right speed and feeds to be used with the X-carve…?

@WillAdams Yes, I can use G-Wizard, but the S&F results that I get with it are so different from what Easel recommends, one of them must be off… and by a lot. So I am left wondering, which one is correct…? Are the recommendations given in Easel optimized in some way for the X-Carve and if so, how…?

Can someone from the Inventables staff comment on this topic…? When my machine arrives should I use the preset Easel S/F settings or the ones I get from GWizard…? Or something in between…??