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Post Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:24 pm

Ilco mini key machine

Ilco with 7.5 foot cord. Sharp cutting wheel. About 8 lbs. $80 includes standard shipping to lower 48 address.
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Post Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:02 pm

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Post Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:10 pm

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With an upgraded cutter. Very nice! Those came with rotary files originally, I am not a fan of those. I used one of these for many years. I think I still have 2 of them kicking around the shop. These machines aren't fancy but they sure are work horses.
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Post Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:22 am

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mastersmith wrote:With an upgraded cutter. Very nice! Those came with rotary files originally, I am not a fan of those. I used one of these for many years. I think I still have 2 of them kicking around the shop. These machines aren't fancy but they sure are work horses.

I'm not a fan of the RFs either so I changed to a CU-5. The RFs are good enough for the Belsaw 200s.
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Post Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:25 am

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I'm curious what you mean by a rotary file. One of my Mitrometrics (virtually the same machine, if not the same) has what I believe is the original cutter, and it seems to cut fine for me. The cutter on my other Micrometric was pretty worn, so I replaced it with a CW-23RM and it works great.
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Post Sun Nov 15, 2020 7:10 am

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When I hear rotary file, I picture a Rolodex for some reason. lol! Seriously, though, I'm still wondering how a rotary file differs from a standard single-cut cutting wheel. Anyone?
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Post Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:31 pm

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A milling cutter has larger "teeth" around the cutter. A rotary file has very fine "teeth" . The RF cutters have less life and are not nearly as efficient as a milling cutter. The RF cutters really do "file" their way through the key, leaving very fine dust as debris. The milling cutters leave larger filings as debris.
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Post Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:02 am

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I see. Thank you. So it's not so much a matter of the type of teeth, as the size? It seems one could look at one cutter and say, yup, this is a milling cutter. Look at another and say, yup, this is a rotary file. But then there may be some in between that could be considered either coarse rotary files or fine milling cutters, if I'm understanding correctly?

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