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Best Router Bits for Acrylic

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Introduction to Acrylic 

Acrylic is a transparent plastic material used for its outstanding strength, stiffness, and optical clarity. Acrylic is easy to fabricate, bonds well with adhesives and solvents and is easy to thermoform. Acrylic exhibits glass-like qualities-clarity, brilliance, and transparency but has half the weight and many times the impact resistance of glass.

Uses of Acrylic 

Acrylic is used to make durable signs, skylights, retail store fixtures, shelves, etc.

Working with Acrylic

When I work with Acrylic I can either do manual fabrication using a handheld or table-mounted router or I can automate the process using a CNC router bit.

Router Bits for Acrylic

When working with Acrylic I recommend using a router with one, two or three flutes. Single and double fluted router bits are the most commonly used for working with Acrylic. Router bits for Acrylic can be made from high-speed steel (HSS), carbide-tipped, solid carbide or diamond-tipped. For handheld routing, I recommend two flute straight bits. On the other hand for table routing, I recommend one flute or two flute straight router bits. Lastly, for CNC router bits I recommend ‘’O’’ flute router bits with one, two or three flute.

Top Router bits for Acrylic

Amana Tool SPEKTRA range.

“Amana Tool’ SPEKTRA range of Router bits has the best purpose-built router bits for Acrylic

Plastic Spiral ‘O’ Flute CNC Acrylic router bits

Amana Tool 51441-K Solid Carbide  (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/16”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/16”.
  • The Cutting Length os ¼”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51410-K Solid Carbide (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1/2”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51446-K Solid Carbide (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is ¾”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51417-K Solid Carbide (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 5/8”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51404-K Solid Carbide (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is ¾”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51510-K Solid Carbide (Down-Cut).

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1/2”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51511-K Solid Carbide (Down-Cut).

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1/2”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51517-K Solid Carbide (Down-Cut).

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 3/16”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 5/8”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51504-K Solid Carbide (Down-Cut).

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 51505-K Solid Carbide (Down-Cut).

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Reasons to Buy Amana Tool Spektra Range Router bits for Acrylic

Amana Tool Spektra router bits for acrylic stand out because of the distinctively-tinted coloring nanocomposite coating that provides a micro-thin ceramic coating that enables the tool’s cutting edge to retain crucial sharpness and lubricity. This special coating prevents high heat and oxidation, as a result, the Amana Tool Specktra router bits for acrylic have exceptional cutting performance. I don’t normally work with acrylic but the few times I have had to work with the material Amana Tool router bits for Acrylic have been very satisfactory. Because of the nanocomposite coating, Amana Tool acrylic router bits have a hardness of 4,500 Vickers (Vickers are the units to mention hardness). Normal carbide router bits have a hardness of 1,800 Vickers. This feature makes them the best router bits for Acrylic. 

During the times I work on Acrylic my Amana Tool Spektra set of router bits produces clean and smooth cuts on acrylic other plastics and wood. This is because the Amana Tool manufactures these bits to strict tolerances. The Amana Tool Spektra router bits for acrylic are so sharp and accurate that they reduce the stress on your router because they don’t require a lot of torque in order to drill holes in the acrylic. I also noticed that like all Amana Tool Router bits is that they are made from thick carbide for multiple resharpenings.

The last reason to buy the Amana Tool Spektra router bits for Acrylic is the fact that Amana Tool is an established brand. Therefore the quality of the router bits is unquestionable. It will be a good investment for both the novice and professional alike. 

Areas of Concern

The only disappointment for me with the Amana Tool Spektra range of Router bits is that the dissipation of the attractive multi-colored hues of naCo. Even though the manufacturer says that the coating will remain fully effective. The dissipation of color does not seat well with me. 

Amana Tool Carbide range

Amana Tool 46311 Solid Carbide Slow Spiral “O” flute (Up-Cut)

  •  The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46313 Solid Carbide Slow Spiral “O” flute (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46327 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46413 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Down-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46411 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Down-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46391 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Up-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/2”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/2”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46427 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Down-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Amana Tool 46492 Solid Carbide Spiral “O” flute (Down-Cut)

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/2”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/2”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1-1/4”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Reasons to Buy Amana Tool Carbide Router bits for Acrylic

The second best choice is the Amana Tool carbide router bits for Acrylic. The first reason the router bits stand out is the Industrial quality. These router bits are made produced according to Holz-BG German standards for safety and quality.

During use, the quality becomes very pronounced because of the bodies that are manufactured in a single clamping. This gives the Amana Tool router bits for acrylic good balance. Balance is key when working with acrylic because there is little room for error. Once the acrylic is damaged repair is almost impossible. The single clamping ensures that the Amana Tool carbide router bits for Acrylic have symmetry, precision, and centricity. All these features ensure that the craftsmen produce high-quality work.

The other reason to buy Amana Tool router bits is that they are made of very thick carbide which allows multiple resharpenings. 

Lastly, the Amana Tool carbide router bits for Acrylic provide a smooth finish in acrylic. 

Areas of Concern

I don’t have any issues with Amana Tool carbide router buts for acrylic. The manufacturer did a splendid job.

Bosch router bits for Acrylic

Bosch 85611M

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Bosch 86007M

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/8”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1/2”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Bosch 86010M

  • The Number of Flutes is 2
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Bosch 85987M

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Bosch 85997M

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 3/16”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 5/8”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Reasons to buy Bosch router bits for acrylic

At number three we have Bosch with 5 router bits for acrylic. Bosch is a top brand when it comes to making tools. The first reason why I put Bosch among the top router bits for acrylic is that these router bits make very smooth cuts and leaves an equally smooth surface. Acrylic is a difficult material to work with some router bits leaves a rugged surface. The smoothness of the cut is attributed to the well-calculated cutting geometry of the router bits. The second contributing factor to the smooth cuts is the sharp micro-grain cutting edges.

Another reason to buy Bosch router bits for acrylic is that the router bits can be used for cutting single or multiple layers of acrylic and similar resistance. This is a very important quality because some of the acrylics I have encountered have very thick layers. It requires a robust router bit. 

The last reason for buying Bosch router bits for acrylic is that the unique bit geometry reduces heat build-up and prevents welding in the cut. These are very important qualities when working with acrylic.

Areas of Concern

My biggest issue with Bosch router bits for acrylic is that the range is limited to a few router bits. 

Yonico router bits for Acrylic

Yonico 35212-SC 3/16 inch

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 3/16”.
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Yonico 35210-SC 1/8 inch

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is ”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is ⅛”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Yonico 31010-SC 1/4 inch

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 1”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/4”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Reasons to buy Yonico router bits for acrylic

Unlike the top three router bits for acrylic, Yonico router bits for acrylic are the most affordable router bits for acrylic. When I first encountered Yonico router bits for acrylic I was skeptical. After using them I was impressed by the good quality performance. That is why Yonico router bits for acrylic appear on this list. During use, I noticed that Yonico router bits for acrylic make smooth finishes on hard plastic. This is what made me, like these budget router bits. The smooth cuts are attributed to the premium grade C3 micro-grain solid tungsten carbide. Another contributor to the smooth cuts is that the router bits are polished to a mirror finish from a solid carbide rod. 

Another reason to buy the Yonico router bits for acrylic is that they can be used on all router types CNC, table mount and handheld routers. 

The last reason to buy Yonico router bits for acrylic is that they offer the highest value for money. The price is low but the quality is very decent. This makes Yonico router bits for acrylic best suited for novices and professionals who are working on a tight budget. 

Areas of Concern.

Even though Yonico router bits for acrylic are very good quality. One has to be aware of the fact that they are not high-end router bits. They won’t have the robustness of the top three router buts for acrylic.

Whiteside router bits for Acrylic

Whiteside RU2074A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/4”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Whiteside RU2076A  O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 2.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 2-1/2”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Lenght is 3/4”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/4”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Whiteside RU2111A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/4”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Whiteside RU1581A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/8”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Whiteside RU1601A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/8”
  • The Material is  Solid Carbide.

Whiteside RU1701A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/8”

Whiteside RU1801A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/8”

Whiteside RU4111A Single O-Flute

  • The Number of Flutes is 1.
  • The Overall Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Overall Length is 3”.
  • The Shank Diameter is 1/4”.
  • The Cutting Length is 1-1/8”.
  • The Cutting Diameter is 1/8”

Reasons to buy Whiteside router bits

The first reason to buy Whiteside router bits is because of the quality of router bits that Whiteside makes. Whiteside O flute router bits for acrylic are made from a single piece of premium carbide. The Whiteside O flute spiral router bits for acrylic outperform a lot of traditional o flute router bits because of the spiral design. This design provides some of the best cuts with excellent chip ejection. During use, this feature has impressed me a lot. 

Another reason to buy Whiteside O flute spiral router bits for acrylic is the precision grinding of the router bit during the manufacturing process. Precision grinding ensures that the Whiteside router bits for acrylic are well balanced even when the router is operating on high levels of torque.

Areas of Concern

Whiteside makes some of the best router bits in the market as featured in this article, I do not have any areas of concern. The router bits are tried and tested. 

Conclusion

I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to buy router bits for acrylic should buy the ones listed in this article. These are the leading router bits for cutting acrylic. 

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