View Full Version : Question about boring head

10-23-2009, 08:13 PM
I have a Criterion 3" boring head and was wondering if i can use it as a flycutter too or should i not since it is a precision head ? Thanks

10-23-2009, 08:27 PM
I suppose the answers are yes and yes.

The Criterion will work fine as a flycutter as long as you don't get too ambitious or crash it. On the other hand, a flycutter is so cheap to either make or buy, why take the risk?

10-23-2009, 10:47 PM
why take the risk?
Exactly...(Especially with a Criterion)
A simple fly cutter can easily be made from any piece of scrap barstock lying around. A fun little project.

Rich Carlstedt
10-23-2009, 11:02 PM
If the tool is locked, Damage is very unlikely.
The weak spot is usually the tool bit.
Fly cutters do offer much better tool angles which means more agressive work capability.

I would use a Boring head in a pinch, with a short toolbit, but the production rate would suffer.