Chip Load Calculator

Target Area

Here are the suggested chip load ranges based on material and tool diameter. This tool should be used as a starting point only - always test run new bits and materials.

Tool Diameter Hardwood Softwood/Plywood MDF/Particle Board Soft Plastic Hard Plastic
1/8" .003"-.005" .004"-.006" .004"-.007" .003"-.006" .002"-.004"
1/4" .009"-.011" .011"-.013" .013"-.016" .007"-.010" .006"-.009"
3/8" .015"-.018" .017"-.020" .020"-.023" .010"-.012" .008"-.010"
1/2" & up .019"-.021" .021"-.023" .025"-.027" .012"-.016" .010"-.012"

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