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A Guide to Carbide Burrs: Tool For Metal Removal

A Guide to Carbide Burrs

Sharp edges, burrs, and extra material are chopped, shaped, ground, and removed with carbide burrs. It works well on various materials, such as plastics, acrylics, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and forged iron.

Generally speaking, carbide burrs are utilized in the following fields: metalworking, toolmaking, engineering, model engineering, jewelry making, wood carving, casting, deburring, grinding, plate porting, and sculpting.


Often called rotary files, carbide burrs are tiny, spinning instruments used in cutting. Carbide burrs are similar to files in theory, but they cut and finish metal workpieces by rotating at high speeds rather than in a linear fashion.

Burrs and extra material can be removed, and burrs and sharp edges can be shaped, chopped, and ground with carbide burrs. Because carbide burrs are unyielding, there are less vibrations, which prevents bends.

In the production of aircraft and turbine parts as well as metal transformation, carbide burrs are frequently used for deburring, weld preparation, chamfering, edge breaking, and the removal of material from confined spaces.

These devices can etch metals, including alloys, Inconel, inox, and non ferrous and ferrous metals. A variety of carbide burr shapes are available from Benchmark Abrasives that can accommodate varying teeth and cut patterns to conform to the essential properties of diverse materials.


There are several factors to consider while selecting the suitable carbide bur. The workpiece material and the intended cut determine the burr shape, shank size, bur form, and therefore the fluted or bur cut.

  • SHANK SIZE - The shank of a bur is where the stem fits into the rotary tool; the leg must be sized correctly.
  • BUR SIZE - The rotary file's dimensions should also be considered. Cut length and diameter are the two most important measurements. These are the dimensions of the cuts that the rotary file will produce, and they range in size from a few millimeters to at least 15 mm. The measurements you require are determined by the size of the cut or chamfer you are attempting to create.
  • BUR SHAPE - There are rotary files made of carbide available in a particular shape. Every shape has a distinct purpose, and the user's choice of form depends on the cut they wish to achieve. The most common conditions are round nose tree, tapered, inverted tapered, cylindrical, ball-shaped, egg-shaped, flame-shaped, countersink, and ball-shaped nose. For example, rotary files with a spherical shape are typically used to hollow out material. Simultaneously, tapering burs often chamfer—or round off—the edges.
  • FLUTING STYLE - The bit's surface grooves are called the fluting style. Flutes come in two primary varieties: single-cut and double-cut, each employed with a particular material. For example, single-cut carbide burs are usually utilized in ferrous metals, steel, and copper. They have a spiral flute in one direction. The burr's coarseness is another factor that determines the flute rating; fine, standard, and coarse cut options are offered.


There are two common cuts of carbide burrs: single cut and double cut (diamond cut).

  • Carbide burrs that are single-cut (one flute) have an up-cut, right-handed spiral flute. These can quickly remove material and are commonly used on ferrous metals, copper, cast iron, chrome, and hardened steel. They are employed in cleaning, deburring, and removing heavy stock.
  • Double-cut carbide burrs are used on aluminum, soft steel, ferrous and nonferrous metals, and non-metal materials like wood and plastics. They may remove material more quickly and require more cutting edges. These are the most widely utilized cuts and are the most well-liked ones.


Carbide burrs, both single and double-cut, are available in a range of dimensions and forms. To have the correct tools for a range of operations, it's ideal to purchase a collection of burrs that includes a variety of shapes and sizes. The carbide burr's size will determine how quickly it operates. You can experiment with different speeds for specific tasks, but it's best to start out slowly and pick up a little speed as you go. Too slow pace will result in a ragged finish and may cause the flutes to clog.


Rotating burrs are generally safe to operate. The fine flutes or grooves can cause skin cuts when lightly touched. However, there are other considerations to make to maximize the bur's lifespan and ensure safe operation. These consist of:

  • Please ensure that the bur shank is securely clamped within the collet, inserting it as far as feasible to reduce overhang.
  • Apply minimal pressure because pushing too hard downward might lead to chipping, snagging, and cutting imperfections. Entrust the cutting to the burr.
  • Use face and eye protection, and fasten your workpiece securely.
  • Avoid spinning at an excessive pace. Instead, begin more slowly and pick up speed over time.
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