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Violin Peg Reamers
Spiral or Straight
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Ferret
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i have noticed that there are two types of peg reamers. Spiral flutes and straight flutes.

 

What is the difference and which is best?

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Fiddlestix
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The spiral reemer works like a drill bit, if you want to remove a lot of wood, use it. The straight reemer is more for dressing up the hole's.

I think, but i'm probably wrong.

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Kevin M.
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I find that the spiral reamer cuts the wood away and the straight reamer scrapes it away. I find the spiral reamer works best to dress the hole after it has been sized. This is done by turning the reamer backward. It then burnishes the hole and makes for smother peg operation.

When you get right down to it, it is all a mater of preference and what you get comfortable with.

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In my limited experience with reaming peg holes I found if you're not careful the spiral reamer will tend to 'pull' itself into the hole more and making it grooved and oversized very quickly where as the straight flute design will tend to just cut but requires additional pressure from you to plunge it deeper.

Keep in mind we're only talking a tiny fraction of an inch to be cut!

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I have only a spiral one. Had no troubles with it. Works perfect even in my curved hands XD

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