Hand Reamers - 4: Removing Material
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The amount of material removed by the reamer is usually a small amount, from .001” to .005”.
Problems that are encountered if the amount is too large are: flute chipping, excessive wear, too hard to turn,...
Look at the picture below and notice the small amount of chips produced by this reaming operation.

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