By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by Allendale Jan 24th

best tools for aluminium

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
matthew shay18/04/2016 18:42:00
24 forum posts

hi new to using mini lathe I am only going to use aluminium wood and plastic what would be best hss or indexable cardide and if I got hss would I have to buy a bench grinder or would it be easer to use indexadle I am not going to be lathing all the time only when I make things for my model boats any help would be grafull

Vic18/04/2016 18:50:30
2500 forum posts
14 photos

You can use either. The polished carbide inserts leave a nice finish but so does HSS if you can keep the tools sharp. So yes, if you want to use HSS you'll need a grinder.

These folks are good if you go the insert route but there are others.

**LINK**

Roger Provins 218/04/2016 19:29:15
344 forum posts

I prefer well sharpened HSS tooling for aluminium - particularly for a finishing cut.

frank brown18/04/2016 19:58:12
436 forum posts
5 photos

Same here, once you have invested in a grinder you can use any broken drill as a lathe tool (and you can sharpen blunt ones). Carbide tips need to be selected for a single purpose, so by the time you have bought a selection of 6 different inserts you will be a good way towards buying a grinder.

Frank

Ian S C19/04/2016 13:06:09
avatar
7468 forum posts
230 photos

Grinders aren't just for lathe tools, you'll find plenty of use for it, engineering and woodworking tools, garden tools.

Ian S C

MW19/04/2016 13:11:31
avatar
2051 forum posts
51 photos
Posted by Ian S C on 19/04/2016 13:06:09:

Grinders aren't just for lathe tools, you'll find plenty of use for it, engineering and woodworking tools, garden tools.

Ian S C

This is correct!

Some of the tools i've ground with a bench grinder i would have never guessed i was going to use it for when i bought it. Definitely worth the money.

Michael W

KWIL19/04/2016 14:36:11
3239 forum posts
63 photos

Interesting isn' it? . I have two 6" double ended grinders, white, green and grey wheels, but rarely use them as I am almost entirely insert tooled. I only grind special purpose HSS tools as and when required.

Brian H19/04/2016 14:59:31
avatar
1639 forum posts
108 photos

The grade of aluminium will make a difference too. Ordinary soft aluminium can be difficult to get a nice finish on but the heat treatable ones such as 2014(I think!) are much nicer to work with.

Douglas Johnston19/04/2016 18:00:42
avatar
688 forum posts
32 photos

High positive rake polished carbide inserts are superb for aluminium and give a beautiful finish. The downside is that they are easily damaged if you are not careful and they tend to be quite expensive. I have been using this type of insert for a few years and rarely use anything else for aluminium.

Doug

Vic19/04/2016 18:46:57
2500 forum posts
14 photos
Posted by Douglas Johnston on 19/04/2016 18:00:42:

High positive rake polished carbide inserts are superb for aluminium and give a beautiful finish. The downside is that they are easily damaged if you are not careful and they tend to be quite expensive. I have been using this type of insert for a few years and rarely use anything else for aluminium.

Doug

Agreed, these are all the OP needs at the moment as he said he only wants to cut alloy, plastic and wood.

Rainbows19/04/2016 22:57:16
640 forum posts
182 photos

Would you say ground carbide tips give a better finish than HSS? Arceuro sells them for £8 each.

Emgee19/04/2016 23:28:29
1492 forum posts
217 photos

Hi Rainbows

Try this store for a vast range of insert types.

**LINK**

Emgee

Ajohnw19/04/2016 23:30:41
3631 forum posts
160 photos

These are very good for aluminium and other materials as well

**LINK**

They can be fitted to the cheap 10mm / 3/8" sets with the same shaped tips on ebay but if you do buy one of these make sure it comes with torx screws not hex socket ones.

The min quantity on the link is 10 but they also offer them in smaller numbers on the hobby tips page.

They also work pretty well on mild steel

slideadjcarbidetool.jpg

John

-

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
cowells
Warco
emcomachinetools
Eccentric July 5 2018
Allendale Electronics
ChesterUK
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest