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Lee Jones 621/09/2020 12:16:15
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So I went a bit giddy today at the scrappy (only went for a bit of aluminium).

Even if I never use this stuff, I still had a good time foraging.

£35 though. Might go every week. laugh

What are your thoughts?


Baz21/09/2020 12:37:55
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If you have a vertical and horizontal mill they will fit it’s not a bad haul. Are they all sharp?

Nigel Bennett21/09/2020 12:40:49
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What a haul!

Whatever you do, don't try to use the large end-mills by holding them in a lathe chuck. Cutters that size are nasty, horrible, malevolent things that will try to remove parts of your lathe, job and anatomy with distressing results unless they are properly held. You will need a proper collet chuck and a big milling machine to use them.

Don't ask me how I know...

Lee Jones 621/09/2020 13:50:13
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Yes, I have a collet chuck and a mid-sized floor standing milling machine.

No plans to put any of the cutters in the lathe.

I don't have a horizontal milling machine, but I do have an R8 arbor that takes them.

Not sure if using the larger milling cutters as slitting saws is such a good idea though.

Brian H21/09/2020 14:05:29
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Definitely a good buy.


Bazyle21/09/2020 15:13:47
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Lucky man to have a scrap source that gets that kind of stuff in and lets it out again.

Lee Jones 621/09/2020 15:19:27
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I think metal is metal to them TBH.

Last time I visited they sold me 3kg of barely used carbide inserts.

Shame not many of them fit my tooling, but it's the thought that counts.

I'll dig out a picture.

Edited By Lee Jones 6 on 21/09/2020 15:23:58

Lee Jones 621/09/2020 15:23:31
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It's all too big for the holders I have (and I have some pretty big holders)!


Baz21/09/2020 16:12:13
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You can always silver solder the tips onto a bit of steel bar, when they are blunt or ground beyond use a quick blast with the propane torch and you can put a new one on.

Lee Jones 621/09/2020 16:30:37
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It's something I would consider if I didn't already have more carbide than I know what to do with. My lathe came with a massive plastic box of the stuff.

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