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Turning #2: Tool Steel Wear Resistance

03-12-2017 12:17 AM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

As an engineer I’m always curious about claims of big improvements. When it comes to turning tool steel, there are a lot of marketing claims that some of the newer tool steels can get 3x to 10x more cutting time vs standard M2 HSS between sharpenings. There’s also plenty of users claiming the same type of extended life. Thing is, none of the claims by users or companies are supported by factual, objective data. Before I spent my hard earned $ on tools costing 2-5x more than common M2 HSS, I wanted something more than claims. James T, Staley, Adjunct Prof. in the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina StateUniversity, Raleigh, conducted a scientific test of t...

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