You want an ultra precision arbor that you can rely upon to hold your saw for precision cutting time and time again. If you are CNC’ing with cobalt enhanced high speed steel or a carbide saw you need an ultra precision arbor that operates with the same precision as your saw.
Benefits of High Speed Steel
CNC’ers have made cobalt enhanced high speed steel the alloy of choice in saw blade metal for years. The most common alloy combines a generous portion of tungsten with cobalt to add strength and wear resistance. This cobalt-enhanced high speed steel (HSS) was developed to make working with stainless steel, titanium alloys, and other difficult metals much easier.
HSS is strong enough to withstand cutting forces making it the choice for applications such as slitting saws, face mills, and gear cutting.
HSS doesn’t cost as much as carbide so it sells for a lower price. It is also an alloy that is easily sharpened.
But HSS isn’t perfect. It is has limitations on the speed at which it can be run. You just can’t run HSS at the high rates you can use with carbide steel. But if tool life is more to the application than speed (like ultra precision cutting) HSS is the go-to alloy.
Benefits of Carbide for Precision Cuts
These days, HSS has been replaced by carbide for most high speed CNC applications. Carbide doesn’t have the strength of HSS but it can cut at a wide range of speeds. Under completely equal conditions, a carbide saw can cut anywhere from 4 to 12 times faster than HSS. So if you have a high speed CNC application, carbide is well suited for the job. It will allow you to operate more productively.
Check out these ideas from Bright Hub Engineering for getting more performance from your HSS tools.
Get Your Ultra Precision Arbor Now
It doesn’t matter if you are cutting with HSS or carbide, if you are cutting with an ultra precision saw; you need an ultra precision arbor. It doesn’t matter the application, from cutting to grinding or sharpening tools if you are doing it with precision, you can’t use an arbor that chatters or slips. Precision requires control. To get control, use an ultra precision saw arbor from The Tool Company.
The Tool Company sells individual arbors in sizes that range from ¼” to 1 ¼” inside diameter hole size and sets of ultra precision saw arbors. Each arbor features “Vibra-Core Design”, to absorb cutter vibration. That means you can run at normal depths, feeds, and speeds and maintain your productivity without chatter, slipping, and vibration.
The Tool Company only sells ultra precision saw arbors that are made in the USA. Each ultra precision saw arbor features Weldon shanks and a full 5 year warranty.
Order online today and get ready to experience the feeling of real control that comes with using an ultra precision saw arbor to hold your saw.
19 Jan 2016
At the start of every year everyone makes all kinds of crazy resolutions that they can’t keep. Why not resolve to work more efficiently by getting organized with a CNC tool tray. Not only will you organize and protecting your tools, but a CNC tool tray is a great way to transport and store your tools too.
The tool magazine isn’t meant to permanently store your tool no matter what CNC Control Setup for Milling and Turning: Mastering CNC Control Systems says. They recommend that any tool that is used often should stay in the magazine and always use the same number. Well it makes sense to number the tool the same in all programs, but the tool magazine really wasn’t designed to store your tools.
Store tools where they will not be exposed to the elements, dust particles, or risk of damage from other tools or corrosive materials in the shop.
It doesn’t matter if it is a sophisticated tool room or a just a cabinet, store your tools in an organized manner when they are not in use.
The Ideal CNC Tool Tray Stores, Organizes and Transports
The ideal CNC tool tray organizes your tools. It provides the safety, organization and efficiency vital to optimum productivity on the floor. Resolve to use a CNC tool tray in 2016!
You can use CNC tool holders to serve as a mini bench stand to increase productivity and decrease downtime due to tool changes.
Use a High Quality CNC Tool Tray
If you are going to shell out the dough for a CNC tool tray, get one that will last. The Tool Company sells CNC tools trays that can take what you can dish out. They are also made right here in the USA.
Our CNC tool trays are made:
- From high impact plastic to protect your expensive tooling equipment
- To stand up to the most demanding manufacturing environments.
- With convenient handles facilitate easy transfer of tools from the tool setting area to your machining area.
Each CNC tool tray is marked for easy tool sequencing procedures and is backed by the manufacturer’s 5 year warranty.
Order your CNC tool tray now and get organized, get efficient, and have the most product year yet.
07 Jan 2016
Manual machinists know for the finest finish, you’ve got to use a fly cutter. Many CNC machinists rely on face mills for finishing work but the savvy CNC’er knows that you just can’t beat the finish you get from a CNC fly cutter.
The CNC Face Mill versus CNC Fly Cutter Face Off
On one of their tool blog posts, a fly cutter manufacturer says “the finest aluminum finishing is a fly cutter with a diamond insert”. If it’s true for a manual machining, then it should be true for a CNC machining. Sure face mills can run at a high speeds, but you need a much slower pace to achieve a brushed finish. To force a face mill into creating a fine and no run out you must remove all but one of the cutters. Wait! Doesn’t that mean you just converted your face mill into a CNC fly cutter?
A fly cutter can also go places your face mill can’t. If you need travel room, you need a fly cutter. Check this out. A CNC fly cutter was used to resurface a table for a table saw. A face mill would never have permitted the travel needed to get the job done.
Clearly it makes no sense to use a CNC face mill when a CNC fly cutter is the superior tool.
Machining with CNC Fly Cutters
Machining with your CNC fly cutter will be a breeze if you just keep a few things in mind. Using these tips will help you get a flawless finish on even stainless steel, titanium, or other tough to machine materials.
Coolant – Some materials just machine better with coolant and some material require coolant. You have to use coolant when fly cutting, even if it is an air/coolant mist. Coolant is necessary to prevent stainless from hardening. It is also critical to prevent the build-up of heat when working titanium. Coolant will also prevent aluminum chips from welding to the cutter. So many good reasons to use coolant.
Evacuate Chips – It doesn’t matter whether you are use liquid coolant or a mist, you must keep chips clear. Your fly cutter is doing double the work if it has to recut chips that aren’t cleared. Don’t make your fly cutter work hard – you work smart. Clear chips as fast as they are created.
Feeds and Speeds – This is basic to manual and CNC machine work. If you will just use the right feed and speed you can machine anything. The only thing that makes “difficult” materials difficult is the narrow range in which they can be worked. There is so much software available to use, just make sure you use something.
Use the Right Fly Cutter
No matter your machine or material, make sure you use the right cutter. The Tool Company has fly cutters in a variety of diameters.
Every fly cutter we sell has been manufactured with alloy screws to reduce chatter. They are also completely balanced for high RPM usage.
Every fly cutter sold by The Tool Company has been manufactured in the USA and includes a 5 year warranty. When you need the best finish, use the best fly cutter! Order today and get ready to get the best finish possible.
30 Dec 2015
What is Micro-Machining or Micro Drilling?
Micro-machining and micro drilling isn’t just about making things in miniature. There are many medical and electronic applications that require machining in miniature, but you may also need to do some ultra fine drilling as part of a larger work piece.
Micro-machining and micro drilling, as the terms are used in most machine shops, is anything that is generally 2.5 mm or less. As machining technology improves, smaller and smaller drilling sizes are achieved. If your shop is thinking of using micro-machining tools, you need to keep several key factors in mind.
Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment
To effectively micro-machine, you needa feed with high sensitivity. Spindles must operate with high speed (generally 2000 to 4000 rpm) and low dynamic run-out. Evaluate your equipment’s capabilities to see if it is up to micro machining. If it isn’t you will need to invest in specialized machines.
Make Sure You Have the Tool for the Material
Like in all machining operations feeds and speeds are critical. But it is also critical that you match the correct drill tool to the material. To micro-drill, the tool edges must be very sharp and the surface finish must be ultra fine. Don’t use too much force to evacuate the chips. Use a mixture of air and lubricant as you drill to evacuate the chips.
Hand Clamping Versus Automated Tool Changing
The toolholding technology for your micro drills is as important to the operation as the machine tool itself. The toolholder and spindle must deliver the drill to the work with ultra precision. Automated toolchanging may not be the best way to accomplish this. Hand clamping the collet to the spindle can be time consuming. To work efficiently, you need an efficient micro-drill adapter. The Tool Company can help
Accu Feed Micro Drill Adapter
The AF22 Micro Drill Adapter by Sierra American is the accu feed answer for efficient micro drilling. It simply outperforms all others.
It has a 1/2” shank and is perfect for straight shank applications. It is manufactured in the USA from hardened and ground steel. The hardened drive-pin design avoids the weakening and expanding that is so common on the “C” clip design style. If you don’t want problems with the collets holding your tool, you want the Micro Drill Adapter. Features include:
- Double shielded bearings
- “O” tapper fits keyed or keyless chucks
- 5 Year Warranty
Sierra American makes the one of the most accurate micro drill adapters sold. That’s why The Tool Company is proud to carry it. We know that you get a superior tool and you save money when you use the AF22. In addition to superior Made in the USA workmanship, you get a smooth fingertip operation to reduce the number of broken drills. For every drill that doesn’t break, you save money.
When You are Ready for Micro-Machining
When you are ready for micro-machining, let The Tool Company help. Order the AccuFeed micro drill adapter. If you have questions, just Contact Us. We will be more than happy to answer your questions on this or any of our tools.
A CNC machine shop only makes money when the equipment is running. Despite the high initial cost of equipment acquisition, the largest production cost on any job is the cost of labor. Maximizing efficiency is critical to maximizing profits. It is important to keep the people and equipment running and humming. Don’t let a poorly designed shop or inefficient tooling practices lead to down time and lost profit. You may find that gaining efficiency might be as simple as honing the tool changing process and using an R8 tool holder.
You Don’t Bill Down Time for Tooling – So Minimize It!
In a perfect world, all production could be made with a single feed and one tool? Yeah
well the world isn’t perfect and that scenario is more like a dream than the reality in most CNC shops. Now, for the hobbyist tooling around (pun intended) in a home shop, the down time for tool changing isn’t a big deal. But in a working shop, tool changing is a profit drain. Any time spent on the tool changing process is not time that is spent making money.
Tool Cribs Increase Shop Efficiency
Large shops can afford to have dedicated tool cribs. They also employ too managers that maintain all tools, bits, drills, and supplies used in shop production. Some tool crib managers also store extra machine parts to facilitate quick equipment repairs. The tool crib manager also tracks use, maintains inventory, and creates reports for management. Extremely large shops utilize automated cribs like the AutoCribs to automate the tool issue and return process.
Small shops can’t afford tool cribs, much less automated tool cribs. Many small shops can’t depend on these efficiency aids. Instead they depend on the machinist to maintain their own tool and collet inventory in their work area. Unfortunately the small shops need to be as efficient as possible but are forced to utilize a system that is inefficient by nature. But if each machinist can devote just a bit of time and effort to organizing their workspace, they can decrease tool changing time and increase efficiency.
Tool and Collet Holders are Perfect for Small Shops
It doesn’t matter if you are R8 or 5C set-up; you need your collets at hand and you need a good collet wrench. See, you are on the way to becoming a quick change artist. By using a good R8 tool holder or collet tray you will work more efficiently. With your tools and collets organized, everything has a place. You just need to make sure they stay in place!
Give Every Tool A Place. The first maxim of all organization systems is that Everything Has a Place. This is the same whether you are organizing R8 tools in a shop, cookware in a kitchen or surgical tools in an operating room. The benefits of designating a place for every tool are as follows:
- You can see at a glance if a tool is missing
- Tools are protected from damage
- You don’t waste time spent searching for tools
- Quick tool access facilitates faster tool changes
Every Tool Stays in Its Place. All organization systems are limited by their implementation. It doesn’t aid efficiency if you don’t utilize the system you put in place. So, if you place an R8 tool holder in the work area, you make it easier for the tool to be returned to the tray. By making it easier, you have increased the chances of the tool going to “its place”. You only get more efficiency from the machinery and the people if your organization system actually gets used. A dedicated R8 tool holder at the machine (or even mounted to the machine) increases the chances of the tray being used.
Quality R8 Tool Holders and Collet Trays
To organize the work area around your machine, use an R8 tool tray. These are tool trays are free standing and don’t need to be mounted. That means you get to decide where you want to place them. The tapered seat design holds collets secure. The large openings make it easy to remove and insert collets. Key features are:
- 52 tool/collet capacity
- Heavy duty construction for tool protection
- Compact design to organize with a small footprint
- Made in the USA.
Use an R8 tool holder in your workspace if you want to change faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth. Your tools will be at the ready and easily accessible. Order your R8 tool holder today. Organization, efficiency, and free shipping, what’s not to love?
24 Nov 2015
When it comes to starting out as a home machinist, it seems like the only thing scarier than a slitting saw is a fly cutter.
But you don’t need to be afraid of your tool, especially if you select the right slitting saw arbor and follow a few tips to using your slitting saw.
A slitting saw is nothing more than a saw that is used to making narrow cuts in metal. You make small cuts with a slitting saw and large cuts with a slotting saw. Slits are smaller than slots. A slitting saw looks somewhat like the circular saw blade that you would see in a woodworking shop.
Tips to Use Your Slitting Saw
Now that understand your blade and what it can do, let’s get to work. Here are some slitting saw tips:
- Run Slow – Just because your slitting saw looks like a wood circular saw doesn’t mean it works like one. For best results run slow. Keep your feed rate low as well
- Keep it Oiled – Use lots of lubricant.
- Keep it clean – remove any swarf after each pass
- One Way – always cut in the same direction
Selecting a Slitting Saw Arbor
All slitting saw arbors are designed to hold the slitting blade in place. Most slitting saws sit on an arbor that uses a cap to hold the saw blade in place. Unfortunately, this design has a real problem if you need to make a cut in a piece that is held in place by a vise. What happens is that the clamping screw and the vise will run afoul of each other. It won’t be pretty. If you get your slitting saw arbor from The Tool Company, you will get a slitting saw arbor that has a deep cap to create a low profile. We have worked closely with out manufacturer to bring you a slitting saw that allows for the closest blade to work area than any other arbor on the market. Bar none.
Slitting Saw Arbors at The Tool Company
In addition to its revolutionary design that allows for close work, when you use a slitting saw arbor from The Tool Company you get:
- Superior vibration absorption
- Weldon shank for durability
- Extra Long Reach
- 5 Year Warranty from the Manufacturer
We sell slitting saw arbors individually in a number of different sizes or as sets of varying sizes. No matter what size you buy, you can buy with confidence because all slitting saw arbors sold by The Tool Company are proudly made in the USA. We don’t sell inferior imported products, ever!
General Reach Arbors Available
If we don’t need a slitting saw arbor, but need another kind of arbor, The Tool Company has you covered. We sell a wide variety of general reach arbors and ultra precision arbors as well. Not sure what you need? Just Contact Us and let us know what you need to do and we can help you git ‘er done!
11 Nov 2015
What is a CNC Collet?
Collet is a word that people use in metal working and wood working shops. It’s one of those words everybody tosses about and just assumes that everybody else knows what they means. Are chucks the same thing as a collet or are they different?
Why does a collet need a collet wrench?
Let’s go ahead and define a collet once and for all. A collet is a tool holding device that works by clamping. A collet is a kind of chuck. All collets are chucks, but not all chucks are collets. Collets let you strongly clamp a collar around whatever it is that you are trying to hold.
The common metalworking industry-standard designs for collets are R8 (internally threaded) and 5C (externally threaded). Collets can hold either a square or a round stock. Some CNC machine manufacturers use proprietary collet designs and then there are the emergency use collets that get made by the machinist in-shop.
R8 Collets. Bridgeport Machines, Inc., a company that made milling machines and milling center, developed the R8 collet design. These machines were were manufactured under the Bridgeport name from 1938 to 2004. In 2004, the company was sold to Hardinge, Inc. R8 requires an exact match between the collet and the tool shank diameter but allows for rapid tool changes. The R8 collet fits into the machine taper itself.
5C Collets. 5C collets were developed to hold work, not tools. They may look like R8 collets, but 5C collets have an external thread at the rear that draws the collet closed. This way the work piece can pass right through the collet.
The Importance of a Good Collet Wrench
So now you know all about collets. So why do collets require a special collet wrench? A properly tightened collet applies enough pressure to clamp the workpiece or tool securely and hold it in place. A collet wrench tightens the collet. If your collect isn’t tight you can have problems.
- The tool chatters and ruins the workpiece and your tool – now 2 things are messed up
- The workpiece won’t be tooled properly – once again you ruined the tool and workpiece
- The tool or workpiece can fly out – damaging you, the tool, and the work.
You need a good collet wrench to make sure the collet is firmly in place.
A Good Collet Wrench Makes All the Difference
We sell high quality collet wrenches that are designed to insert and remove 5C collets from the nose piece with ease. You work more efficiently because you have simplified the insertion and removal of collets on the spindle.
The time you spend changing out collets is time your machine isn’t running. When your machine isn’t running, work isn’t being produced and you aren’t making money. While downtime may be a necessary part of the work process, it must be minimized to maximize your working efficiency. A good quality collet wrench from The Tool Company can help. Our 5C collet wrench is:
- Designed and made in the USA
- Made with a concave face for perfect alignment and no slipping
- Easy to use because of the large tapered handle
- Bright orange so you can find it easily.
If you are ready to change collets quickly and securely, order your 5C collet wrench today. Your 5C collet wrench is backed by a 5 year warranty.
31 Oct 2015
Last post we talked about the need for precision when cutting. However, not all precision cuts require a precision saw. You can also use a fly cutter for very fine, precision cuts. As a matter of fact you just about can’t beat the extraordinary finish you get when you use a fly cutter. Even in the early days of machining, fly cutters were recognized as an invaluable tool in the machine shop. These days some CNC machinists will use a face mill for finishing work; but experienced machinists use a fly cutter with a diamond insert as their secret weapon for the finest aluminum finishing.
Finish in One Pass with a Fly Cutter
To get the finest finish over a large surface you should only make one pass. A face mill isn’t going to let you do that in only one pass. That’s what why a fly cutter is superior to a face mill. One manufacturer actually recommends that their face mills be operated as fly cutters to achieve the finest finish. It makes no sense to modify your face mill to act as a fly cutter. If a fly cutter is what you need, then start with a fly cutter. You can’t get the right finish if you don’t use the right tool.
Fly Cutters Do More Than Finish
Finishing is just one application for a fly cutter. If you are cutting an involute on a gear tooth or making clearance notches on pistons, then a fly cutter is the right tools for the job. Fly cutters are also great for circular cuts and notches in metal. Need to mill an odd shape? Then you need a fly cutter. Your imagination is just about the only limit on fly cutting.
Fly Cutters From The Tool Company
The Tool Company has the perfect fly cutter for your perfect cut. No matter the speed, the fly cutters sold by The Tool Company will perform with the exactness you need.
In addition, The Tool Company only sells fly cutters that are proudly made in the USA.
Balance and Stability. The Tool Company only sells Sierra American fly cutters. That is because these fly cutters are balanced to operate at high RPMs and lower RPMs as well. They are made with large alloy set screws for added blade stability. Because they are properly balanced, you can expect a longer useful tool life.
Variety of Sizes Available. When it comes to fly cutters, size does matter. The Tool Company only sells fly cutters that use ½” and 3/8” bits. This saves you valuable milling time. In any CNC shop, time is money. Three sizes of fly cutters are offered:
- 1 ½” diameter
- 2” diameter
- 2 1/2” diameter
All of The Tool Company’s products are made to stand up to the toughest shop conditions. If your tool is from The Tool Company, you know you can depend on it. If there ever is a problem, The Tool Company has you covered. All fly cutters are backed by a 5 year warranty.
You deserve a fly cutter that outperforms all others. You deserve a fly cutter from The Tool Company. Order on-line!
30 Oct 2015
CNC equipment utilizes very powerful motors. It doesn’t matter if you are making microscopic cuts for electronic applications or machining gears that power must be used with precision. Precision cuts require a high speed saw held by a precision saw arbor.
Use Carbide and Cobalt for Ultra Precision
Once upon a time, high speed steel was the material of choice for precision saws. Carbide has gradually replaced high speed steel over the years. High speed steel is still popular for drilling applications, but carbide is preferred when you need speed. Carbide can cut 4 to 12 times faster than cobalt-enhanced high speed steel, depending on the application.
Most shops use carbide and cobalt blade for their CNC cutting needs. By adding cobalt to high speed steel you get a saw with strength and wear resistance.
For burr-free cuts, use carbide or cobalt. The superior cut will save the time that further machining requires. Put together ultra high speed saws and CNC control and you get ultra high precision cutting performed at high speeds.
Precision Saws Require Saw Arbors Built for Precision
Precision means being exact or accurate. Precision saws are only used when the cuts must be completely controlled. This calls for a saw arbor that complements your need for precision. The Tool Company understands the need for ultra precision in some cutting applications. The Tool Company offers a full line of ultra precision saw arbors for ultra precision cutting applications. These saw arbors all have a weldon shank and feature:
- Deep, low profile cap gives you the closest cutter to work area on the market
- Extra support and for less cutter slippage
- Reduced cutter vibration with special Vibra-Core design
- Extra long reach
Quality Saw Arbors – Made in the USA
The Tool Company only sells tools made in the USA. We feature quality tools. You’ll never get foreign made inferior arbors that chatter and slip. Only trust quality tools that are made right; and made in the USA by workers who understand quality and the need for reliability. All Tool Company precision saw arbors carry a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.
With 6 standard sizes and 2 sets available, you are sure to find the size you need. Shipping is fast so order your precision saw arbor from The Tool Company today.
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