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A close look at carbide cutting tools

A close look at carbide cutting tools

Posted by Joe Hernandez on 24th May 2020

Carbide cutting tools are used when high-speed steel cutting tools do not remove enough material in the time available for the job. Carbide-tipped cutting tools are slightly more expensive than regular steel cutting tools. Still, they compensate because of their durability and the fact that they can remove more material per cut. Making carbide tools for a strict carbide cut is incorrectly expensive. The usual method is to weld the carbide to the steel cutting surface. Carbide is harder than steel and serves longer than regular steel.

A perfect example of a carbide cutting tool in this context is the blade of your circular saw. Most circular saw blades are made of carbide to increase cutting capacity and longevity. These cutting tool only lasts longer than flat steel. The carbide cutting tool cuts the material it cuts so quickly as high-speed steel cutting tools that most cutting tools come with carbide tips. If the quickly cut steel passes through the material you are handling, the carbide cutter will cut faster and more economically. The hardness cutting tool does not need to be sharpened as often as high-speed steel.

In the metallurgical industry, carbide cutting tools have become the standard for most cutting situations. The hardness of the carbide cutting tool and the durability it brings to the cutting surface simply make it more economical than using high-speed steel cutting tools. Productivity is the key to a successful business and saves time by not changing or sharpening the cutter more. This is why it is better to go for carbide cutting tools. The chance of a smaller inventory of cutting tools due to the longevity of carbide cutting tools also means less investment in the scope of hardware.

When you use a carbide cutter to cut a very hard material, a cooling system is used to keep the blade temperature and material lower. This prevents the material from being cut by distortion or, in the case of a heat-treatable material. It also extends the life of carbide cutting tools by retaining carbide tips. When a carbide-tipped cutting tool begins to remove less material or shows signs of darkening, sharpening is very easy. Sharpening simply involves removing a very small amount of carbide so that the tool can return to its previous shape and cutting capacity.

When you go to the store to replace your cutting machine, whether it be a saw or a mixing plant, always opt for carbide cutting tool. The slightly higher cost of cutting steel at high speed will be cheaper in the long run. This is because the carbide cutting tool becomes cheaper and because of the productivity and longer life of the cutting tool. Lastly, carbide cut is superior to the standard high-speed steel version.

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