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Multifunctional tools that all machine shops should have


Machinists will tell you that in a machine shop, there is no room for wasting time. With this in mind, strategies need to be developed to save a few minutes a day. For instance, why not limit the time spent changing cutting tools?

This can be done by using multifunctional tools that can be used for different machining operations. Find out about some of them here.

Adjustable chamfer cutter

Contrary to what their name might lead you to believe, adjustable chamfer cutters not only chamfer, they are also suitable for deburring, punching and milling.

Moreover, these adjustable cutting tools aren’t limited to just one cutting angle per side. With a simple adjustment of the carbide insert (which, by the way, can be replaced), a machinist will be able to mill any angle from 10° to 80°.

If you take into account its versatility and the ability to cut at different angles, the adjustable chamfer cutter has a very high potential for saving time and even tooling costs.

Ball end mill

Ball end mills are surprisingly well “balanced” tools. In addition to milling an undercut on a workpiece, which is usually very difficult with a standard milling cutter, these cutting tools can perform several other machining processes.

Some of the grooving and contouring work performed is easy to do with a ball end mill coupled with a 5-axis milling machine. This tool is even extremely useful when clearance space is limited.

The ball end mill is therefore a good example of a multifunctional tool that saves valuable time.

Double angle milling cutter

Often nicknamed the “Swiss Army Knife of Machining” because of their versatility, double angle cutters qualify as multifunctional tools that are worth keeping on hand in any machine shop. These tools cut on all sides of the head, making them useful in a variety of situations.

In addition to their thread milling and chamfering capabilities, double angle cutters are also excellent for drilling operations. Furthermore, their advantage in terms of clearance over standard end mills makes them extremely well suited to a variety of finishing operations in hard-to-reach areas.

Choose a machine shop that uses these tools!

In short, these versatile cutting tools are virtually indispensable to any machine shop, especially when it comes to offering a wide range of services and fast turnaround times.

At Braidwood Industries Ltd., we offer a wide range of professional machining services, from gear cutting to industrial mechanics and grinding. Contact us to discuss your needs!

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