Great news for discount cutting tool shoppers!
We have a fantanstic new load of additions to our closeout and overstock
section, with blowout prices on discontinued items. The carbide or high speed steel these closeout tools are made from is premium grade material, and the tools are brand new in the original packaging. The only reason we are letting these tools go at such a discount, is that we have made some changes to a series of tools, or in some cases taken them out of our standard offering of cutting tools.
These premium high speed steel or solid carbide cutting tools
cut just as well the rest of the tools on our site, so don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of these huge savings, while we have them available.
Here is what you will find:
NEW CLOSEOUT & OVERSTOCK ADDITIONS:
Check out the new Kodiak Cutting Tools 2018-2019 catalog, featuring and expanded selection of micro-end mills, a new net price format and an expanded technical section.
Download Here, or Contact Us for a Printed Copy
This catalog is our best to date, and features easy to read product tables and crisp cutting tool images, for aiding in your tool selection. Now featuring over 8,000 different Carbide End Mills for all of your milling needs!
We have changed the format to eliminate the 50% discount that used to be applied to the catalog list prices. The new catalog already has the 50% discount included in the price.
If you order online, or if your account receives an additional volume discount, just apply that to the catalog prices. This will give you a better idea of what the tools cost, at a glance, for planning and estimating purposes.
Why should I use thread forming taps?
Thread forming taps produce threads by displacing the material rather than cutting and removing the material to form the thread. This essentially cold-forms the thread, producing a strong thread. Another benefit of thread forming taps is that they do not produce chips like a cutting tap would. Forming taps are known to also provide extended tool life due to the fact that there is no cutting action, there are not sharp edges to dull. They also stronger taps by nature because there are no flutes. Larger sizes of forming taps have what are called lube-grooves, to allow some clearance for lubricant and enhance the performance of the taps. These lobes are visibly if you look at the tip of the tap. You will notice that the forming rings on the tap are not perfectly round, but have lobes.
What materials should I use them on?
Any material that produces a stringy chip is a good candidate for thread forming. They are most commonly used on aluminum, brass and other non-ferrous metals, however the can be used on certain grades of steel and stainless steel. Most ductile materials producing stringy chips are great for forming.
How should I use thread forming (roll) taps?
Thread forming taps require different application parameters than standard cutting taps. Here is a link to our recommended speeds, feeds and hole sizes for your thread forming operation.
Did you know that all of are taps are designed to be used under power?
Sometimes if is a little confusing, because standard straight flute threading taps are often referred to as hand taps, that they are also used in machine applications. There are accessories available for using these taps by hand, such as tap handles, tap wrenches and tapping alignment tools, but the standard straight flute taps can also be use for smaller run machine tapping. All of our standard straight flute taps are made from premium grade M-2 high speed steel material, to provide maximum tool life. For additional tool life you can also consider a coating such as TiN or a treatment such as Steam Oxide or Nitride & Steam Oxide.
Take a look at our tap selection here: http://www.kodiakcuttingtools.com/viewcategory/taps
How do you run a double-lead tap?
As you probably already know, a double-lead tap traverses twice the distance per rotation as a standard tap would. The question of how to run them comes up from time to time, so we thought this would be a good entry for the technical section of our speeds and feeds blog.
The feed rate will be twice that of a regular tap, so to compensate, cut the RPM that you are running at to about 1/2 of what you would run a single lead tap at.