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    I just won a bunch of end mills in an auction { not Ebay }. They are mostly Niagara (USA) and Sossner (Japan?). What's the quality of these two brands ? I assume they are pretty decent. I have had no issues with them, just curious.


  • #2
    High to very high quality.


    • #3
      Don't know about Sossner, but Niagra(sp?) is top line from what I've seen. At least I've had very good service from the Niagras I've used.
      Master Floor Sweeper


      • #4
        They're both top names for quality. Assuming the end mills you got aren't worn, they ought to serve you well.
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        • #5

          Niagara mills make a most satisfying "snapping" sound when they break. Hey, sometimes one can forget to edit feeds and speeds when re-using a program

          Sossner tend to cost more than Niagara.

          If you think you understand what is going on, you haven't been paying attention.


          • #6
            Both are excellent quality cutters. One of the things beginners often fail to recognize is that there is a reason a good mill cutter costs a bunch of $$. They usually buy that box of "20 END MILLS TICN!!! $40!!!!" from eBay or ENCO, and wonder why their cuts are ragged and poor quality. A good end mill costs more than $2. The accuracy of the grind, geometry, and sharpness, all combine to make a good cutter fairly expensive.

            There's one exception IMO - a cheapo ruffer generally works well since you are leaving some material behind for cleanup, anyhow.


            • #7
              How did you know I bought the cheapo box first ? I bought A lot of cheap crap to get started and have been looking for good stuff at local auctions.

              I bought a box of 200 end mills for $50 at a machine shop auction. They are all razor sharp. Looks like I got a great deal !

              Thanks for the info.