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  • #31
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    I have neither the time nor resources to go through all the 100s of combinations of carbide to come up with something that works.
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    Talk to a rep. Wanted an all around general purpose insert and have been very happy with the results, just ordered another 10.

    Cheers, Bob

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    • #32
      For the price of an insert, I can buy a HSS blank and change it as I need to to get acceptable results...
      There is nothing stopping you from resharpening an insert. All you need is a small diamond wheel. It works with both carbide and cermets. While you cannot restore the exact same edge shape it originally had you can certainly gain a lot more useful life from an expensive insert.
      Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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      • #33
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        There is nothing stopping you from resharpening an insert
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        I use a hand diamond lap. More frequently on parting inserts.

        Cheers, Bob

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        • #34
          Originally posted by camdigger
          My point is this, I have neither the time nor resources to go through all the 100s of combinations of carbide to come up with something that works. For the price of an insert, I can buy a HSS blank and change it as I need to to get acceptable results...
          Exactly.

          That was the point I was trying to make a post or two ago in regards to Evan's hitting the right combination. There is really no easy way to figure it all out, and I have had the same experience with carbide as you did with asking a manufacturer for advice on the proper insert for the job. The finish was terrible! I do think that if you find a Cermet grade with a sharp edge that falls under the "finishing" or "fine finishing" column, you will experience some pretty satisfactory results as Evan did. It is truely a "when in doubt, speed it up" type of insert as the higher the surface speed, the better the finish, as long as your machine can stand it without chattering. it's nearly impossible to run one too fast. That's the hardest part to get used to after using HSS.

          Evan,

          I see the confusion. Looking accross the top of the page, as you discovered, you will see three different columns of insert types, Cermet, Coated, and Carbide.

          Thanks,

          Glenn

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Glenn Wegman
            I see the confusion. Looking accross the top of the page, as you discovered, you will see three different columns of insert types, Cermet, Coated, and Carbide.
            If anyone's interested, this is one of the better articles I've read about Cermets. Apparently the technological advance that's made cermets much less fragile than they used to be is micrograin ceramics (same basic technology as micrograin carbide):

            Cermets Get Assertive

            The toughness of this material has improved. Today, the applications for cermet inserts go well beyond finishing.

            "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Evan
              There is nothing stopping you from resharpening an insert. All you need is a small diamond wheel. It works with both carbide and cermets. While you cannot restore the exact same edge shape it originally had you can certainly gain a lot more useful life from an expensive insert.
              Other than removal of too much material off the edge of the insert will allow the holder to drag on the work trashing a holder worth as much or more than the insert
              Design to 0.0001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Glenn Wegman
                It is truely a "when in doubt, speed it up" type of insert as the higher the surface speed, the better the finish, as long as your machine can stand it without chattering. it's nearly impossible to run one too fast. That's the hardest part to get used to after using HSS.
                It's hard to believe speeding up the process will improve the excessive infeed pressure, squealing, and crappy finish from one insert when another does the job as setup without complaint.

                The lathe should be big enough for carbide - it's a 2 hp 1440 with an 8" chuck.

                P.S. àsk an expert`` I did. Every rep at the counter at ACT in Cowtown had input into the selection....
                Last edited by camdigger; 07-06-2009, 05:54 PM.
                Design to 0.0001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit

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                • #38
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                  Other than removal of too much material off the edge of the insert will allow the holder to drag on the work trashing a holder worth as much or more than the insert
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                  Oh come on, get real! Do you actually realize how much touching up that would take? And by that time, anyone with half a brain would rotate or flip the insert….Gawd.

                  Cheers, Bob

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Quetico Bob
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                    Other than removal of too much material off the edge of the insert will allow the holder to drag on the work trashing a holder worth as much or more than the insert
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                    Oh come on, get real! Do you actually realize how much touching up that would take? And by that time, anyone with half a brain would rotate or flip the insert….Gawd.

                    Cheers, Bob
                    Not a whole lot.... the holder base is already proud of the lower edge of the insert. These were a selection to fit holders included with the lathe. my half brain says I got a bad recommendation and I'm stuck with 8 new inserts that don't f%^$#g work.
                    Design to 0.0001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit

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                    • #40
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                      my half brain says I got a bad recommendation andI'm stuck with 8 new inserts that don't f%^$#g work.
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                      Next time call Kennametal or who ever supplies you direct. That way the other half can focus on what’s important….making chips.

                      Cheers, Bob

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                      • #41
                        Here's a sharp edge negative rake Cermet showing a coil (about 3' long) it peeled off of 304ss at .100" doc at 375 fpm. Cuts it effortlessly like it was leaded steel. It's evident by the limited chip breaker area that it is definitely a finishing insert and not an insert for large doc. I use this one for aluminum, some hardened steels, and stainless. It was also done on a very ridgid 6 hp 14" lathe so YMMV.

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                        • #42
                          Other than removal of too much material off the edge of the insert will allow the holder to drag on the work trashing a holder worth as much or more than the insert
                          So don't do that.
                          Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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                          • #43
                            I just bought a bunch of tooling, and found a few pounds of worn indexable carbide. The guy never threw anything away - soldered the worn inserts to a steel shank and ground then to his liking... nice

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by lakeside53
                              I just bought a bunch of tooling, and found a few pounds of worn indexable carbide. The guy never threw anything away - soldered the worn inserts to a steel shank and ground then to his liking... nice
                              I've seen that in a lot of machinists tool kits. all manner of lathe, fly cutters and boring bar cutters homemade from worn inserts
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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Evan
                                There is nothing stopping you from resharpening an insert. All you need is a small diamond wheel. It works with both carbide and cermets. While you cannot restore the exact same edge shape it originally had you can certainly gain a lot more useful life from an expensive insert.
                                If it's a double sided insert there very much is.Sharpening one decreases the support for the opposite side when the insert is flipped over.Un-supported carbide as we know snaps off nearly instantly and on inserts it usually snaps back close enough to the hole to ruin the insert.It's false economy to touch up and insert unless it's the last cutting edge on the last insert you have on Saturday afternoon 30 miles from town
                                I just need one more tool,just one!

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