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  • #16
    Make sure that the face mill you select uses inserts that are available in aluminum specific versions, ie ground sharp and polished. AKPT inserts are available in aluminum specific versions, I use them on my face mills and they work well for me.

    Paul T.

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    • #17
      So who makes a good quality high helix face mill? I'm a neophyte with the big boy toys. My BP Series II's are a new adventure for me. I started with a Sherline 2000 that I modified with the A2Z X & Y extended table and base.

      Terry
      Terry

      There's only one way to find out, might as well get started now!

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      • #18
        Glacern's face mills are very nice.

        I will second the motions for sharp inserts intended for aluminum--there are some offered by Glacern you can see there to understand what's being talked about.

        I will also second the motion for APKT inserts. They're widely available. Not applicable to a 45 degree face mill, but that's what I have on my 90 degree facemill and my little 5/8" indexable endmill (handy little booger for roughing).

        Cheers,

        BW
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