What is a Brazed tool?

Question Hello. I use brazed tools and I am interested in trying some inserted tools but I’m unsure of the cost. I mainly do mild steel and a bit of maintenance work. Thank you. Tom Answer Tom, Hi We offer a broad range of indexable solutions and brands to cater for you needs. If you…

Whats the best single insert milling solution?

Question I’ve got a sub-contract machine shop, I am trying to standardise my milling inserts. What can you suggest? Mike Answer   Hi Mike, great question. We would suggest the M4000 High performance. The M4000 offers a variety of cutting abilities including: Face Milling, Chamfer, T-Slot, Routing and Porcupine Milling. Due to the individual design…

What is High Speed drilling?

Question I’ve got a job comming up needing a large number of holes, I’m unsure if I should consider plasma or water jetting instead of drilling, any suggestions? Andy Answer It’s a tough one. I’d always try and stear away from Plasma as the hardening of the outer edges leave second opps more work when…

What are Aluminium milling cutters?

Question I used to use Ski Carb, is there anything better on the market? Jim Answer Hi, M.A.Ford have a selection of aluminium specific milling tools that are high metal removal rates. This video shows the 135 taper neck cutter pocketing with at 15,000 RPM with a feed of 23,000 mm per minute.  Check out…

What is a face mill?

Question I need some face mills and not sure which will suit me as the book you’ve supplied has too much stuff in. Can you call me to help choose please. Richard Answer Hi Richard No problem, we’ll call you shortly. In the mean time I thought this would be a good opportunity to post…

What is an Indexable drill?

Question I have a number of holes to make all the same diameter, what can you offer? Tim Answer Hi Tim, It depends on the amount of work you are doing, material etc… If you are doing a range of diameters close to one another i’d suggest the Walter D14140 indexible insert drill where one…

What is a Micrometer?

Question I’m after a new mic, any offers on? Don Answer There are always offers on measuring instruments. Please call our sales office for the latest deals (call us on 01227 366051 or email sales@alcatools.co.uk) In the mean time, the market leader in measurement equipment is Mitutoyo and they have this short video which may…

What is a milling extension?

Question Hello. I need an extension for my face mill but have concerns over vibration levels and surface finish. Do you do anything that might offer a solution? Thanks, Azul Answer Hi Azul, Walter do a range of anti-vibration tooling systems. Accure·tec offer milling and turning systems and their video below should help give a…

Where can i get Cassida from?

Question Hello, I hear Shell no longer sell the Cassida product. Do you sell it or know where I can get it from? Thanks, Linda Answer Hi Linda, Thank you for the enquiry. I’m afraid we don’t sell the Cassida product but we supply the JAX range of lubricants as they have the largest range…

What is a Camlock washer?

Question I’ve heard of an alternative to loctite in threadlocking applications…what is it? Answer CAM LOCKING WASHERS Exceptional Value Cam locking washers offer a safe bolt locking system that does not rely on traditional techniques to secure the fastener. This system utilises tension instead of friction to secure bolted joints. The proven wedge-locking method, meeting…