Tool Steels

Tool steels are composed of a wide selection of materials considered as high-quality steel. Tool steels are made specifically for the production of tools and tooling components. It can also be used in manual and mechanical work. Since it is made of various materials, tool steels are durable and perform better compared to other types of steel. Its alloy and carbon steel components make its hardness a distinction. In addition, tool steels have the ability to resist abrasion and deformation even at high temperatures.

Heat-treating is required for the development of properties or characteristics common in tool steels. A process that allows for a change in mechanical properties without changing the shape. This process also helps to increase strength; improving product performance.

Tool steels have a carbon content that requires proper care in the production process in order for these materials to produce the desired or expected level of quality output.

An unusual problem that may be encountered when producing tool steel is deformation. Keeping manganese content at minimum level is necessary to help minimize cracking and deformation during the quenching process. Quenching is rapid cooling done to derive proper hardness of the tool steel.

The unique properties of tool steels are classified in degrees of steel grade. The grade of tool steels fall into three basic classes: hot work, cold work, and high-speed tool steels. Each of these classes is composed of different materials to make them distinct from one another.

Tool steels are hard steels and require the use of a specific bandsaw blade. Recommendation for the cutting of tool steels is the M42 HP bandsaw blade.



The M42 HP is designed to cut materials usually prone to work hardening.

8% cobalt makes it exceptional compared to other bi-metal blades. Its specially-designed tooth edge and unique tooth geometry allow for fast, pulsating cutting action. The tooth design resembles a cat’s claw with a sharp, curved nail tip, allowing for proper chip displacement.

The M42-HP features will assure bandsaw operators of a long production performance time when cutting tool steels. Its variable height and set allows for an aggressive surge action in the cutting process. Over-sized width will help to improve beam strength for longer blade life.

One factor to consider when choosing a bandsaw blade is the type of materials the blade will cut. Tool steels need a special blade for best results.

If satisfactory results aren’t achieved, installing the right saw blade for the material will guarantee a more successful output.

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