Cutter Material

  • Carbide is harder than high-speed or cobalt steel, making it more wear resistant at high speeds and providing longer tool life.
  • Cobalt steel can be run at fast speeds and stays sharp longer than high-speed steel tools, while offering resistance to heat and abrasion.
  • High-speed steel (HSS) offers toughness and shock resistance, and is compatible with a variety of materials.
  • Powdered-metal steel offers performance that approaches that of carbide tools, but with the toughness and shock resistance of high-speed steel.