Selecting the right cutting tool for your milling application can be confusing, with hundreds of options at your fingertips from multiple suppliers – and often little guidance to help you through the process.
We created our ToolFinder to take the guesswork out of the equation and provide simple recommendations to assist you with tooling selection. Start by choosing your basic application or required tool type. We'll guide you through cutter and insert selection with easy-to-use filters and speed and feed data. Check out this video for a walkthrough, or scroll down for more information on these new website features.
When you launch ToolFinder, you'll start by either selecting from a list of common milling applications (shoulder milling, facing, profiling, 3D profiling, etc.) or the type of tooling you are looking for (shoulder mills, high-feed, copy mills, or ball nose/backdraft). You'll then be presented with some application considerations and a summary of the best tooling for the job.
Once you land on a cutter or insert category page, look for the red outlined box for filters to help you narrow down your options.
For inserts selection, filters include things like material/ISO group (use the "Best For" filter), carbide, edge type, coating, and corner radius or cutting diameter.
Depending on the type of body, filters for cutters can include cutting diameter, effective length, arbor diameter, number of fluters, and cutter body material.
We also now offer starting speed & feed charts (including depth of cut recommendations) for each individual insert that show the operating parameters that will work for a specific insert in a given material group. These show as an image associated with each item – click on the chart to enlarge it.
ToolFinder is a great starting point for anyone looking for an automated approach to cutting tool selection. Rest assured, our applications specialists are also still here and always available to help you select the best tooling and parameters. Your job is our job, and we are here to support you from tool selection to the spindle.
Need help selecting the best tooling or machining parameters for your application? We're here to help!