This technical section is intended to provide you with useful information, and suggestions on how to get more productivity from cutting tools. First and foremost, it is important to take care when handling cutting tools. Keeping them sharp and protected from chipping will improve performance and longevity. As a general rule when cutting metals, cutting fluid or wax lubricant is recommended. Our BruteLube will generally provide better work-piece finish and longer tool life.
Drills should be used to create new holes, while reamers are engineered to enlarge holes. Never use a twist drill to enlarge a hole.
When using a tap it is important to start with the correct hole size. Consult the Tap/Drill chart for general guidelines for selecting the right size twist drill.
Speeds and feeds will also greatly affect cutting tool performance. Running twist drills too fast, for example will increase heat, friction, and reduce tool life. Download the included Speed and Feed calculator to select the right combination of speeds and feeds.
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