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Old 12-10-2007, 09:26 PM   #1
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ive bough myself a mini milling machine. i would like to know what mill ends would be best all round job.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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When I bought my first mill I bought these end mills...

2 flute end mills

3/32"
1/8"
1/4"

4 flute end mills

1/8"
1/4"


All of the above were double ended and cost me between $6.45 and $14.08 a piece. With these you should be able to start making simple cuts and learning to play with your new toy. Any info you need, feel free to PM me anytime.

Good luck, congrats, and have fun.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:24 AM   #3
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is there anyway online shops you know of that will post to Australia? i work in metric so ill metric mill ends
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Old 12-11-2007, 06:17 AM   #4
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if you don't want to buy both 4 flute and 2 flute end mills just go with 2 flute.

they do everything 4 flute's can do and you can plunge with them if they are center cutting.

try dormer i am pretty sure they have a place in OZ.


and unless you plan on cutting hardened steel then i would go with high speed steel end mills.

if you want to cut hard stuff. carbide would be best.

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is there anyway online shops you know of that will post to Australia? i work in metric so ill metric mill ends
I program and run a Kitamura mycenter 3xih with OneCNC . This is a very good CAD CAM system from Australia. I think they are in Brisbane ? they are on the internet of course.
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thanks. still didnt get a direct answer on buying mill ends
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thanks. still didnt get a direct answer on buying mill ends
Sorry bout that. You will probaly be cutting Alluminum and plastic most so use HSS "High Speed Steel " 2,3,or 4 flute endmills." I HIGHLY RECOGMEND" going to the Machinist Handbook website and finding the proper cutting speeds and feeds. There are sections to help you figure out how many SFM " surface feet per minute " to cut differant material at. As for a vender go to ENCO or J and L industrial supply.Both are on the internet.And most importantly my dad always said " Keep your fingers out of there!"
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know any ebay sells that sell metric bits?
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MSC or Mcmaster both sell end mills in metric sizes.

http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/N2SRHI?PMSECT=702

http://www.mcmaster.com/
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Have you tried Little Machine Shop they are great people to deal with. Pricing is pretty reasonable. Try talking to Chris Woods hes the owner.
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what does the length of cut mean? how much it can take off in 1 run?
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The LOC is the length of the cutting flute. It DOES NOT mean you can cut that deep all at once ! Rule of thumb on depth of cut is 1/2 the dia of the endmill. That of course is dependant on the material and how ridgid of a setup you have.
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grizzly industrial has a set ( i bought one) 20 piece 2 flute, and 4 flute set, 3/16 up to 3/4.... their $62, then you can buy seperate ones... if needed
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ive bough myself a mini milling machine. i would like to know what mill ends would be best all round job.

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What mill machine did you buy ?

Anybody else have feedback on their Mills


I thinking of going with the Shoptask Bridgmill, combo lathe

But may just find a good Mill because with a little enginuity A mill machine can do a lot of Lathe work also
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