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Knowledge Base

How should broaches be packaged for shipment?

January 29, 2019

Broaches should be shipped in wood, metal, or stiff corrugated cardboard packaging with wooden or thick plastic ends. All surfaces that contact the broach should be covered in a soft and durable material, such as wood, plastic, rubber, or dense cardboard product. The broach tools should be packed tightly to ensure no movement of the…

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How should broach tools be stored?

January 29, 2019

Broach cutting tools should be stored in vertical or horizontal racks, keeping each tool separate from one another. A soft padding (such as wood, plastic or rubber) should be used to cover all surfaces touching the broach tools.

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How is broach wear measured?

January 29, 2019

Broach cutting tool wear is measured best with a digital microscope with optical measurement capabilities. The microscope can be used to quantify the amount of wear on the tops, corners, and faces of the cutting teeth.

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When should a broach cutting tool be resharpened?

January 29, 2019

Most broach cutting tools require sharpening after 0.008 to 0.010 inches of wear is generated on the tops (outside diameter) of the cutting teeth. This is a good starting point for tool life management and often leads to maximum broach tool utilization.

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What kind of machine is required to use a broach cutting tool?

January 29, 2019

Broach cutting tools are usually used in broaching machines, designed specifically for the broaching process. Most broaching machines use pull type broaches or mounted surface (external) broach tools. Broaching machines come in vertical and horizontal orientations. Push type broaching tools are used in a hydraulic press, where a smooth continuous stroke is required.

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Can broach tools cut hardened parts?

January 29, 2019

Uncoated broach tools made of a premium high speed steel grade can usually cut parts that have a hardness less than or equal to 32 HRC. It is possible to cut parts that are 38 to 42 HRC in hardness with a combination of premium high speed steel and advanced PVD coatings. Parts that have…

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What are broach tools made of?

January 28, 2019

Broach cutting tools are usually made of an molybdenum or tungsten series tool steel: M2, PM-M4, PM-T15, etc…

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How long can a broach tool be?

January 28, 2019

Broach tools vary in length depending on the cutting application. In most cases, broach tools can have an over-all length that is up to 100 times the smallest cutting tooth diameter.

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How many times can a broach tool be resharpened

January 28, 2019

A broach tool can often be resharpened more than once. Most broach tools can be sharpened until the thickness of the cutting teeth reaches 0.040 inches (or 1 millimeter).

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Can a broach tool be resharpened?

January 28, 2019

Yes, most broach tools can be resharpened.

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