An indexable carbide lathe end mill is a cutting tool used in lathe machines for milling, profiling, and contouring operations. It combines the advantages of carbide cutting edges and replaceable inserts, offering versatility, cost-effectiveness, and high cutting performance.
The end mill consists of a body or shank made from a sturdy material such as steel or carbide. It features multiple flutes or cutting edges designed to remove material as the lathe spins the workpiece. Unlike solid carbide end mills, indexable carbide lathe end mills have replaceable inserts that fit into pockets or seats on the cutting head.
The inserts are typically made from carbide, a hard and wear-resistant material that allows for high-speed cutting and extended tool life. Carbide inserts are available in various shapes and geometries, such as square, round, triangle, and diamond. Each insert has multiple cutting edges, which can be indexed or rotated to a fresh cutting edge when one becomes dull or worn.
The ability to index or replace the inserts is one of the key advantages of indexable carbide lathe end mills. When an insert becomes dull, the operator can simply loosen a screw or clamp, rotate the insert to a new cutting edge, and re-secure it in place. This process eliminates the need for tool regrinding or sharpening, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.
Indexable Carbide Lathe End Mill With TPG43 Carbide Inserts 2 X 6 Inch