Seco Tools Inc. has announced the availability of Feedmax, its latest generation of high performance solid carbide drills capable of achieving high cutting speed (up to 770 ft/min) and high feed (up to 0.028 in/rev) for increased productivity. Additionally, Feedmax has a self-centering geometry that eliminates the need for center drilling operations, resulting in higher hole quality and lower cost per hole. As compared to competitive solid carbide drills, Feedmax has shown a 50 – 80 percent increase in productivity and a 24 – 100 percent increase in tool life. Feedmax features a special TiAIN low friction coating that allows for improved chip evacuation and longer tool life and a high strength carbide rod minimizes the risk of breakage.
The Feedmax system offers wide range of drills for different applications including lengths of 3xD, 5xD and 7xD and diameters from 0.0787 to 0.787 in (2-20 mm). Its M geometry is a light cutting drill specially designed for use in super alloys, duplex stainless steel grades and hardened steel to provide higher productivity and longer tool life. It has sharp, positive and strong cutting edges, which provide excellent hole quality, less deformation hardening of the work piece, fewer exit burrs and minimal residual stresses in the hole surface. The Feedmax T geometry is an uncoated drill that has the sharpest and easiest cutting geometry available in solid carbide drills, for use with titanium alloys and aluminum. It reduces exit burrs and minimizes residual stress on the workpiece. C chamfer style drills are also available. www.secotools.com
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