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4 Things That Can Damage Carbide Cutting Tools

Carbide Cutting Tool
You might have already realized that carbide and carbide-tipped cutting tools are superior to many of the other cutting tools that are on the market. Carbide tools are very strong and durable, but you can accidentally do things that can cause them to become damaged and lose their effectiveness. Learn some of the things that damage carbide cutting tools. Avoid these to keep your tools in good shape.

1. Storing Them Improperly

First, be careful about how you store your carbide tools. When you are in the middle of a busy workday, just tossing them aside or putting them with your other tools might seem easier so that you can deal with them later. Not storing carbide tools the right way can result in extensive damage though.

Even though carbide tools should not rust, carbide-tipped tools primarily made of other metals may become rusty if you expose them to the elements. Keeping them stored in a dry place will help prevent this from happening.

Additionally, since carbide is brittle, tools that are made or tipped with carbide can break or chip if they encounter other tools, where these tools are also of carbine or tools of other metals.

Because of this, you do not want to store your carbide tools with other tools. Instead, keep them stored separately in plastic or wooden containers to protect them from damage.

2. Not Securing Cutting Blades Properly

When putting your carbide cutting blades on your cutting equipment, make sure to take your time. You have probably done this many times before, so rushing through the job when attaching new blades might be second nature. However, if you do not put the blades on tightly, they could be prone to vibrations.

This vibrating will not just result in inaccurate and unreliable cuts but can also put additional wear and tear on your cutting blades and can even cause blades to break or chip.

3. Cutting Too Fast

Speed is, of course, an issue when you work with cutting equipment. Time is money, and getting each cutting job done quickly means that you can move on to the next job. You should not speed through the job when cutting with carbide cutting tools though.

Even though these tools are great for cutting, especially when cutting abrasive materials, you should use them at a slower speed. Working at a slower speed helps prevent added wear and tear on brittle carbide components. This also helps cut down on wear and tear on other parts of your cutting equipment and helps you get a more reliable cut.

4. Not Sharpening Them

Sharpen carbide tips regularly, much like you probably sharpen other cutting tools within your business or even the cutting tools that you use at home, such as your kitchen knives. This helps keep them in good shape and helps you get good, accurate cuts.

Even though the process of sharpening your carbide tools is very similar to how you would sharpen any other tools, you will need to use special sharpening tools specially designed to be used with carbide to get the job done. One example of a sharpening tool is a tool coated with diamond.

Taking care of carbide and carbide-tipped tools helps them last much longer. Of course, even with care, these tools will wear out after you have used them for a long time. If you and your employees make a point to avoid these four common mistakes, though, you will keep your tools in good shape for longer. Contact us at Carbide, Cutting Tools, Abrasives, Inc., for more information about our carbide tools.

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