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    Default Best place to buy machine tooling?

    Its been 15 years since I bought the bulk of my tooling. Back then I was happy with Travers Tool Company (TTC). Haven't put in any orders in a long while.

    So who have you guys had good luck with? For starters, I need a fly cutter for a medium sized mill drill. Any recommendations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzy the nuke
    Its been 15 years since I bought the bulk of my tooling. Back then I was happy with Travers Tool Company (TTC). Haven't put in any orders in a long while.

    So who have you guys had good luck with? For starters, I need a fly cutter for a medium sized mill drill. Any recommendations?
    I think everyone should have the MSC catalog. They have damn near everything tool or shop wise & ship FAST! Then of course Grizzly has quite a bit of cheaper brand tooling.They ship REAL FAST also! But for fun I like Ebay. I just bought some cutters for my horizontal mill for $50.00 that I'm sure would have been 20 times that from a new order. There are hundreds of listings of box lots of end mills and lathe tooling. I've seen darn near every part for my South Bend lathe on ebay. Even found a manual for my 60 year old Atlas mill & recieved it in two days.

    Check this out:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...DME:L:AAQ:US:1

    $20.00? I could not buy even ONE of these cutters from MSC for that price! I don't even


    know what they are for, But I'll sure cut up SOMETHING with them!



    I got these also from same guy:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MEWN:IT


    I'm hoping that one out of all these cutters will work for cutting the lightening grooves on patched together milled recievers
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    $20 for all that? Wow. That stuff will come in handy on your horizontal mill. I am assuming b-rocky2 is you. I've never been that lucky on ebay. But I did get a bag full of newly resharpened end mills for $20 from a nice old geezer at a gun show. I should have gotten his address. We could have helped each other out. He was clearing out his shop. He said he would have brought more to the show but his back was hurting him. Kicking myself. Not thinking.
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    I usualy get everything from http://www.use-enco.com .

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    I use MSC, ENCO, and JTS machine

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    I would reccomend enco also , since they were purchased by msc a few years back the qaulity of their products has gotten much better, Travers tool also has better deals on slitting saws, taps and reamers than most

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    I usually check ebay first, just to see if someone has what I'm looking for, but
    then I usually buy my endmills and drill bits from KBC (http://www.kbctools.com)

    CDCO carries some cheap stuff that is OK quality (http://www.cdcotools.com)

    Other than that, ditto everyone else on MSC, Enco, etc.

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    This place has some good stuff too:

    http://www.discount-tools.com

    and of course:

    http://www.littlemachineshop.com

    http://www.grizzly.com


    I must say, that you definitely get what you pay for. The cheap stuff can't be expected to perform like some of the better-quality end mills...
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    Default I'd recommend...

    As a machinist, I'd have to go with the flow, MSC, J&L, and Enco are all great folks. MSC is the fastest and Enco probably the least expensive. As with all things they each offer different grades of tooling. Usually you won't get the same life and performance out of "import" tooling as you might from Cleveland Twist Drill or Greenfield. There again, if it is a one time job you might not need that investment.

    Dave

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