Today I had a hot job that needed to get done but we didn't have the correct size (3" x 2.5" aluminum) stock on hand, so I had to use what was available (3.5" x 3.5") and saw cut as much off as possible and finish it with a face mill.
Problem is that the shop only has a 1.5" dia. face mill so I had to make twice the number of passes to finish the job and while this wasn't really a big deal, it was an added annoyance.
The other problem is that getting the boss to buy any tooling is like pulling teeth, so I figured I'd buy my own larger dia. face mill (with the boss springing for the inserts) but I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on one ($50 would be cool).
So does anybody know where I can get an El-Cheepo 3" dia. R8 shank face mill / indexable end mill?
By the way, what's the preferred term for this tool? I've always called 'em "face mills" but I see the same tool being labeled as an "indexable end mill" by some vendors. This is the type of tool I'm talking about;