drill speed for stainless

what is the proper drill speed and best technique for drilling stainless steel?

Reply to
El Cazador
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slow and hard. SS work hardens, you need high feed slow speed. The instant you stop getting a continous chip-STOP! Resharpen the drill and go again. I like oil for SS, I don't use this anywhere else for drilling.


Reply to
Karl Townsend

Depends on diameter, etc. These numbers are conservative for the most part...

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Some call the difficult drilling "work hardening" but I believe that Stainless simply holds onto the high temperatures caused by cutting more than other metals and thus a deep cut into "cool material" is needed to make a clean, easy hole.

ALWAYS use coolant... Motor oil is cheap and works just fine but isn't very environmentally friendly in bulk, etc.

No coolant? Say goodbye to your drills.

Too fast an RPM rate? Same thing... Adios.

Taking shallow cuts? Care to guess the outcome?

Much success to you in the project, whatever it is.

Regards, Joe Agro, Jr. (800) 871-5022

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Joe AutoDrill

FWIW, there have been scientific studies of stainless-steel work hardening that quantify the whole thing. The work-hardening is severe, and modeling the chip-making in stainless by a conventional drill bit is not easy. But it has been done, and the studies show that it does harden very quickly.

It also heats up, as you say, partly because it's very tough and partly because stainless is a poor thermal conductor. All together, these factors contribute to the difficulty of drilling stainless.

Years ago I drilled many hundreds of 304 stainless parts on a Herbert turret lathe, feeding by hand. One slip, one pause, and you had trouble.

-- Ed Huntress

Reply to
Ed Huntress

Thanks a lot. This really helps.

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El Cazador

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