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Tool Steel Grade Options

Common Tool Steel / High Speed Steel Applications & Uses

We have compiled a list of common applications and uses of our Tool Steel and High Speed Steel products for your convenience. What grade Tool Steel or High Speed Steel should I use? Below is information on the following Tool Steel and High Speed Steel grades A2, D2, O1, S7, H13, and M2. You may find the answer below, if not you can contact us we may be able to help. Email us or Call 1-888-866-5911

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Although we never recommend a specific grade to use, here is a list of some common applications for our tool steel and high speed steel products.

A-2

A-2 Tool Steel

Common:
Cams

Dies:
Bending
Blanking (medium run)
Coining
Forming, Cold
Embossing
Lamination
Swaging, Cold
Trimming, Cold
Gages

Drills:
Gages

Knives:
Chipper
Shear, Cold
Woodworking
Lathe Centers

Mandrels:
Cold working
Master Hobs
Molds, Plastic
Plug Gages

Punches:
Cold Extrusion
Cold Heading
Drawing
Trimming

Rolls:
Forming

D-2

D-2 Tool Steel

Common:
Burnishing Tools

Chisels:
File Cutting
Cutters:
Paper

Dies:
Bending
Blanking (long run)
Cold Heading Die Inserts
Embossing
Extrusion, Cold
Forming, Cold
Lamination
Swaging, Cold
Thread Roll
Trimming, Cold
Wire Drawing

Drills:
Gages

Knives:
Paper
Rotary Slitters
Shear, Cold
Woodworking

Knurling Tools
Lathe Centers

Mandrels:
Cold Working
Master Hobs
Molds, Plastic

Punches:
Cold Extrusion
Cold Heading
Drawing
Trimming

Rolls:
Burnishing
Forming
Seaming
Shear Blades, Cold (light gage)

O-1

O-1 Tool Steel

Common:
Bushings
Chasers (thread cutting)
Collets

Dies:
Blanking (medium run)
Forming, Cold
Trimming, Cold

Drills:
Drill Bushings
Gages
Knurling Tools

Mandrels:
Cold Working
Plug Gages

Rolls:
Master Engraving
Taps

S-7

S-7 Tool Steel

Common:
Battering Tools
Boiler-Shop Tools

Chisels:
Blacksmith
Cold Working
Hot Working
Chuck Jaws
Clutch Parts
Collets

Dies:
Forming, Hot
Gripper, Cold
Gripper, Hot
Swaging, Cold
Swaging, Hot
Trimming, Hot

Knives:
Chipper
Shear, Cold
Shear, Hot
Master Hobs
Molds, Plastic
Pneumatic Tools

Punches:
Center
Hot Working
Trimming

Shear Blades:
Cold (heavy gage)
Hot Working

Stamps:
Hot

H-13

H-13 Tool Steel

Dies:
Casings
Die Casting Dies & Cores for Zinc
Die Casting Dies & Cores for Aluminum
Extrusion, Hot for Aluminum & Magnesium
Forging, Hot
Forming, Hot
Gripper, Hot
Swaging, Hot
Trimming, Hot
Dummy Blocks (Hot Extrusion)

Knives:
Shear, Hot

Mandrels:
Hot Extrusion
Molds, Plastic

Punches:
Hot Working
Hot Nut Forming
Shear Blades:
Cold (heavy gage)
Hot

Stamps:
Hot

M-2

M-2 High Speed Steel

Common:
Boring Tools
Broaches

Chisels:
File Cutting
Counterbores

Cutters:
Formtool
Milling
Inserted Blade
Paper
Threaded
Woodworking
Cut-off Tools

Dies:
Cold Heading Die Inserts
Extrusion, Cold
Thread Roll
Drills:
Flat Spade Type
Twist
End Mills
Hobs (for cutting)

Knives:
Paper
Rotary Slitters
Woodworking
Knurling Tools
Lathe Tools
Planer Tools

Punches:
Cold Extrusion
Cold Heading
Hot Nut Forming
Reamers
Roll Turning Tools
Saws (Band, Hack, Inserted Tooth
Shaper Tools

Shear Blades:
Cold (light gage)
Taps

Still need help on deciding what Tool Steel or High Speed Steel you need?

We do not recommend a specific grades but we may be able to give you additional information on Tool Steel and High Speed Steel products that we sell. Contact one of our expert sales representatives today! Email Us or Call 1-888-866-5911

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