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Old 12-07-2007, 10:52 AM
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In June of this year I bought 58 brand new Fastenal fine grain carbide endmill from a customer, who was closing their in-plant machine shop. I paid about $400 for mills that would have cost $1750+ at retail prices, so I thought I got a "good" deal. MY initial usage wasn't anything special, not bad performance, just not the performance of other brands of carbide mills. I started to do some machining for a current job, I started to use the mills, again. If you need a carbide endmill, these should be the last choice on your list, they are better than no carbide mill, but not by much. They dull quickly, the feed rates have to be slower than normal, as they will chatter badly, the parts are being made of aluminum, I also tried them on some steel, the performance was very poor to terrible. At the price I paid for the mills, they are not a good buy, at full retail cost, they are a total waste of money.

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Old 12-07-2007, 05:10 PM
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I hate it when a supposed good deal goes sour. Fastenal here has been so outrages on their priceing I have quit dealing with them. Hope you can at least get $400.00 worth of milling from them to at least feel you broke even on the deal.
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:54 PM
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Fastenal makes nothing, but distributes lots of brands under their name. Some of these are OK, others are terrible.

At the $6.89 you paid for each one, you can hopefully get your money back.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:17 PM
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.. the parts are being made of aluminum...
Dataflute makes some great aluminum endmills...
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:51 PM
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Dataflute makes some great aluminum endmills...
Shade Tree,

I have some real good OSG and Nagata aluminum end mills, I was trying to use the Fastenal mills, because I'm stubburn, and hate admitt I made a mistake in buying these mills, and trying to get some value out of my purchase, I finally just gave up and went to a OSG mill and finished the job. They are just poor quality, not worth using and I still have about 53-55 of them, you live and you learn.

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Old 12-08-2007, 04:27 AM
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I deal with fastenal quite a bit as its the only local supplier. As mentioned its a crap shoot(and always expensive) I think they have different lines to procure supples from. For example I can get 4 different brands of drills at my local store, all in stock and all in your price range...China,Taiwan,Macadonia or US in price (and quality order)

I have really good luck with their US made drills and burs.
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