When it comes to metalworking, selecting the right cutting tool can significantly impact the quality, efficiency, and cost–effectiveness of your projects. Today we’re drilling in on (pun intended!) cutting holes into metal with a magnetic drill press. Two popular options for cutting tools are Hougen Carbide and High-Speed Cutters. Both have their advantages and specific areas of application. We will be comparing the Hougen Carbide and High-Speed Cutters to examine their differences and how each can either help or hinder your work.

Beginning with the Hougen Carbide Cutters, they are known for their durability and exceptional cutting performance. They are constructed with a solid carbide tip that offers outstanding hardness and wear resistance. Carbide cutters are extremely hard, allowing them to maintain their cutting edge even under high heat and stress. This hardness provides an extended tool life, reducing the need for frequent tool changes. Hougen carbide cutters are versatile tools that can handle various materials, including stainless steel, mild steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous metals. Finally, the Hougen carbide cutters provide precise and consistent cuts, allowing for tight tolerances and smooth finishes. 

Copperhead Carbide Tip Annular Cutters

Moving onto the Hougen High-Speed Cutters, these cutters have been widely used for decades and remain a popular choice in many metalworking applications. The Hougen High-Speed cutters are generally more affordable than the carbide cutters, making them an economical option, especially for less demanding applications. High-Speed cutters are offered in various shapes and sizes, providing flexibility for different cutting tasks. They are suitable for cutting softer materials and can also handle some harder materials. The High-Speed cutters can be sharpened when they become dull, extending their usable life and reducing overall tooling costs. Lastly, they can withstand elevated temperatures to a certain extent, but they may wear down faster than carbide cutters when subjected to high heat and speed. 

High-Speed Cutters

The primary differences between Hougen Carbide Cutters and High-Speed Cutters lie in their material composition, cutting speed, tool life, cutting efficiency, and application range. Carbide Cutters offer exceptional cutting performance, and extended tool life, and are ideal for the high-speed cutting of tough materials. High-Speed Cutters, made of HSS, are versatile tools suitable for a variety of applications but may not offer the same level of cutting performance and longevity as carbide cutters.

The choice between the two depends on the specific requirements of the application at hand. You must consider the following: what material you will use, your cutting conditions, and the budget you hold for your metalworking project. Many metalworkers maintain a combination of both types! You can shop the Hougen Carbide Cutters and High-Speed Cutters at Ohio Power Tool today, via one of the links throughout this post! Don’t hesitate to reach out at cs@ohiopowertool.com or 614-481-2111 with any questions, comments, or concerns, and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media channels to stay in the know on all the latest announcements, deals, news, and more!