Keyway Broach Tools
To Broach Internal Blind Keyway's with our Keyway Broach Tools you must have a groove
or cross hole relief or you will crash the broach tool
Downloadable Broach Tool Dimensions & Keyway Broach Insert Chart PDF
Broach Tool Dimensions
|Length of Cut|
|T18L||3mm or 1/8"||1.7"||3.7"||0.750||0.495|
|T158SM NEW||4mm or 5/32"||1.575"||3.7"||0.750||0.466|
|T4MML||4mm or 5/32"||2.5"||4.5"||0.750||0.575|
|T6MML||6mm or 15/64"||3"||5"||0.750||0.745|
|T516L||8mm or 5/16"||3"||5"||0.750||0.940|
Keyway Broach Insert Chart
|Height of Groove (HOG)||Fits Broach
|3/32"||N332||0.0955 +/- .0005||0.075||T332L|
|4mm or 5/32"||Bi-160SM||0.160" +.001/-.000||0.095||T158SM not T4MML|
|4mm or 5/32"||N4MM||0.158 +.001/-.000||0.120||T4MML|
|6mm or 15/64"||N6MM||0.239 +.001/-.000||0.150||T6MML|
About Keyway Broach Tools
Our keyway broach tools are made from 17-4 Stainless and heat treated to 44Rc which avoids the brittleness of 60’s Rc and the flex potential of 20’s Rc. The long length of cut provided has been used and tested by thousands of machine shops and companies since 2006 when our patented broach tool design was sold through Razorform Tools. The same keyway broach tools and inserts that fit Razorform Tools are interchangeable with our keyway broach tools.
We do not do one-off special designs but instead rely on a decade old, standardized, proven product. When we send you keyway broach tools we know the same exact design you get is the same design that works for everybody else. The variables as to how well our keyway broach tools work for you are in your hands and mostly center around your set-up and programming.
The concept of broaching needs to shift from, a crashing operation where large chunks of metal are gouged out to a “shaving” action at high speeds. This does not hurt your expensive CNC machine as the average depth of cut per pass is .001”. At .001” depth of cut your machine doesn’t even know it’s cutting. Every week we have a new client tell us that they were concerned about forces so they put an indicator on their spindle and the indicator barely registered.
Another option is for us to special grind the width tolerances down of an insert that fits into a larger, longer broach tool holder. That tool could then be used to do a longer and smaller keyway provided that that bigger tool will fit the smaller bore size that is commonly associated with smaller keyways.
About Carbide Inserts for CNC Keyway Broach Tools
We only sell TiN coated carbide inserts. We do not sell HSS inserts. Our carbide keyway cutters have two cutting edges per insert. So be sure to divide the cost by two to calculate the true value of the CNC broach system. Our inserts have been called very robust and rigid and when you hold one in your hand you’ll feel the weight of it.
Special Grind width tolerance
Example: .0955” width special grind to .064” +.001/-.000
Special grinding the width tolerance is a minimum of three inserts, $15 grind fee per insert, and about 7 days to ship. We need at least one thousandths tolerance.
Understanding the Height of Groove Dimension
When using our keyway insert chart please always check the height of groove dimension. This is how high the insert sticks up above the tool to get the depth radially (not length).
This depth dimension is different than the “length” depth and usually is not called out directly on drawings but has to be calculated by subtracting the dimension of the centerline of the bore to the top of the keyway from the overall bore size.
3) the depth, or the depth radially, or the Height of the Groove, or the ceiling of the keyway
Please do not ask us to quote you insert life. How well our product performs is solely based on variables out of our control such as your set-up and programming. If you would like to see examples of insert life that other clients get there are many testimonials throughout our website that will give you an idea of what is possible with our product, here are a few client generated videos: