EndmillAsst

We run a survey to find out the most popular end mill brands every year, and 2017 was no different.

But to get the most value out of a market share survey for your own buying decisions, you need to understand what the respondents were aiming for when they chose their end mills.  That’s what you’ll learn in this article:

Top 3 Inexpensive Endmill Brands

Among those respondents who said their buying criteria was to find the most inexpensive endmills, the top 3 brands were:

  1. Generic / Chinese Made Endmills
  2. Accupro
  3. Atrax

BTW, let me just say I have bought a lot of name brand end mills on the cheap.  I do so via eBay.  If you’re good at eBay, you will eventually find what you want for about 1/2 retail or less.

Of course if you’re a pro-shop, you don’t have time for that nonsenses, but then you’re probably not buying the cheapest end mills either.  At least I hope not!

Top 10 Endmill Value Brands

Among those respondents who said their buying criteria was to find the endmills with the best balance between performance and cost, the top brands were:

  1. Harvey Tools
  2. Accupro
  3. Niagara
  4. OSG
  5. Kennametal
  6. Lakeshore Carbide
  7. Garr
  8. Guhring
  9. MA Ford
  10. Onsrud

This is where my head’s at, and lately I have bought a lot of Lakeshore Carbide cutters.  But, over time, I have bought all these brands.  They’re all good quality.

Top 10 Endmill Performance Brands

Among those respondents who said their buying criteria was to find the endmills with the best performance regardless of cost, the top brands were:

  1. Harvey Tools
  2. Garr
  3. Onsrud
  4. Niagara
  5. OSG
  6. SGS
  7. YG-1
  8. Accupro
  9. Kennametal
  10. Iscar

 

 

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