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It is usually used within manufacturing contexts to produce hand tools, power tools, stamping dies, axes, pickaxes, injection molding machinery and other kinds of heavy equipment. Read More…

Tool Steel Tool steel is hard, abrasion resistant steel that has the ability to hold a cutting edge and has resistance to deformation at high temperatures.
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Skokie, IL  |  847-966-3000

Block Steel Corp, ISO/TS 16949 Certified, specializes in aluminized steel and is the country’s largest aluminized steel distributor. We also stock Aluminized Stainless, Hot Dipped Galvanized, and distribute tubing.

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Grandville, MI  |  616-531-8600

Looking for a steel service center with expertise in flat rolled steel? Look no further than Hascall Steel Company. Check out our inventory: hot rolled, hot rolled pickled & oiled, cold rolled, galvanized, galvaneal, galvalume, aluminized and electro galvanized steel. Send us an inquiry today!

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San Carlos, CA  |  650-654-1500

With over 20 years of experience, Maxx Metals Inc., an independent family-owned business, has been a leader in the steel service center industry. We have a variety of different products in inventory, including hot-dipped galvanized and carbon steel products, stainless steel, and aluminum. Here at Maxx Metals, our staff will confidently lead our customers through the process to meet their needs.

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Valley City, OH  |  888-278-4682

Founded in 1977, Northlake Steel has become a steel service center industry leader. We are committed to producing high-quality products for our customers. Our capabilities of precision set us apart from the competition and enable us to tailor our steel products to your needs.

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University Park, IL  |  708-235-8912

Tandem Metals, a benchmark in precision slitting. Here at Tandem Metals, we offer stainless steel, carbon steel, coated products, alloy steel, red metals and aluminum HSLA steel. Our services include slitting, rolling, annealing, edging and cut to length. Based in University Park, Illinois, we are here to serve you and no question or order is too small or unusual.

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Tool steel is often used to build equipment that machines and cuts other types of metal. It is used in metal drawing, blanking, stamping, slitting, forming and embossing operations because of its hardness relative to the metal that it processes.

The American Iron and Steel Institute assigns tool steel grades that are used to determine tool steel's use. A tool steel's grade also identifies special characteristics of a given tool steel variety; such characteristics include chemical composition and reactivity. There are 11 tool steel grades, each of which is represented by a letter.

Grade A tool steel, for example, is used for cold working processes, while grade P tool steel is used for plastic molding. Every tool steel grade is characterized by high strength and moderate to high carbon content. In order to gain the desired hardness for metal processing, tool steel is carefully created during a precise alloying process.

Tool steel is produced in annealed condition, which means it is heated and formed into a desired shape and post-processed, which hardens the steel. There are many methods of producing tool steel. One common method is air hardening, in which case the steel, after annealing, is cooled and hardened by air.

Another very common hardening method is oil hardening, in which the steel is dipped in oil for hardening purposes. Water hardening is also common and involves dipping the hot steel into hot water, which causes the steel to become cool. There are three general classes of steel, each of which indicates appropriate applications and temperature resistance. The first is called cold work steel, which is used in environments with lower operating temperatures.

Hot work steel is exactly the same as cold work, but is used in operations when the metal becomes red-hot and pliable. Finally, high speed steel is able to maintain its properties in operating areas of more than 1,000°F. High speed steel is so named because it is used in drill bits and saw blades that are used to cut at very fast speeds; it can operate under these conditions because of its temperature resistance.

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