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    Default Face Mill V End Mill

    I have noted that Shell End Mills and Face mills look the same ...well at least they do to me...

    What is the difference ...can any one explain?

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    A face mill cuts on the end of the cutters
    facemill.JPG

    A shell mill cuts on the sides of the cutters.
    shellmill.JPG

    An end mill does both but for a smaller area.
    endmill.JPG

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    Usually an endmill has 4 flutes and they are used to cut keyways which are not blind and a shell mill has a lot more cutting edges and is designed to cut a fair amount off and will cut alot better when only cutting with one side than an endmill.

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    A Shell end mill is basically a facing cutting when used on a horizontal machine

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    I thought face mills used inserts, either carbide or HSS (in the old days)

    Shell end mills are smaller and are all HSS and not used today...

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    You can get shell end mills that use carbide inserts, the main difference is u use a face mill to take cuts off the face of the job and you would use a shell end mill if the majority of the cutting is on the side of the job as you ca remove more material as the cutting edge is longer.

    http://img.directindustry.com/images...mill-35040.jpg

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    Eskimo

    Try this as a reference:


    Milling cutter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    mmm
    if you ask me the shell end mill doesnt look any different than the face mill

    example

    Shaw Machinery Web Site

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    On that page they look the same I would call the shell end mills they have there face mills

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