M7 high-speed steel is used for making heavier construction drills where flexibility and extended drill life are extremely important. M7 molybdenum high-speed tool steels are mainly used for cutting tools in all machining operations. This steel exhibits good abrasion-resistance because of its carbon and vanadium contents. It is an excellent choice for premium tools which require an outstanding balance of red hardness, edge toughness and wear-resistance. It is especially suited for machining semi-hard, heat-treated steel at about 300-350 Brinell Hardness.
Other Known Names: 1.3348, HS 2-9-2, E M7, REX M7®, SKH 57, Tatmo-VN.
Griggs Steel Color Code:Gold
Drills, End Mills, Pins, and Reamers.
0.287 lb/in3 (7944 kg/m3)
Modulus Of Elasticity
30 x 106 psi (207 GPa)
45-50% of a 1% carbon steel
High Speed Steel Properties Comparison
M7 High Speed Steel Chemical Composition
M7 High Speed Steel Heat Treating
M7 High Speed Steel Thermal Treatments
- Furnace: 2175-2220°F (1191-1216°C)
- Salt: 2180-2200°F (1193-1204°C)
Soak 2 -5 minutes at temperature.
To maximize toughness, use the lowest temperature.
To maximize hot hardness, use the highest temperature.
Heat at a rate not exceeding 400°F per hour (222°C per hour) to 1550-1600°F (843-871°C), and hold at temperature for 1 hour per inch (25.4 mm) of thickness, 2 hours minimum. Then cool slowly with the furnace at a rate not exceeding 50°F per hour (28°C per hour) to 1000°F (538°C). Continue cooling to ambient temperature in the furnace or in air.