L-6 Oil Hardening Tool Steel
L-6 is an oil hardening steel for use in applications requiring a good combination of hardness, toughness, and wear resistance. The additional nickel contained in this grade produces an alloy with greater toughness than the standard oil hardening types while retaining desirable hardness and wear resistance.
|0.65 – 0.75||0.60 – 1.20||0.25 – 0.80||0.50||1.25 – 2.00||0.03 Max.||0.03 Max.||0.50||0.20 – 0.30|
AISI L6 Tool Steel-US
|Preheating||1200° F||Should be preheated at 1200°F, soaked, then raised to a hardening temperature of 1500 to|
1550°F and held for one hour per inch of greatest cross section.
|Annealing||1400°F||To anneal L-6, heat to 1400°F and hold one hour per inch of greatest thickness. Cool at 20|
degrees per hour to 900 and then air-cool. A maximum hardness of Brinell 217 will be obtained
following this treatment. Because of its air-hardening ability, L-6 should not be normalized.
|Hardening||1500-1550°F||L-6 should be preheated at 1200°F, soaked, then raised to a hardening temperature of 1500 to|
1550°F and held for one hour per inch of greatest cross section. Quench in oil to a temperature of
1500°F, followed immediately by tempering. Tools made of L-6 in sections less than 1 in.
thickness are often air-quenched from 1500°F. Air quenching provides safer hardening of intricate
sections. It also results in less distortion than oil quenching.