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Machining Steel H10

Steel H10 is a Tool Steel (High-alloy steel) that has on top of the 0.4% of carbon an additional 7.2% of manganese, chromium, nickel, and molybdenum. (See details in the below table). Steel H10 has a machinability rating of 55%.

Steel H10 belongs to the "H series" of tool steels. They are classified as Chromium hot-work steels and contain medium carbon content (around 0.4%) and chromium content of around 5%. Tool Steels in this series (H10-H19) have a machinability rating of 50-60%. They are the easiest to machine group of tool steels and are used when higher strength and/or hardenability are required that cannot be achieved with Low Aloy steel.

You can find here a list of machinability Ratings for different Tool Steels.


  • For turning operations on Steel H10, it is best to use inserts with thick CVD coating and medium hardness. For milling, any all-around carbide grade is suitable.
  • For detailed carbide grades recommendations, check the Below Chart, or use the Grades Wizrad.
  • Recommended Cutting speed range for turning at stable conditions is 670 - 900 [SFM] / 205 - 275 [m/min].
  • Recommended Cutting speed range for milling with stable clamping and short overhang is 410 - 560 [SFM] / 125 - 170 [m/min]
  • For detailed cutting speed recomendations, check the Below Table, or use our Speed and Feed Calculator.

  • Equivalent International Designations for Steel H10

    Standard Name

    Chemical Composition for Steel H10

    Element Amount
    Chromium (Cr)3.00-3.75%
    Molybdenum (Mo)2.00-3.00%
    Silicon (Si)0.80-1.20%
    Vanadium (V)0.25-0.75%
    Manganese (Mn)0.25-0.70%
    Carbon (C)0.35-0.45%
    Nickel (Ni)0.30 max%

    Cutting Speeds Recomendations for Steel H10

    * Click on the speeds below for higher precision in specific conditions!

    ApplicationVc (m/min)Vc (SFM)

    Important! The speed estimation is given for an ideal situation:

    • Most suitable carbide grade
    • Stable tool clamping
    • Stable workpiece clamping
    • Good quality raw material
    • A short overhang of the cutting tool.
    • Nominal hardness of the material.
    • etc.
    Click on the speeds in the above table to get better precision for specific parameters
    Or use our Speed and Feed Calculator

    Recommended Carbide Grades for Steel H10

    * If you do nott understand the below table? Read This Explanation to make the most out of it!

    Grade for Turning

    Grade for Parting Off

    Grade for Grooving

    Grade for Milling (Indexable)

    Recommended Insert Cutting Edge Geometry for Steel H10

    Honing Size:0.05-0.08 mm / 0.002-0.003"
    Rake Angle:11° -13°
    Land Angle:Positive
    Land Width:0.20-0.30 mm / 0.008-0.012"

    Learn more about carbide inserts Cutting-Edge Geometry Parameters.

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