Proper Quenchant for 80crv2- Parks #50 or AAA?


Trying to figure out if Parks #50 will work to quench 80crv2, or if I need to pick up some AAA. After reading through the forums, looks like both have been used with success.


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Looks like a lot of people get away with P 50, but AAA is what it needs. I use a quenchant that is rated at 10.2 sec @ 78F.

Kevin R. Cashen

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The question of oil to use for the steel is actually very simple- ask yourself if, under any circumstances, you would feel safe quenching that steel in water. #50 was made to replace water with is quench speed, if quenching your chosen alloy in water gives you pause, Parks #50 is probably too fast. Now, the idea of quenching 1075 in water does make my teeth itch, but under the right circumstances, with careful preparation, I would attempt it. But under no circumstances, for any reason, would I put hot 80CrV2 into water. Even if it survived, you wouldn't want to see some of things it did to the inside of that steel.


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I wonder if there is a significant reduction in toughness using a faster quenchant than is needed.

Andre Grobler

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Possibly, but higher rates of distortion would be just the first hurdle to overcome. Let's put this one to bed, shall we:
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Parks #50 was designed for the likes of 10XX series and W series, this alloy has a cooling curve over 9 times slower than those steels.
Kevin - Iam curious to know what it does to the steel in quenching too fast... we struggle to get good oils here, you dont actually know how fast it is... some oils we have, that say they are for water quenches, but 3mm 1085 doesnt harden... so it is a bit hit and miss... distortion is one, O1 i did an experiment in water, gained a point as quenched, also warped a 2x1x0.2" piece of O1... but in the fastest oil we get, it was at least 1 hrc point lower than water and straight... any other oil and i get even lower hardness, not much, maybe 64.5 - 65 instead of 65.5-66 as quenched... this after some grain refinement. water was 66.5 and a little above on the test sample, only did it at one temp, not at the variety like the others. so i am using the fastest oil i can get for O1, and 80crv2, but is there anything else one can test or see, that will tell you the oil is too fast? - i don't notice any real brittleness, but that is difficult to quantify.