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12L14 is considered to be one of the fastest machining steels currently produced. This has been achieved through the addition and even dispersal of tiny lead particles throughout the bar. C12L14 gives a smooth, machined surface and because of its low friction component allows increased tool life. This grade is recommended for high-speed automatic screw machine parts.

Forte Precision Metals stock 2L14 round bars which is used extensively in automatic screw machines for manufacturing numerous parts requiring considerable machining and close tolerances, along with a smooth finish. 12L14 can be used to maximum advantage where considerable machining is required, such as bushings, inserts, couplings, and hydraulic hose fittings. With good ductility, 12L14 is suitable for parts involving crimping, bending, or riveting.