Posted January 27, 2014
I'm only a couple years into wood turning, all self taught. The store manager at Salem N.H. told me the tool was aggressive and was he right. He took all of 15 seconds to show me how to tilt the tool on a 45 degree angle. My first, second, & third try wow catch city before I thought I was approaching the work with caution. I was hollowing a mid size trinket box. Withing 10 minutes I had the hang of it, and my box which was 3" deep and 4 1/2" round was completed. The impressive part was I could see immediately that my sanding time was cut at least in half. The only problem I had was my own fault. I set the tool on the end of the lathe while I was sanding and it feel off hit the floor and chipped the carbide tip. Now it is real aggressive. I suggest when not in use place the protective clear hose back onto the top, unless you have a very system to hold your tools while not in use. I also had trouble rotating the cutter. I had to take completely off and remove the set screw from the cutter using a pair of channel locks to grab the base which is tapered. I think when they are factory set or used and warm up with a little dust they bind. Once I freed up I was able to rotate the chipped part of the cutter facing the handle so it doesn't come into play at all. The tool has a very wide rotation and much of the tip becomes involved. Nothing is perfect, but this is close. My only issue is not just with this tool with an attached cutter, but all. They should all be able able to take various cutters like a router. We all know why that doesn't happen. I was lucky to buy the tool while on sale, and though I think much of Rockler's products are over priced, even at the regular price, this tool will pay for itself after spinning only a few bowls. Well worth every penny. I'm new to this and just starting to turn the corner and I can't say I've mastered it, but I am very comfortable using it. I disagree with the gentleman who thinks it's to long also. Make sure your tail stock is out of the way, the handle is over 2/3 rds of the tool. if your in that close you have 2 strikes, choke up, and hold onto the steel with one hand. I may be wrong, as 2 good hands are necessary, but my right hand controls the tools when making swings on you object. I agree with gentleman who said he has trouble seeing the angle of the cutter, thanks for the tip. I am going to mark the indented line on the top middle with some of my wifes white nil polish with some glitter dots, to distinguish when the material flying out is light.
I've been wanting to purchase a...
Posted March 4, 2012
I've been wanting to purchase a carbide cutter but never got around to it. Last week I spent the money and WOW are these cool. They cut fast,clean and with little effort. It took a few minutes to get the hang of it...it can be very aggressive, so a light touch is in order. I especially HATE sharpening so being able to simply loosen the screw, rotate the cutter, and start turning is a big plus for me. Now I'm saving up for the square cutter!
I have used a lot of...
Posted December 4, 2011
I have used a lot of carbide tools, but this is the hardest to control even with a lot of practice. Cutter may just be too big for my purposes.
It took some practice to get...
Posted July 5, 2011
It took some practice to get the hang of using this tool. It is easiest used if the attack angle is 45 degrees or greater. Any less that 45 degrees, the cutter catches causes a gouge. It makes great chips and cuts very fast.
This can be a difficult tool...
Posted May 3, 2011
This can be a difficult tool to master and as someone mentioned, it's very sharp and you have to watch your attach angle. If you are hollowing out a bowl it can be hard to see the cutter because of the shavings. With a standard bowl gouge the flute goes up the shaft and makes it easier to know where the tip is. I found that marking the shaft with a felt tip marker gives me an idea of the orientation of the cutter which greatly helps. This is particularly true if you are using the two swan neck versions of this tool where you are back hollowing a bowl. Sometimes I'm in so deep the I have to rely on the mark I put on the handle. I do also own the Easy Wood Tool square shaft carbide cutter and it works very well particularly if you hit some very hard knots in a burl. Have fun it's only wood and you can always recycle it in the fire place, if need be.