Posted May 19, 2014
I thought "for the price I'll give it a try"! Glad I did! I've been turning for awhile and sharpen and test different angles on my tools. This tool works great. Just take it slow and easy until you see how it works and then go for it! The carbide tip is great .... I may have to get the other carbide tools and throw my many HSS tools away!
Great carbide tool
Posted April 8, 2014
I just received my Carbide Roughing Tool (41501) today that was on sale. It is a great tool. As implied by a few other posts, using it successfully depends on it's presentation.
As in good woodturning, one MUST "ride the bevel". Have the tool rest set to have the tool at the center of the spindle, hold the handle low to rub the wood below the cutter, gradually raise the handle until the carbide slightly engages. It works great to either twist the handle left or right 45 degrees. The smooth cut is similar to that of a skew. A great tool.
I was almost afraid to purchase it because of a few of the other reviews out there. I'm so glad I gave it a try.
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.