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Quickly create concave surfaces and undercuts in wood—ideal for spoons, small bowls and carvings.

Arbortech Ball Gouge

Item #
54609
Rating:
86% of 100
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Arbortech Ball Gouge

The Arbortech Ball Gouge is a spherical angle grinder attachment that rapidly hollows small concave surfaces in wood. At approximately 1-3/16'' in diameter, the ball-shaped cutter is ideal for carving wooden spoons, small bowls and small to medium sculpting. It provides exceptional control, balance and performance in freehand wood shaping and carving, thanks in part to Anti-Grab Technology, which helps reduce the chance of dig-ins. When moved across a wooden surface, the Ball Gouge can also be used to create a rustic chisel-like texture. Its revolutionary, ring shaped blade is self-sharpening, rotatable and replaceable , ensuring optimum value and durability.


Features:

  • Quickly achieve concave surfaces in spoons and small bowls
  • Easily hollow out, undercut or create a beautiful chiseled texture on wooden surfaces
  • Ideal for free form carving—carve in any direction without compromising control
  • Anti-Grab technology helps prevent dig-ins, providing better control over the final look your project
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More Information
Brand Arbortech
Manufacturer Part Number N/A
Weight 0.6500
Tech Spec
  • Gouge Diameter: 30mm (approximately 1-3/16'')
  • Maximum RPM: 12,000
  • Compatible Spindle Size: 5/8''
  • Compatible Grinder Sizes: Most 100mm (4'') and 115mm (4-1/2'') angle grinders
Technical Documents N/A
4.3 / 5.0
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Works as advertised
Used the ball gouge on two ongoing projects so far and found it saves time and energy. Expensive tool but worth it if it holds up over time.
Some past work. Turboplane and ball gouge should make some of this stuff easier.
Some past work. Turboplane and ball gouge should make some of this stuff easier.
April 11, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Arbortech Ball Gouge
I bought this for my husband and he LOVES it.
February 11, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Excellent Addition!
This ball gouge works like a champ! An excellent addition to any power carver's tool inventory.
January 19, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
It works well, the key is to use it in the proper relationship to the grain to achieve smooth cuts versus chips
December 18, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Arbortech Ball Gouge
Nice tool! Like the way it allows me to hollow out small vessels.
December 4, 2017
Purchased
11 months ago
Works very well. Made of high quality parts and really hogs out wood!
April 15, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Over priced but has it's uses
This works better for some of the things than other tools I was using but does not works as well as I hoped. It leaves a smooth cut on one side of the spoon bowl but a mess on the opposite side near the bottom of the cut which causes the user to switch from one side to the other.
March 18, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Arbortech Ball Gouge
I am a 64 year old chainsaw carver. I carve for fun. When I saw the gouge advertised, I could hardly wait for it to be for sale in the US. Finally in December I was able to order it. Now I need more time to carve. I have used it on a couple carvings and love it so far. I give it 4 stars now only because I haven't had enough time using it. I have no complaints so far. I carved a 3 foot bear for a donation and it was sold for $400.
I used the Arbortech Ball Gouge on the entire bear for its hair.  It was fast and easy.
I used the Arbortech Ball Gouge on the entire bear for its hair. It was fast and easy.
March 1, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
I would not recommend this product. It tends to bounce a great deal and makes poor, shallow cuts.
October 17, 2018
Purchased
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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sounds like a useful tool for spoon and small bowl carving
Nicholas E on Oct 19, 2018
My son is an arborist, and hobby woodworker. I have made purchased from you previously.
Cynthia M on Oct 9, 2018
sounds like a useful tool for spoon and small bowl carving
Nicholas E on Oct 19, 2018
use up some hurricane material
Thomas P on Oct 12, 2018
My son is an arborist, and hobby woodworker. I have made purchased from you previously.
Cynthia M on Oct 9, 2018
I'm going to use it for carving spoons and it should come in really handy for carving my ladles. I think it should work well when carving my deeper tapered bowls too.
Gilbert C on Sep 30, 2018
Gift for my husband who had it circled on catelog
Marilyn W on Sep 28, 2018
My husband wants it.
Paula W on Jul 14, 2018
gift for dad....watched the videos and looks like the perfect tool
raymond g on Jun 6, 2018
Never owned one want to try it out and see if it is what I need for certain wood projects.
Ernest C on May 5, 2018
It is a unique tool that will come handy for carving many different things.
Rex R on Feb 1, 2018
Awesome tool!
Leslie B on Jan 20, 2018
Looks like a useful tool
Curtis K on Jan 5, 2018
looking to use it to gouge out concave designs
Donald B G on Dec 29, 2017
Gift for my husband
Nancy H on Dec 22, 2017
to facilitate carving curved shapes and bowls in stationary wood
Robert S on Dec 17, 2017
looks like a good tool have watched it on utube
Kristina J on Dec 11, 2017
Already have some Arbortech tools and needed this one for an upcoming project.
Michael P on Dec 10, 2017
More efficient carving
Gene C on Dec 1, 2017
It looks like what I have been looking for a long time.
Charles J on Nov 27, 2017
I have been waiting for it to be available. I am a 64 year old grandma who loves to carve with a chainsaw.
Patty on Nov 21, 2017
No grab power carving.
Nigel D on Nov 17, 2017
making spoons
Stephen J C on Nov 15, 2017
Arbortech makes quality products and the ball gouge will expand my capabilities.
Rodger C on Nov 11, 2017
use up some hurricane material
Thomas P on Oct 12, 2018
I'm going to use it for carving spoons and it should come in really handy for carving my ladles. I think it should work well when carving my deeper tapered bowls too.
Gilbert C on Sep 30, 2018
Will this attach to the Arbortech mini grinder?
Jeff D on Nov 20, 2017
Does the ball gouge attach to a drill or do I need a special tool to operate it?
Henry G on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The ball gouge only attaches to an angle grinder - the center mounting post. I prefer the Ryobi One cordless angle grinders to use with the ball gouge. Reason - they have a 3rd handle position on the top in addition to the right and left side handle positions that other angle grinders have. Cordless gives one more freedom than corded. The top handle is better for plunge cuts, using the angle grinder at a right angle. The top handle isn't as good for a King Arthur Tools chainsaw chain disk - harder to brace the grinder.
does it come with a blade ?
Tim Y on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes (you can see the steel cutting ring in the middle of the gouge)! Also the unit comes with the key to loosen / rotate the blade to a new sharp edge, allowing you to take advantage of the Ball Gouge's self sharpening feature! Happy carving.
What is the cutter made of? I am wondering if it can be used on stone. I am a stone sculptor.
Sandra C on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Maybe a very soft soap stone. Certainly not for anything hard. The Ball Gouge is similar in principal to the Oneway The Termite wood turning hollowing tool.
The Termite is a ring bit that is held at an angle to remove material from the inside of the object you are hollowing.
The Ball Gouge is a ring cutter held at an angle. Then the cutter is spun by a grinder - instead of the work spinning when one is turning.
If one replaced the ring blade cutter with a diamond coated ring, then the Ball Gouge would become a Ball Grinder. Or one might try dulling the ring blade, so it doesn't catch. Then attach the Ball dull blade Gouge to a wet feed grinder - the wet feed providing a slurry with grit for grinding and wet for dust control.