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Full-Size Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tool, Round

Comfortable handle with rubber overmold for excellent control and reduced fatigue—replaceable round carbide tip needs no sharpening.
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This Full-Size Carbide Turning Tool from Rockler features a replaceable, rotatable cutter that eliminates the hassle and downtime of sharpening. Simply rotate the carbide cutter for a fresh, sharp edge, and replace it once all available edges have grown dull. The solid carbide cutter stays sharp for longer when compared with steel, giving you a much longer useful life. Shaft features a flattened back for stability when using the tool rest. The handles are made of solid ash encased with a thick, molded rubber end for an enhanced grip and reduced fatigue. They're great for beginning to advanced woodturners, ensuring quick success without the frustration of dull tools. Since you don't need to invest hundreds of dollars into sharpening equipment, they're also an excellent value.


  • Ideal for giving you a smooth finish on curved, concave surfaces and for general turning applications
  • Total overall length of approximately 19-1/2'' provides the leverage needed for heavy work
  • No sharpening needed, thanks to the replaceable, rotatable carbide cutter
  • Ash handles are coated with a soft, grippy rubber for a secure, effortless grip and excellent ergonomics
(1) Full-Size Ergonomic Carbide Turning Tool, Round
(1) R2 Carbide Cutter (pre-installed)
(1) Wrench
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 1.4500
Tech Spec
  • Overall Tool Length: 19-1/2''
  • Handle Length: 13''
  • Shaft Length: 6-1/2''
  • Handle Material: Solid ash with rubber overmold
  • Shank Material: Stainless steel
  • Cutter Material: Carbide
  • Cutter Size: Approximately 0.60'' in diameter
  • Replacement Cutter #: R2 (#44013)
Tool Type Carbide
4.8 / 5.0
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Great product,
Worked well out of the tube.
January 2, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like the rubber grip on the end of the handle, the flat along the steel shaft and the balanced feel of it. I would definitely recommend it.
January 2, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like it
Great tool. Easy to use.
December 31, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Been enjoying this chisel!
I have had good success with these carbide chisels. I must say I like a real sharp steel chisel for the finish though. Carbide certainly has its place.
December 26, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
The turning tool is well made and works great for turning the inside of bowls.
December 26, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great value. I highly recommend.
November 9, 2019
3 months ago
great tool, good feel and stays sharp
October 14, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
These carbide tools are easy to handle and take off a lot of wood
At the same time.
September 29, 2019
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good tool
Enjoyed this tool. Worked perfectly for me.
September 12, 2019
5 months ago
I like the feel of the tool comfortabl I use it more than my other ones.
August 12, 2019
5 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Comfort and sharpness.
James S on Jan 14, 2020
tired of sharpening so often.
Brian D on Dec 23, 2019
Comfort and sharpness.
James S on Jan 14, 2020
Confidence in Rockler products
Robert K on Jan 9, 2020
tired of sharpening so often.
Brian D on Dec 23, 2019
Hoping it solves my turning needs for a sharp tool.
James H on Dec 17, 2019
used in recent in store class. great upgrade from my old chisels
Valued C on Dec 15, 2019
Very good tool for roughing
Roderic J on Dec 14, 2019
Less stress on my hand
Sandra M on Dec 12, 2019
Christmas gift for a friend.
SUSAN W on Dec 12, 2019
This is a gift for my Army buddy, I've used these for a while they're the best that I've used
Therman L on Dec 11, 2019
I think I would use this shape the most
Luke C on Dec 4, 2019
improve turning skills
Joe S on Dec 2, 2019
Good sale price.
Tim H on Nov 29, 2019
On advice from a Rockler specialist
Paul T on Nov 8, 2019
I pick this up because It is a tool every woodworker should have, it very easy to use and I am teaching my nephew how to turn wood.
Sean P on Jul 31, 2019
The carbide tools are so easy to use and dependable. Sharpening isn’t an issue so I can get busy on the project. This is my 7th carbide tool. <br />I just purchase another tool when the justification presents itself.<br />My only problem is with CL (I glued my blade in place :(
Suzanne M W on Jul 18, 2019
I wanted to try a carbide turning tool.
Robert C on Jun 13, 2019
just because
G C on May 9, 2019
Wanted to try this type of tool. Also sales price.
Gregory P on Feb 28, 2019
I have a starter set (Non Carbide) I had bought with my lathe to get me started, Now I decided to upgrade with carbide and with better quality.
Max G on Feb 23, 2019
Needing an improved method for hollowing bowls, etc. Reviews give a very positive experience with this tool.
Cecil Y on Feb 22, 2019
Great beginning tool.
Bobby on Feb 16, 2019
Great sale price!
Richard R on Feb 14, 2019
sale price and reviews
Ed H on Feb 12, 2019
Good reviews and price.
Tommy R on Jan 31, 2019
easier to work bigger pieces
walter b on Jan 31, 2019
Great price.
Howard H on Jan 30, 2019
good beginner carbide tools on sale
Mark O on Jan 30, 2019
Real good reviews and on sale.
Thomas S on Jan 25, 2019
Verified with a friend who has this tool, that it's Awsome!
Steve C on Jan 23, 2019
Truly appreciate the square turning tool previously ordered. Will match that tool.
Bob P on Jan 21, 2019
Struggling keeping HSS tools sharp. Hard wood eats them up. I have to stop and sharpen multiple times on a single project to keep clean cuts. Hope these solve that problem, reasonable price on sale.
Edwin M on Jan 19, 2019
My last round carbide tool, Savannah, snapped apart at the connection of the handle and the tool part.
R H on Jan 18, 2019
Needed to start turning pens.
greg p on Jan 15, 2019
good price
DAVE R on Dec 21, 2018
Good price
Joseph C S on Dec 14, 2018
Gift for husband
Linda G. on Dec 12, 2018
I like the middle size tools I bought on sale to check out carbide tools.
Wolfgang S on Dec 8, 2018
It was a special request from my woodworking son.
Donna R on Dec 2, 2018
good tool and price
TOM E on Dec 2, 2018
Jonathan G on Dec 1, 2018
price and need
Robert D on Nov 23, 2018
Good experience with previous carbide tool
DAVID H on Nov 23, 2018
I saw Brad from FixThisBuildThat on YouTube using these tools!
Parker W on Nov 23, 2018
Quality is excellent, comfortable to use, needed them as I'm a new Turner on a very tight budget. Black Friday sale way to good to pass up!
D A on Nov 22, 2018
I want to give turning with carbide tools a try.
Eileen M on Oct 5, 2018
John C on Aug 17, 2018
The reviews were excellent. Also, a fellow wood turner uses carbide tools and loves them.
Daniel S on Jun 22, 2018
I am a novice wood turner and would like to turn bowls more easily. I believe based on the reviews, that this will help me to do so.
Helmut S on May 9, 2018
Great tool at a great price.
Patrick M on May 7, 2018
I have a hard time sharpening my lathe tools and wanted to try something different
David M on Mar 1, 2018
Confidence in Rockler products
Robert K on Jan 9, 2020
Hoping it solves my turning needs for a sharp tool.
James H on Dec 17, 2019
What Grade carbide is the cutter?
RANDY U on Jan 13, 2016
Asked before, what is the size of the screw and are they available?
Harley L on Oct 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Call Rockler tech support, we can help you out
Where are these tools made?
Kevin B on Dec 25, 2015
What is difference in "square radius carbide" & "square ergonomic carbide"? (turning tools)
A shopper on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The ever-so-slightly rounded square edge helps protect against catches (corner digging in) but still keeps a lot of the blade edge on the wood. I use it a lot for final smoothing cuts with less danger of ruining an almost finished piece. For final flat finishing of a bowl bottom, however, stay with the full square blade.

"officially" you can fit the slightly curved blade onto the tool that is made for the full-square blade. It is not a perfect fit, but it will work. Personally, I just want to grab the right tool and not stop to change a blade, so eventually I bought the right tool. But if you want to just try the slightly curved blade without committing to the cost of the whole tool, it will work.
How well do these tools work with bowl turning?
David P on Jan 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have 20 other tools and an expensive sharpening system. They are "collecting dust" now as I use the Rockler carbide tools almost exclusively. I doubt that Rockler's are particularly better than any other name brand tool, but they are more reasonably priced, and even at that they go on sale periodically. You will end up wanting every one of them (4 total now I believe).

Some of the old timers "pooh pooh" them. Do you remember when digital cameras first came on the scene? No way they would last, or provide the same quality as film. That is what you heard from the nay-sayers, and especially the pros. Bought any film lately?

start off with the full circle one if you turn bowls. You will like them.

I keep getting catches when trying to clean up the inside of a bowl or goblet. Not sure what I am doing wrong?.
Stephen M on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Im guessing this is due to having two points of contact at the same time. As the bowl spins and the cutter head contacts at two points both points and rotating at different rpm. This can cause a catch no matter what turning tool you use. I own one of these and it does greatly reduce the learning curve vs using traditional turning tools but, they will still catch if you're not careful.
I am very new to wood turning. Can I use this to make square blanks rounded or help smooth the inside of bowls and other such things?
Nick C on Apr 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have all 3 of the full sized carbide tools and they are great tools. Very forgiving
I resharpen the round and square ones on my diamond stone yet they hold their edge for quite a while just don't crowd them I highly recommend all three even though they are expensive they also have great handles with ergonomic grips
should last a lifetime Enterrrr
What is the size of the screw that holds it on? Lost mine.
SkyKaeChad on Sep 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are metric. M7 but I am not sure which thread, 0.5, 0.7 or 1.0
What is the diameter of the cutter?
First Name L on Jan 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 19/32 "
Are these as good as Easy Turn Wood tools and are the inserts interchangeable between Rockler and the Easy Turn tools?
Don B on Jul 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are a great set for carbide tools, especially your first carbide set as they are a bit differnet then HSS to work with. I like the handles better on the easy wood, but the rockler set is a very nice set. I have all three in the bigger size and use them almost daily. They are not interchangeable with another brand as far as I know.
I was wondering if the round and square blade inserts are interchangeable on the same handle. If so how difficult is it to switch from one cutter head to the other?
greg d on Aug 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: no...and sort of. The round and square are not interchangeable on the same handle..not even close. But in a pinch you can fit the "round-square" on the handle meant for the square blade. It is not a perfect fit in that the "round-square" does not seat perfectly flat, but you can get buy with it until you save up your pennies to buy the correct handle (on sale of course) which you will eventually do.

Changing the blades is a 3 minute task, but you will much rather just want to reach for the correct tool, all ready to go.

But forget all about the round fitting the square, or vice-versa.

Hope this helps.
I read that there are 3 types of blades. Tunston, carbide and steel. Which lasts the longest?
Edward G on May 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you know how to sharpen then steel. If not carbide.
Could you get away with buying one tool and changing out the different carbide tips? Like square, round and pointed
John P on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: if you look at the tip configuration you will notice that each tool tip is a different shape, so your round will only fit on a round. An excellent tool, and every couple of months you can just rotate to get an new edge. Carbide bits can also be sharpened over again, just check on you tube to learn how. I have four complete sets of these tools and 4 sets of mini tools for a program I run with Veterans in Lincoln, Ne., these tools give access to veterans to turn pens without learning all the tricks to sharpening tools. On sale these are a great buy.
Is this used in place of a bowl gouge? My next project is an urn and I'm considering this tool for the depth of the job. What do you think?
Lee R on Feb 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can use it for that purpose if you need. I have made many bowls use my the carbide turning tools.
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