Carbide tools ??

Fishbucket

Joe
Senior User
I’m getting more into turning and looking for a decent set of carbide tools.
What are you all using and what would you buy next?
Have any dos and donts?
 

Mike Davis

Mike
Corporate Member
Klingspor has the Easy Wood Tools, I have used them in our Outreach program.

They are very easy to use for rough turning and some say they are good for finish turning.

Since they work more like scrapers you will not get a highly polished finish cut like you do with a good spindle gouge or skew.

But with a little sanding they do a good job and don't require as much sharpening.
 

blackhawk

Brad
Corporate Member
do you have issues with changing the cutter out on the fly with only one handle ?
The set that I bought came with 3 heads, so you only have to unscrew the head when you change cutters. It takes less than a minute to swap out the heads. Hand tightening is plenty but they give you a wrench anyway.

The link that I gave may not come with the heads. It's not real clear in the Hartville description. I'm guessing it doesn't because I am pretty sure I paid a fair amount more than that.
 

beloitdavisja

James
Corporate Member
I bought my carbides from ncwoodturningtools.com, which is ran by a NCWW member. I use a Sorby Sovereign handle with them (I have the 22" and the 12"), with the exception of the diamond tool, which I just turned my own handle for. You can also buy handles from him as well.

Carbides are great for fast, easy work. Like Mike said above, carbides scrape, and traditional gouges/skews cut. Now that I have a better sharpening setup, I use my carbides less and less since sharpening is so quick.
 

Bill Clemmons

Bill
Corporate Member
I bought my carbides from ncwoodturningtools.com, which is ran by a NCWW member. I use a Sorby Sovereign handle with them (I have the 22" and the 12"), with the exception of the diamond tool, which I just turned my own handle for. You can also buy handles from him as well.
I bought a set of 3 tools from them and turned my own handles. They work great and the total price was just under $100.
 

Oka

Oka
Corporate Member
Best thing I have learned about carbides is this, for smaller detail work Carbides work well, a little different technique with them but they do allow to me, more finesse. But larger work the traditional turning tools are easier to use.

My 2-cents
 

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