Review

Carbide turning tools are gaining popularity among woodturners and now Rockler offers affordable Mini Carbide Turning Tools sized for mini lathes.
Like most carbide turning tools, these scrapers eliminate the fuss of sharpening with replaceable carbide cutters. The three cutter shapes available, (square, round and diamond) each come attached to the tool and are fitted into an ash handle with a rubber coating. Dull cutters are easily rotated using the included wrench and can be replaced for a moderate price. After I turned numerous projects, the tools showed no obvious signs of wear and continued to cut quickly. The short 9” handles are a bit shorter than I typically prefer but were comfortable to use on small projects. Like most carbide tooling, they lay flat on the toolrest and are easy use. The small radius on the end of the diamond tool doesn’t cut the crisp details I typically put on my turnings and the square cutter doesn’t overhang the tool shank on the right, making it impossible to cut deeper than 3/8” or a deep right-hand shoulder. The round cutter works well for hollowing small boxes, goblets and scoops. For the money, I’d recommend the round and square tools to a beginning turner but would expect you to out- grow them as your skills and projects progress. —Tested by Brian Simmons

Product

Performance

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Features

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Ease of Use

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Value

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
4.3
out of 5