I researched several lathe tools to use on the new lathe. I thought the carbide tipped tools would be great for a beginning turner. Reviews of these tools were mostly positive. The easy wood tools were my first choice. But do not have the budget for them. Shop made versions are popular and many LJers have made them. I started making plans to purchase materials to make my own. Since I haven’t worked with metal much, I was concerned about the end result if I made them.
However, Rockler had a sale on their versions of the carbide tipped tools. Purchased them at $60 each. Got the square, round and detail versions. Although the cost for each is more than the estimated cost of $20-30 for shop made versions, I purchased them instead. I’m glad I did. I received the square one and the other two are on back order for awhile. That is no surprise at that price. I haven’t used it yet. I’m impressed with the general appearance and quality. Looks and feels like a high quality tool. I’ll post a review after I’ve used them.
I also purchased a 1/2” Sorby spindlemaster tool. I purchased this because I wanted a traditional tool to go along with the carbide tools. The advantage of the spindlemaster is that sharpening it is easy. Just sharpen the flat edge. The ground edge doesn’t have to be sharpened much if at all if it isn’t damaged. I’ll see how that works out. I may pick up other traditional tools in the future.
Finally, I’ve watched several videos on how to use lathe tools. Most of them use traditional tools. Wish I had a resource for which carbide tool to use for the same task. Along with how to use it. At this point, it is something I’ll have to find out by using the tools.
Thanks to all the LJers that answered my questions on lathes and tools.