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Posted on Lathe tools, is carbide worth it?

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#1 posted 11-19-2014 10:05 PM

Are they worth it?
If you make your own, yes. Not worth it if you buy them except maybe something like the Hunter Osprey.

will carbide tools help make me a “better” turner?

Is it easier to get a smooth turning with the carbide?

Does the carbide stay sharp longer

do you even need to sharpen the carbides?

The best use of carbide is as a rougher because they will remove even hard woods in a hurry without needing to stop and sharpen but they leave a rougher surface than traditional tools so you’ll either need to finish with traditionals or use a lot of sandpaper.

-- Rick M,

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