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Forum topic by Paramed1976 posted 10-05-2009 04:54 AM 1228 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2009 04:54 AM

First of all, Thanks for the warm welcomes that I recieved from everyone. I have always found that woodworkers are some of the nicest people anywhere.

Now my question; I am in the market for a small rotary carver for pierced woodturnings and inlay. I am looking at the Foredom shaft carver and the small pneumatic handheld carvers (dental type drills). I was wondering if you all had the money to buy only one type. Which would you choose and why? If you would choose the air driven handpiece carvers, which one would you buy?

I appreciatte the help.

-- Ryan Gainesville, GA

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 03:00 PM

If I could only afford to buy one I would buy the flex shaft type i.e. Foredom or Mastercarver. Depending on the hand piece(s) you use you can use bits from 1/4” down. The air turbines limit you to really small bit shafts. Personally I have a Master carver with about 6 different hand pieces and an air turbine that I run off of an old small airbrush compressor.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 08:38 AM

I am a decoy carver and have a Foredom. It has operated flawlessly for 6 years of hard use. It has the ability to hog some serious wood as well as using it with small detail bits. Most of the decoy crowd that I hang with have Foredoms.

-- IN REMEMBRANCE OF MY NEPHEW: Cpl. Ben Desilets - USMC KIA 22 May 2007 Anbar Iraq

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