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Forum topic by Karda posted 03-24-2017 09:27 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2017 09:27 PM

I have been watching ebay for turning stuff and noticed they have a large amount of Craftsman turning tools, how do they rate, are they worth the investment or are they more of a bother

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#1 posted 03-24-2017 09:35 PM

Depends on whether they are high speed steel (HSS) or carbon steel.

If they are HSS, then they might be okay.

If they are carbon steel, I would pass. Carbon steel can be sharpened and cut clean, but doesn’t hold an edge as well as HSS.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 03-24-2017 09:39 PM

ok thanks

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#3 posted 03-24-2017 09:47 PM

Usually, the ones with the RED hardwood handles are the “good ones” Still using mine, bought new back in the 1990s…

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#4 posted 03-24-2017 09:51 PM

I have some of them, and I find that they are not too bad if you can get the HSS sets. The red handled sets are the HSS stuff. They are labeled as HSS. I have used the brown handled tools as scrapers.
Just have to look at what’s available.


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