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Forum topic by Karda posted 07-02-2017 10:41 PM 807 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2017 10:41 PM

Hi, are HURRICANE TOOLS, any better than Benjamin’s Best or are they just more expensive.


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#1 posted 07-03-2017 03:51 PM

I haven’t used any BB that I know of but my Hurricanes seem to perform well. About the same edge retention as my Sorby or Crown, not quite as well as my Packards (Hamlet).
The only one I really don’t like is their small spindle gouge… I cant believe a 2” long flute; I would want a flute all the way to the handle if possible. Most of the other Hurricanes have a 6” flute wihich is about standard.

Note the Hurricane bowl gouges are sized by UK standards so they are about 1/8” larger than a US standard.
So a 3/8 Hurricane is about the same size as a 1/2 US spec.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 07-03-2017 04:24 PM

thanks, I have heard about the short flutes. I found some reviews on amazon after I posted this. the good review were very good but in the bad ones many people said they broke soon after they started using them. What i am looking for is an upgrade but I can’t spend, what sorby crown or the others want’. i am looking for a scrapper but they are real expensive . Thompson and P$N have just the blades but they coast as much as all my tools put together

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#3 posted 07-03-2017 07:40 PM

I have heard (from sources I trust) that the PSI heavy scraper is very good about 1.5” wide and 3/8 thick?
For smaller 1/2” I buy HSS $9 or HSS with 5% cobalt $15 from WTTools. Bits are 1/2” square so plenty of support.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 07-03-2017 08:25 PM

I suggest getting these two catalogs free just by calling their toll free numbers.

https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/

http://www.packardwoodworks.com

Not sure if this place still has a catalog but worth a look.
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodturning-equipment.aspx

There are a lot of turning tool and supplies vendors today but have been dealing with both Craft Supplies & Packard Woodworks for more than twenty years. Have not dealt with Highland or Wood Craft since haven’t received a catalog not sure how long ago. Having those two catalogs can be a teaching tool in a lot of ways. Big thing is they offer discount if buy more than one turning tool at a time and also run sales through out the year.

All the vendors mentioned here have a house brand or economy line of tools. Yes much easier to go online to shop and find deals & sales but how do those tools compare to named brand tools. Well with catalog can make comaprisons checking out cost of shipping too lot easier!

-- Bill

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#5 posted 07-03-2017 10:40 PM

thanks for your information, a lot to chose from, but I might stick with PSI. They have an inboard scraper set. i only wan the 1” but the price is right The heavy duty scraper is an option as well. question can you sharpen a round nose scraper so it will cut on the side as well for scraping the sides of bowls. I would make my own if I could find the steel thanks Mike

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#6 posted 07-04-2017 10:34 AM

If like PSI tools stick with them, my first set of tools from Grizzly cost about $28 could have bought them for same price at most swap meets. Grizzly no longer sells those tools or lathe I bought from them.

Regardless of what tools cost need skills to get them do what needs to be done! Didn’t take me long before bit the bullet and bought better tools and learn to sharpen them correctly. If want an education on tools bevel angles check out those catalogs!

-- Bill

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#7 posted 07-04-2017 03:55 PM

I hear ya but what I want PSI doesn’t have, the have and inboard scraper that is what I am looking for but only sell it in a set. But the set is more affordable that the scrappers i have been able to find elsewhere. It seems like they go from beginner grade to professional grade. There doesn’t seem to be some in between. a good tool that isn’t the best money can buy. I had a brain fart. I am going to hold of on the scrapper, I just made a carbide to for that purpose but haven’t had a chance to use it. Better see what that does first

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