Which brand is the best for irons to a lathe ?

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03-27-2011 10:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe

Hey everyone

As some of you know i just bought a lathe. I am wondering what brand in lathe-iron is the best ?

Its new for me so i would like to hear what all you people out there think ?

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 11:01 PM

Thompson, but you will need to turn or buy your handles..


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 11:18 PM

Hi Nap,

I asume you are talking about lathe tools.
The best iron or steel that I have used is the cryo-tools by Richard Raffan
available at Woodturners Supply-Provo,Utah. They hold an edge a very long time.
If you need a set of decent inexpensive tools you can get a good set at Habour Freight.
But don’t by the cheap Windsor ones. Get the ones with the dark red handles.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 01:21 PM

Cut3times but then i need irons to turn the handels :D

Dan il take a look at them and also Thomson. Thanks both of you for taking time to write here.

Best regards

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 03:54 PM

I’m not recommending a brand as much as I’m recommending a concept. I’m a big fan of the Easy Rougher and the other Easy Tools and the Eliminator tools

These tools all feature a carbide cutter that you do not need to sharpen. After 20 – 40 hours of use, you can rotate the cutter to work on different edges and eventually you have to replace the cutter.

This is a different way of turning. Check out the video.

Perhaps the only disadvantage for a new turner is that you may never master the “art” of using a gouge or skew properly.

I do 99% of my turning with 2 carbide tipped tools, 3 different shaped scrapers, and 2 different sized parting tools.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 04:05 PM

Listen to richgreer.


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#6 posted 03-28-2011 04:34 PM

I’ve been happy with my Sorby branded tools but I’m not a big lathe guy. I particularly like the “Skewchigouge” which is easier to handle than that pesky skew. If I had it to do over again, I’d go to the carbide tipped tools like the EZrougher above.

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 11:16 PM

Richgreer i just looked at your link and see your point :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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