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Chris

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1156 days ago

I am in the market for a power carver and was considering the weecher brand. I was wondering if any of you own this particular brand or are familiar with their design in the chucking of the bits. If i understand correctly, the company that makes them designs the chucks in one of two ways, there is a collet chucking system and jacobs chucking system.

Can these systems be changed out on any of their designs?

What in your opinion would be the better means of chucking when it comes to power woodcarvers?

I plan on using mine for tedious, close quarter carving and am concerned about hand fatigue, etc;? I am thinking about the various weights about the two units. Really wanting something that doesn’t cramp my hands too bad.

Any further suggestions in regards to other brands, other carvers, and the like are highly welcome. I am very familiar in regards to tooling in the arena of woodturning but not so in the realm of woodcarving.

so go easy guys

Chris

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com


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Jim Finn

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#1 posted 1155 days ago

I have a mastercarver brand set up. About the same as wecheer. I have three different hand pieces. One is a mini jack hammer that takes small gouges and works like a charm for carving. Another is a collet type hand piece and the third is a chuck and key type. The chuck and key type is a LOT easier to change out tips with. It is also larger than the other two handpieces and for me is more comfortable to hold. It will take up to 1/4’ tips whereas the collet type handpiece is limited to smaller tips. Wecheer…mastercarver…and foredom hand pieces are all interchangeable I believe. I have a table top power unit with speed controler in it. I opted to not get the foot speed control because to me it is tireing to hold my foot in one place all the time.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 605 days ago

Hi Chris. I am also looking to buy a power carver. I have a Dremel tool but it only handles 1/8” bits. They have a cheap carver at Harbor Freight with a foot pedal, which is nice , but it only goes to 5/32” .
I just got the Woodcraft sale flyer and they have a 1/4 HP Weecheer that will take 1/4” bits for $159.
In searching today, I found a 1/3hp Wecheer carver for $169 and I’m thinking that is what I should buy. If you are interested, drop me a PM and I’ll find the site for you….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Howie

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#3 posted 605 days ago

I have the wecheer and have been very satisfied with it.
Like Jim Finn stated get the table top speed unit. The foot control is not that comfortable.

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lwllms

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#4 posted 605 days ago

The collets in the hand piece are weak part of Weecheer’s design. They’re aluminum and deform a little under pressure. This makes changing points or other tools a lot harder than it should be. Foredom’s hand piece will fit a Weecher flex shaft but they’ll add to the cost of the tool. If you’re careful and only lightly torque the collet nut you should be able to get by for some time. I’ve been thinking of just making some hardened tool steel collets for the Weecher we have but I’m not sure I want to put that much time into the Weecher hand piece. It might be smarter to just buy a Foredom hand piece. Other than the collet situation the Weecher flex shaft seems to be a well made tool.

Grizzly sells a similar flex shaft for about $60 last time I checked. It also accepts Foredom hand pieces but the Grizzly unit isn’t reversible so there are trade-offs there too.

Foredom, of course, is the best made and doesn’t have weaknesses of other units but they’re expensive. It’s all a matter of how much you plan to use the tool and what your budget is. I don’t use those we have for carving so I’m not sure what to say about the carving hand pieces.

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Chris

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#5 posted 604 days ago

Thanks, i appreciate the reply. It has been quite sometime since I made this original thread. Since, that time I have settled for the Dremel flex shaft for my Dremel tool, simply because I just needed a tool that would allow me to add little embellishments to my workings and needing something to fit that bill. As far as a bona fide carver goes, i do not necessarily need one at this time.

I do however have plans to purchase one eventually, just not right now…monies going in about a thousand directions right now…(blow out) I do appreciate so much all of the useful feedback and advice regarding the different brands and their pros and cons. Highly useful information for me to use later on. So thanks for that.

Thanks for all offers guys, Chris

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com

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