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coachmancuso

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40 days ago

Has anyone bought and or used Capt eddie castelin turning carbide tools? What did you think?

-- Coach Mancuso


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TheDane

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#1 posted 40 days ago

Yes … I have purchased both bars and cutters from Captain Eddie, then turned my own handles.

I have been perfectly satisfied with everything I have gotten from Eddie. He is a straight-up businessman, answers the phone if you call with a question or problem, ships promptly, and has great prices.

His tools don’t have the fit/finish that EWT tools have, but the business end is where the rubber meets the road and Eddie’s tools are just fine there.

-- 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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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 40 days ago

Price is great, you can’t beat it. His tools don’t have the fit and finish of the way more expensive brand names, but they are every bit as functional and I like making my own handles to suit me. I never had any problems ordering from him and he ships fast. I highly recommend.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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socrbent

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#3 posted 40 days ago

I have the same feelings about Captain Eddies products. The 4 bars and cutters I purchased are solid performers at a great price.

-- socrbent Ohio

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Gixxerjoe04

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#4 posted 40 days ago

I got some last week but just got around to kinda using them tonight. Seem to work good, and considering i got 2, 1/2inch bars and 4 different cutters, 3 of each for the price of one of the regular size EWT, was def worth it.

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#5 posted 40 days ago

I make my own bars and handles but I’ve bought a lot of his cutters, can’t beat his price.

-- Tom D

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coachmancuso

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#6 posted 40 days ago

Tom will you share how to make the bars?

-- Coach Mancuso

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Wildwood

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#7 posted 40 days ago

Coach, if watch Capt Eddie’s videos tells you what you need and shows how to make your own tools!

-- Bill

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TheDane

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#8 posted 40 days ago

Coach … I bought one bar from Eddie and made the rest myself, using his as a model.

I just used a 1/2” mild steel bar (available at Menards and probably other home centers), drilled a hole in one end and tapped it for a #10-24 machine screw.

On the grinder, I relieved the underside to give me some clearance below the cutter. I ground a ‘seat’ that keeps the square cutter from turning but I have noticed lately that Eddie isn’t grinding a seat on his Blue package. Instead, he puts a drop of CA on top of the bar under the cutter. When he wants to change the cutter, he heats it up a bit and the CA just lets go. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have seen Eddie discuss it in some of his UStream live shows.

I chose to round the handle end of the bar to fit a 1/2” hole, but most guys just knock the corners off the bar, drill a 5/8” hole and seat the bar in the handle with epoxy. Note: Make sure the bottom of the hole is filled with epoxy … a void in the handle can cause vibration/chatter.

Sorry for the picture quality, but I think you can get the idea:

-- 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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Bill White

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#9 posted 40 days ago

Capt. Eddie is a straight up fellow. Good value. Great service.
I recently finished the Blue 2 package handles. Can’t beat the deal.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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steve_in_ohio

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#10 posted 39 days ago

I recently bought 4 of his carbide turning tools and I love them, they work wonderful and there is no sharpening needed. Great tools for the price

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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Julian

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#11 posted 39 days ago

I have purchased 2 bars and several carbide cutters from Capt. Eddie. Agree with what everyone else stated.
The cost of buying a bar with 3 carbide cutters is so much cheaper than buying an already made tool.

-- Julian

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