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Forum topic by DW833 posted 01-25-2015 01:43 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2015 01:43 AM

I’m researching carbide tipped tools like the easy wood tools and sorby turnmaster.
The turnmaster has an advantage over the EWT. Although each tip can fit on one handle,
the turnmaster has interchangeable replacement heads. I think that having the different heads
is a better solution than changing the tips. However, I read a review that mentioned a problem with the
replaceable heads. They can prevent the tool from being positioned correctly. To avoid the head being blocked
by the rest, the rest has to be placed very close to the piece or further away than normal.

Has anyone used the turnmaster and noticed this problem? Is it an easy adjustment to make from EWT
or other lathe tools?

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 05:33 AM

No personal experience but the Turnmaster is a solution looking for a problem, IMO. Take your regular lathe tool and wrap something thick around the shaft about an inch back from the tip and see if it bothers you. It would drive me nuts.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 02:10 PM

Know might find some prices cheaper at other stores on some of the items but think video at this link explains how tool is used. Only advantage see is choice of steel cutters. Basically a scraper, and yes tool rest definitely not close to the work. If not comfortable working with tool extended over the tool rest in or outside a turning don’t buy it. Like Easy Wood Tool some of those cutters not needed for every day turning and expensive.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 12:54 AM

Rick, I was thinking the same thing. Could be aggravating to use.
Bill, I have seen that video. Does look interesting. Haven’t ruled out anything yet.
But I’m leaning toward making my own carbide tipped too.

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