Help choosing 4" angle grinder tool for power carving

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Forum topic by Planeman40 posted 05-09-2015 01:30 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2015 01:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool question carving shaping

I am looking at buying a tool to fit onto my 4” angle grinder for power carving and hollowing out. I see two types, one is a bit of chain saw chain around a disk, the other are shaped burrs with little spikes on them. There may be others that I am not aware of. I would like to get some advice regarding the pros and cons of each design and what are the better ones to buy.


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#1 posted 05-09-2015 03:37 PM

I like the one above but haven’t purchased it yet and am curious to
the responses on said inquiry.

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 09:20 PM

Arbortech! They sell different levels of teeth/blade set for different finish.
Corase does a fine job for roughing in. Med or fine cleans up the tool marks.

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 11:25 PM

I bought this one to convex curve roughing. It does fairly quick work, but I don’t think I’d try it on any hollowing in inside curves. This one might be useful for inside curves
The Arbortech Turboplane or mini-turbo both look like they would work well, and the mini specifically mentions deep internal profiles


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#4 posted 05-10-2015 02:12 AM

Harbor Freight has the “Lancelot 22 tooth carving disc” I have used this on my angle grinder a few times. They are fairly easy to use. They hog off the wood well.

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 09:43 PM

Thanks guys.

It appears as if I might need two wheels, one of each type. I like the chain saw type as I can sharpen the blades and I know it can give be an acceptable finish to sand down further. It appears it would be a touch limited in getting into smaller recesses. And the Harbor Freight one is the same make as Woodcraft but $15 cheaper. I think I’ll try this one first and see where it takes me. The “spikey” types come in various “grits”. It might be that one of these would be helpful for finishing out a hollow form. If I find I need one I believe I would get one with a less aggressive “grit”. None of these things are cheap. : )

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#6 posted 05-11-2015 11:09 AM
The arbortech industrial wood carver would my choice. I already most of the brands listed and more. The carbide discs last ten times longer than steel and can be rotated for a fresh edge. It also gives a nicer finish than the grit type or chain saw wheels.

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