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#1 posted 08-30-2016 02:38 PM

Whoever said HSS tools are sharper made an important point. I’ve found HSS to be better than carbide for turning wood, plastics, brass and even mild steel. It not only holds an edge better at high temperatures, but it doesn’t get as hot running at higher speeds because it cuts with less friction. It’s possible to ruin an HSS cutting tool, of course, either by not keeping it sharp or by improper grinding, but when you come to appreciate the performance of well-sharpened HSS tools, you’re going to want to hone your sharpening skills and keep them performing to the max. It’s no coincidence that the best turners out there are also the best sharpeners.

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