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Wildwood

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 06:58 PM

Would be nice to know what type or how much turning plan to do and your buget. I am one of those old geezers that recommend buying individual tools because don’t really need a lot of tools to turn spindles or bowls.

Most if not all HSS turning tool coming out of China today, brands name importers may cut to size and put a bevel on and handle them and call themselves manufacturers. Other vendors just buy complete China handled tools with their brand name on them. Depends upon what is requested from China as to quality of steel.

If not buying local what, where, and shipping cost is what makes tools expensive between named brands and newer less expensive brands. Shopping for sales and quanity discount will save you a few bucks.

For occasional spindle turning these sets won’t cost a lot of money if have a Harbor Freight near by.

Red handle spindle turning set:

https://www.harborfreight.com/professional-high-speed-steel-wood-turning-set-8-pc-61794.html

less expensive white handle set
https://www.harborfreight.com/professional-high-speed-steel-wood-lathe-chisel-set-8-pc-69723.html

Think will find both of these spindle sets comparable with sets found at other vendors for lot less money. Manufacturers don’t always package their best tools in sets.

Basic spindle set of tools, diamond parting tool, 3/8” & 1/2” spindle gouges, 3/4” roughing gouge, and 1/2” or 3/4” skew.

Basic bowl gouge set bowl gouge, parting tool, and maybe a heavy duty scraper. Depends on where and who makes your bowl gouge English made will be 1/8” larger than size listed ( if buy 1/4” bowl gouge will actually be 3/8’s of an inch) for American market a 1/4” bowl goge will be 1/4”. P & N tools sold by MM’s.

Two vendors that will give discounts for buying more than one tool at a time, but ask when ordering:

Craft Supplies Http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com
Packard Woodworks http://www.packardwoodworks.com

Penn State Industries doesn’t give quanity discount on tools but are less expensive http://pennstateind.com

Hurricane Turning tools
http://www.thewoodturningstore.com/brands/Hurricane-Turning-Tools.html?_bc_fsnf=1&category=311

-- Bill


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