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Posted on Sheer Cut Carbide Turning Tools -- Harrison vs. Hunter vs. Other?

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#1 posted 05-04-2019 09:03 PM

I use Jimmy Clewes mate tools, and the Mike Jackofsky 5/8 hollow pro for large projects.
I have used a few brands of carbide while taking classes. And never really cared for them. Never really liked having to roll the tool to make it work. But when I took an interest in hollow forms, carbide became necessary.
I started with the hollow pro tool for working on hollow forms. And never really considered carbide for bowls and such. Then Jimmy Clewes came up with his mate tool. I was taking a class with him at the time the tool was being designed, and got to demo the prototype. It works totally different from the other tools I had used.
The bar is flat, and is kept flat on the tool rest. No need to roll the tool to make it cut. And the tip is designed to not self feed. Very friendly tool to use.
Like you, I prefer HSS tools for most work, and finish cuts. But carbide does have its uses.
Both tools use the same #1 or #2 carbide cutters that Mike Hunter uses. And are very easy to find.
I now have a regular Mate#1 tool, a Mate #1 undercut tool that I use for hollowing under a rim, or top of a hollow form.
And I recently picked up a mega mate#2 the takes over for most the hollowing work I did with the hollow pro tool.
The only catch I have ever had was with the mega mate tool. I simply got to far out over the tool rest with it, and it bit me. So I keep the Mike Jackofsky hollow pro tool around for when I really need to reach out over the tool rest.
I will grab the mate #1 tool when hollowing a bowl, or a small box, and finish it with HSS. Never a catch, or any issues.

-- John

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