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Forum topic by Chad Eberly posted 10-22-2021 02:17 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chad Eberly

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10-22-2021 02:17 PM

are hurricane turning tools as good as they sound or are there others that are better?

-- Chad A. Eberly


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 10-22-2021 02:53 PM

Certainly there are others that are better. And there are others that are cheaper. But in my opinion, Hurricane tools offer excellent value. I have several of their tools and they are good tools that don’t break the bank. But if you’re looking for the “best” tools, there are certainly better ones out there.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#2 posted 10-25-2021 12:17 PM

The basic M2 tools are a good value. PSI Benjamins Best are a direct competitor. I have some of both and give the PSI tools a slight edge – youget slightly more tool steel, a bit thicker shaft or scraper vs hurricane. Seem to me to have = M2 tool steel. Havent tried any of the more expensive line of hurricane – for hi $ tools I look to Thompson, D-Way, Crown.

Dont worry about handles, they are easy to make. The higher quality steel M42 or powdered metal does hold an edge a lot longer and gouges have longer flutes so the tools last a long time and are worth the $ but only for the 2 to 4 tools you end up using the most. The value tools allow you to try different sizes of tools and different grinds to learn what you like for what you prefer to turn, without spending so much and then having more $ sitting idle in the tool rack.

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Knockonit

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#3 posted 10-25-2021 01:26 PM

i’ve a gaggle of different makers, just picked up some carbide units, gonna see how they fair, been turning some ironwood and mesquite, hell on edges, am learning again how to get’m sharpened right, but with these two pcs, its a booger to keep’m keen
rj in az

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Teesquare

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#4 posted 11-11-2021 12:15 PM

FWIW…I have a few Hurricane tools – mostly big scrapers. They perform fine for that. I don’t have any of their gouges – but for the price I would try try one – and not expect it to perform as well as the higher dollar metals Doug mentions ( OSU55 ) if I needed a tool in a size they offer.

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bigJohninvegas

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#5 posted 11-11-2021 10:01 PM

Plenty that are much better, but that does not make them bad. I agree that I like the BB tools over the Hurricane brand. I think they are a good starter tool. And the couple I have, (Two spindle gouges) I bought to put a specialty grind on it. they rarely get used, and could not see paying the premium price to have that grind.

Switched up to Thompson tools years ago, and Picked up a Crown tool a few months back.
When you compare tools together. Look for how much usable tool you get.
Big brands like Thompson are easily twice the price.
But you get a longer flute, and steel that stays sharp longer.


The basic M2 tools are a good value. PSI Benjamins Best are a direct competitor. I have some of both and give the PSI tools a slight edge – you get slightly more tool steel, a bit thicker shaft or scraper vs hurricane. Seem to me to have = M2 tool steel. Haven’t tried any of the more expensive line of hurricane – for hi $ tools I look to Thompson, D-Way, Crown.

Dont worry about handles, they are easy to make. The higher quality steel M42 or powdered metal does hold an edge a lot longer and gouges have longer flutes so the tools last a long time and are worth the $ but only for the 2 to 4 tools you end up using the most. The value tools allow you to try different sizes of tools and different grinds to learn what you like for what you prefer to turn, without spending so much and then having more $ sitting idle in the tool rack.

- OSU55

Typed up my comment before I read yours. Spot on with what you have said.
If you are just starting out. The cheap tools are perfect. I ruined a couple pricey Sorby gouges learning to sharpen.

-- John

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WoodenDreams

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#6 posted 11-12-2021 12:16 AM

When I started to turn. I bought a set of HF Windsors. A good set to learn on and not worry about wasting away the shaft when learning to sharpen. I think the Hurricanes are about the same. Good way to look at it is. Get the tools that are in your budget. I just bought two HSS 3 pc sets of Rikons 70-9003 on sale from Peachtree. Talk about low quality, but, couldn’t go wrong at $9.99 a set. I’m going to grind them down to make beading turning tools.

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Woodnmetal

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#7 posted 11-12-2021 01:05 PM

As others mentioned. The price goes up depending on the cobalt content. Be it M2, M35, M42 types of material. Well,...Then add in indexable carbide….

IMHO, If you are just starting out in turning then it could take some time before you will notice the difference between reasonably good and very good.

Some, if not most, new guys/gals in the hobby or trade need to figure out technique.
Once you have developed your technique with consistency, then, is the only time to consider the more expensive, quality tools.

All the learning curves you experience will only have you concentrating more on your technique while gaining sharpening skills.

However… All of this ^^^^^ doesn’t apply if one has unlimited resources.

Gary

-- I haven't changed... but I know I'm not the same.

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