by James McConnell
If you feel like wasting an entire afternoon, just type “carbide vs. high speed steel turning tools” into your favorite internet search engine. If you would rather spend that time making something beautiful and functional on a lathe, then picking up a set of “The Axe” woodturning tools from Carter Products would be a good place to start.
These full-sized carbide tools are beautiful and overbuilt in almost every way. The fit, finish and balance of the tools are superior to most turning tools I’ve handled, and the tips come in familiar configurations (if you’ve used other carbide turning tools): square, round and diamond. The square tool ships with a radiused cutter installed, but included in the package is also a true square cutter – nice bonus.
Every tool has its limitations so let’s start there. My only difficulty wasn’t a fault of the tools themselves but a matter of geometry.
Read the whole tool test here.
From the June 2017 issue, #232