Hunter Hercules #3 Carbide Tool (Woodturning)
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Hunter Hercules #3 Carbide Woodturning Tool (shown with optional handle)
The Hercules Carbide tools are the best choice for beginners. The square shank lays flat on a tool rest making it easy to use. The Hercules Woodturning series are robust and hard working tools yet have a soft touch for both delicate and heavy duty work. This tool is used flat like a scraper. The square shank helps you maintain tool position. The carbide cutter has the bevel angle built in. There is a 45 degree shaft bevel angle to allow rolling the tool on edge for bevel supported cuts. This tool has the same geometry as the # 1 Hercules except that it uses a larger # 3 cutter.
This carbide woodturning tool is a great tool for the outside diameter of bowls, platters and vases. The Hercules #3 is also a good choice for open form hollowing such as a bowl. Pen turners enjoy using this tool especially on all of the new plastic impregnated turnings that are now available.
The Hunter carbide manufacturing approach produces a superior finish which cuts the fibers of the wood unlike other carbide tools in today's wood turning market. These tools are excellent for making bowls, boxes, bird houses and ornaments. They say once you touch a Hunter carbide you will never look back. As with all of the Hunter Tools, they are to be used at the recomended 45degree angle.
A Hunter carbide cutter will outlast HSS by at least a 100 times before needing a sharp edge again. It only takes a minute to loosen the torx screw, turn the carbide cutter and retighten the screw and you have a brand new fresh edge. The technology of carbide cutters brings to a woodturner a brilliant time saving approach which makes woodturning fun again!
Includes : 6in Long x 5/8in Square Tool Shank, Hunter #3 Carbide Cutter, Torx Screw and a Torx Wrench
Made in the USA
We are confident that you will enjoy your top quality American made Hunter carbide woodturning tool.
Here is the recommended approach to best leverage a Hunter carbide tool:
Many wood turning professionals use Hunter tools in the final finshing cuts of a piece. You can hollow an object completely with the Hunter Tool, but most turners rough hollow with conventional tooling. They then use the Hunter Tools for the final form, shaping, and finish cuts.
The Hunter Tools are best used at higher RPM (1800-2200 RPM) to have sufficient surface speed. With fine tool control you can peel off shavings that are onion skin thin. The surface will be so smooth that little sanding will be needed. Of course as with any other cutting tool you will be cutting with the grain for the smoothest cut. So for the underside of box rims, cut from the rim to the major diameter of the body of the box. Once you reach that diameter, lift the tool and cut from the bottom upward to the major diameter of the body of the box. It is mesmerizing to peel of these ultrafine shavings so be careful or you may make the inside merge with the outside….
There is a learning curve with the Hunter. You have to learn to rotate the tool clockwise into the cut with the tool slightly above center and angled downward somewhat like a scraper. The tool does not scrape; it cuts like nothing you have ever seen. Don’t expect to hog out the interior of a box or something similar quickly. The tool is not designed for that … it is a final form and finish cut tool.