I am about to buy a new set of lathe tools, and was wanting to know if the
2060 grade steel is really worth the extra money. I read claims of greatly
increasing the time between sharpening. Does the steel have any advantages
beyond just holding an edge longer?
I have been looking at the Packard tools from Packard Woodworks. This looks
like a private labeled brand. I have also looked at Hamlet Tools from Craft
Any recommendations would be appreciated.
I have a couple of the 2030 powdered metal types - Packard is Hamlet, BTW -
and they seem to be good, useful tools. Don't cut as cleanly as carbon
steel even when fresh, but they do hold what passes with them for an edge
pretty well. Seems to resist heating when hogging on hard maple as well as
First tools? Get your finishing gouges in PM, then roughing, skew, parting
and scrapers in HSS alloys. Most versatility.
I have a 1" bowl gouge of A2, and he's as good as they come for slow speed
and rough work, so I don't believe in hard and fast "rules" for alloys.
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