With the same 'go anywhere' chracteristics as it big brother, the Hunter Hercules, this tool will take on a variety of tough tasks of a somewhat smaller scale.
Following its introduction, this tool quickly became a favouriete of the pen-making fraternity and many of our clients inform us that this is the only tool they use from start to finish in their pen-making. From roughing to finishing, all with one emminently controllable, carbide tipped, tool that never requires sharpening. Whether the blank is timber, acrylic, stone, or some exotic home-brew, this is the tool to tackle the task.
Item Ref.: HTMHERC
Manufacturer: Hunter Tool Systems, USA
Cutter Diameter: 6mm
Overall Length: 17 in.
Shaft Length: 4.5 in.
Shaft size: 3/8 in. wide x 3/8 in. deep
Handle Length/Material: 11 in. inch Ash
All dimensions, stated in inches, are approximate and subject to change without notice
Hunter Tool Company is known as an outstanding tool supplier of tools for hollowing work
The Hunter Tool uses a very fine grain of carbide specifically engineered to meet the sharptooling requirements demanded by the woodturning community.
While proficient in rough turning operations, Hunter Tools excel best when used as a finishing tool for final shaping and the light finish cuts. Often the tedious sanding operations are either eliminated or greatly reduced.
Carbide tools had been tried before in woodturning, but no-one previously seemed to have recognised that whilst carbide is very tough and highly wear resistant is is capable - normally - of being brought to only a moderately sharp edge. Key to the Hunter development was to apply the micro-fine diamond finishing process to the carbide tips to bring them to a sharpness comparable with that of conventional turning tool material, but with the added plus of long edge-holding and incredible wear resistance. For confirmation of what "tough" means, check the accompnying photo which shows a concrete tile that was turned using a Hunter Tool: we don't expect you to be turning material this tough, but...!
True, these "jewels" of the carbide industry cost a little more than ordinary tips but it won't take mentions of silk purses and sow's ears to make you realise that the little extra is what makes these the only tips worth considering for woodturning. Sure, you can create "wood-shovels" with ordinary carbide tips, but you can't create what any self-respecting woodturner would call a turning tool capable of fine finishing as well as excavator-scale rates of material removal.