The Hunter Hercules is a tool that - unlike some others (!) lives up to its heroic name. There are few tasks that this mighty beast will not happily undertake. Whilst it makes a superb heavy roughing gouge, it really comes into its own when you have a big, dirty, 'ugly' piece of timber to knock into shape. There are few things that this tool will baulk at, be they stones, grit, roots, bark or even the occasional woodscrew!
Held to give a horizontal shaft approach, the forward tilt of the micro-grain tungsten carbide cutter provides all of the cutter relief angle that is required. Simply hang on to the handle and point the tool where you wish to go. A simple tool, for sure, but very, very effective.
This version of the tool is supplied unhandled so that it can be used with your choice of system handles or with a handle of your own making.
Item Ref.: HTHERCUH
Manufacturer: Hunter Tool Systems, USA
Cutter Diameter: 10mm
Overall Length: 8.5 in.
Shaft Length: 6 in.
Shaft size: 5/8 in. wide x 5/8 in. deep
Handle Length/Material: None - supplied unhandled for mounting in user's choice of system handle
Mounting Tang Diameter :5/8 in.
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.