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Lathe Tools for a mini-lathe

Tools are one the key parts of a mini-lathe. Tools are the bits of shaped metal that you mount on the toolpost and bring into contact with the job.The jobs spins, and the tool cuts off some of the metal.

As far as I have been able to gather, there are two types of tool.

  • Carbide tipped - these tools have a fashioned part of very hard carbide glued to one end of a blue painted tools holder.
  • HSS tools. High Speed Steel tools are normally produced by the lathe user. You take a blank bit of HSS and grind a tool to the shape you require. Sounds easy? Ha!

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