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The McNaughton throws most people off - because it requires the opposite force that most expect: you must focus on lifting the handles once you are in the wood. The Oneway and the Woodcut have a "fixed orbit" style of arc. The rotation of the blade around a fixed center post. They all work. But the advantage of both the McNaughton and the Oneway has to do with Hunter Tools....These brands can be uplifted with a cutter that makes coring so much easier - you will not believe me until you try it. I used one of Hunter's cutters on a Oneway recently. Coring green maple and with a minimum of pressure...and I mean minimum.... I could use one finger to advance the cutter and core out a 14" bowl from the 18" blank....I used the McNaughton and the Oneway before settling on the Max3. I have never understood the comment about the lack of flexibility of the Max3 as compared to the other rigs. I found the Max3 to be really quick to setup...and there is a very very small learning curve. On the other hand, there sure is a pretty indepth and ugly learning curve for the McNaughton. In fact, when I first tried it I set it aside for months before giving it another shot. The Oneway is a nice system and I'd probably chose it as my second preference in the event that I couldn't get another Max3.
Tim, can you explain further? Are you saying the McNaughton can be retrofitted with a different cutter? I’ve got the McNaughton, and it works, but it’s a workout. I’d be interested in a modification that eases the process.But the advantage of both the McNaughton and the Oneway has to do with Hunter Tools....These brands can be uplifted with a cutter that makes coring so much easier - you will not believe me until you try it
Absolutely! Call Mike Hunter @ Hunter Tools. It is about 80 bucks per blade - so I would think of only certain blades to send in.Tim, can you explain further? Are you saying the McNaughton can be retrofitted with a different cutter? I’ve got the McNaughton, and it works, but it’s a workout. I’d be interested in a modification that eases the process.
I spoke to Mike about 2 weeks ago....he is doing the McNaughton blades.Mike Hunter did make a carbide tip for one of my McNaughton blades. He probably could do this for the McNaughton blades, but not sure if that is a service he is doing or not. I ended up replacing it with some of the tantung which I use on my Big Ugly tools. Woodcut uses stellite, which is very similar to tantung.
Sorry Dick, but - call Mike Hunter and he will offer to replace you Kel McNaughton cutter with a replaceable carbide.Robo Hippy is right. There will be a new Woodcut coring tool but no definite timeframe and don't expect anything this year. Still a three-bladed system and, hopefully, a few strength problems overcome.
The Hunter Korpro is shown fitted to a Oneway bowlsaver, not Kelton.
Kelton bowlsavers I have here do not have replacable tips. Kel McNaughton tells me these tools are available from Craft Supplies and Leigh Valley Tools.
Tim, Is your cutter a recent purchase? In google I see two slightly different types of cartridge designs. One is silver that is more solid across the top, and one is black that is stepped down on the top.Have not used my McNaughton yet…. tho it is expensive I can tell you that the Hunter up fit on the Oneway is truly unbelievable in how it cuts without any struggle. I was truly shocked at how easy I was coring with it. My thinking is that if you buy one Hunter cartridge and cutter…. You can quickly move it to the next cutter arm size as needed, so that takes the sting out of it. Ther is a lot of machining on that tiny cartridge in order for it to get an exact fit on the Oneway arm. I suppose that is the reason for the cost. But really worth it.
I don’t see how a small part like this cartridge has anywhere near the machining compared to say a chuck sold in this price range. I’m guessing the high price might be more related to limited supply & demand, but that’s Mike’s prerogative since he has this market to himself
I still have my old trusty McNaughton, but, like you, I prefer easy. The Korpro is an amazing little cartridge, hard to believe something so small can make such a difference in performance.Emiliano that is quite a perk and I'm glad for you. Here it takes about 5 or 6 good cores to make up the cost but for me that's only part of the savings. The difference in the cut is just so much easier. For me the Korpro is an engineering marvel. Having had all 3 coring systems in my possession at once and using them it was easy for me to first let the McNaughton go. The Woodcut Bowlsaver is really a good bargain as it fits all your lathes but it is just not as versatile for me as the Oneway. I'm sure that the upgrades to the Bowlsaver 3 will perhaps make it more versatile and there is no doubt that it is a good system (wonder if Mike could do a Korpro upgrade for it ). In general what it boils down to is I'm into easy. I don't know how many cores I'll eventually get with the Korpro cutter but I'm betting it will even surprise me. It is easier to turn the carbide cutter around than to take off the Oneway cutter and sharpen it and then put it back on. Emiliano you're right when you say day and night.
The Korpro is the closest thing to magic I have seen or used for coring. Not that I have anywhere near the experience of you Emiliano - or Bill either . When I compare the Oneway carbide to the Korpro in how much "effort" is required to push, and hold on....I literally can gently push the Korpro with ONE finger, without any stress....and it cuts into the wood as if it was butter. Not kidding or exaggerating. Was a little scary the first time I used it, because it was "too easy".I still have my old trusty McNaughton, but, like you, I prefer easy. The Korpro is an amazing little cartridge, hard to believe something so small can make such a difference in performance.