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WTB used turning tools.

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Looking to expand my arsenal, currently I’m working with the harbor freight set and I’m starting to turning 16” plus’s bowls so I think I need to upgrade. Ideally I would like to buy some light/heavily used tools to see what works for me before investing in a nicer set. I think specifically I’d like to try a 5/8 bowl gouge.
 
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Over the years I have purchased used turning tools from Craigslist & eBay. Any set of HSS High Speed Steel tools will be an upgrade to the cheap Harbor Freight turning tools. Robert Sorby or Hurricane Turning Tools make a decent set of HSS you can find a used set for around $200.00 and under if you look around.
 
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Looking to expand my arsenal, currently I’m working with the harbor freight set and I’m starting to turning 16” plus’s bowls so I think I need to upgrade. Ideally I would like to buy some light/heavily used tools to see what works for me before investing in a nicer set. I think specifically I’d like to try a 5/8 bowl gouge.
I recently purchased a large tool lot with a number of tools you may want, including some larger bowl gouges from Sorby, Henry Taylor, and Packer. Push me your email address and I’ll send you a list of what I have.

Aaron
 
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If you cant find some used tools, PSI Benjamins Best tools are good hi value tools for trying out different types and sizes. A big plus is their bowl gouges are parabolic flute, which is needed for 40/40 and Ellsworth grinds. 5/8” shaft bowl gouge is by far my most used tool (mostly faceplate work - bowls, hf, platters).
 
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I also can recommend Benjamin's Best from PSI woodworking. While not of a premium quality (And the set , well, the bowl gouge seemed a bit short - the 1/2 bowl gouge from the set had far shorter stock & flute than the singleton gouge of same size I'd bought before.. But then I suppose, being the longest gouge and handles all same length, they cut it down on the business end to fit the set box) The tools themselves are excellent, hold edges well (not as well as my hurricane gouges and one thompson tool, but then what'd ya expect?) But, as far as the set of 8 goes, it makes a decent starter kit, but plan on getting some singletons (such as bowl gouges, thin parting tool, spindle & detail gouges) because the spindle gouge in the set was the harder to use "traditional" style, and I find the round bar stock spindle gouges far easier to use and sharpen. But other than that I felt I got excellent value from the set (even little-used scrapers can be re-ground to other tool profiles , and for under 90 bucks a set of 8, it is affordable to experiment with this stuff)
 
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After 12 years, I'm still regularly using the SRG, parting tool, and scrapers from my original Benjamin's Best set. The skew got too short, and the parting tool is getting there, but it's been money well spent. As noted, they're M2 steel, which means you'll learn sharpening faster.
 
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I have a few tools destined for CraigsList that were donated to BARN -- three older Sorby's (plenty of steel), some pen-turning tools, and a variety from my early purchases, also 2 CBN wheels. Let me know if you're still looking and I can send you a list.

Reflection on Benjamin's Best: I found these good for getting started on a very limited budget, but accumulated experience has me convinced that $$ (if available) is much better spent on higher quality steel that has better tempering. My go-to tools are D-Way, which are M42 with the best tempering available. Edges are durable and the tempering goes the length of the tool, so it holds its edge along as you want to keep sharpening it. When a gouge gets too shart for the Verigrind holder, it's converted to a hand-ground tool (bottom feeder, low angle detail gouge).
 
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I have a few tools destined for CraigsList that were donated to BARN -- three older Sorby's (plenty of steel), some pen-turning tools, and a variety from my early purchases, also 2 CBN wheels. Let me know if you're still looking and I can send you a list.

Reflection on Benjamin's Best: I found these good for getting started on a very limited budget, but accumulated experience has me convinced that $$ (if available) is much better spent on higher quality steel that has better tempering. My go-to tools are D-Way, which are M42 with the best tempering available. Edges are durable and the tempering goes the length of the tool, so it holds its edge along as you want to keep sharpening it. When a gouge gets too shart for the Verigrind holder, it's converted to a hand-ground tool (bottom feeder, low angle detail gouge).
If there's any tools left, I'd be interested in a list.
 
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