I got my Ci1 Easy Rougher last Friday, and I got a chance this weekend to test drive it a bit.
My first test was a dry piece of spalted alder that wanted to be a hollow form. It's pretty soft wood, and hard to cut without tearout. I didn't take any pics, but the Ci1 cut the alder very smoothly, with almost no tearout. This thing is not a scraper...it's cutting. Hooked into the 24" Monster Handle II, it was very easy cutting. I was very impressed. I did find that speed is your friend with this tool.
As it turned out, I did the entire hollow form with carbide tools. The Ci1 for the outside (including finish cuts) and the Monster carbide bit on the articulating arm for the inside. I did the detail cuts around the neck of the hollow form with the Monster bit on Randy's hex boring bar, plugged into the 24" handle. Like the Ci1, the Monster carbide tool produces better results at higher speeds.
Here's a picture of the Ci1 and the big Monster handle:
And the business end of the tool. I guess I could have cleaned it off before taking the picture:
Saturday night, I decided it was time for a tougher test. I've had a piece of ash root burl in the pile for a while. Since I took a pile of pics, I'll create another thread to show how that went.
Anyway, Stu can give me the "I told you so". I'm liking this tool a lot.