I agree with Vaughn. 8" wide and 12" long is mighty big for a hand held hollowing tools and for a mini lathe in my opinion especially just starting out. I have the mid-sized keltons and mini-keltons that I started with. The biggest I did was about 4 to 5 inches wide and about 6 1/2" tall. For me they just beat me to death especially when I tried to do larger HF's. Others may disagree but I think the hand held tools like the Sorby, John Jordons, etc. are a little small for a reach longer than about 6" to maybe 8" deep. Lot of tool hanging over the rest. If you are doing smaller ones the Sorby multi-tip is not a bad tool, John Jordon's hollowing tools are about the cheapest and Don Pencil has some blemished tools for a reasonable price. When I say blemished sometimes you can't tell them from the one's he sells for twice the price.
I have both the captured rig and the articulating arm unit. I wouldn't trade either for a hand held unit. I had $340 in the Kelton Hollowing tools that I used 3 times.
I found the same thing Vaughn did. I wish now I had never bought the Keltons. I sold the mini's to my brother who makes Christmas ornaments. I spent almost as much on them as I paid for my articulating arm unit that comes complete with all accessories. Hollowing tools aren't cheap.
Last edited by Bernie Weishapl; 11-07-2008 at 01:43 AM.
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