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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I am considering the purchase of a power carving tool. I would like impute from those of you willing to share your experiences with these tools. I am considering the Foredom 5400 with a #50 chuck, an Arbortech Power chisel or a Automach HCT30A. I do some antique restoration and have always used hand chisels but have taken up turning and am thinking about doing some limited surface embellishment. I will use this mostly for chisel work as I have a monster collection of Dremel some purchased myself but mostly left to me by my Dad. Any impute or suggestions of other tools is appreciated.
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You will find some pretty nice tools for wood carving. You will find energy drills, rotor saw burrs, energy chisels and small mills. Bankruptcy attorney las vegas energy carving kits. You will find a wood carver's package that provides its choice of energy mills.
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Thanks for the imput, still thinking.
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I have the 1/4 hp Foredome with both an impact carver and a rotary chisel. I like it for the fact it will run either of those handles and several more.

The Foredome's power goes well beyond the Dremel, allowing me to run the large (e.g., 5/8" diameter) material hogging carbide bits. The carving handle allows me to blow through tough woods too.

The only change I would have made was that I would have bought the 1/3 hp unit, had it been available.

The reason I have what you want is, I never lent it out before.

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Thanks for the information. I was leaning toward Foredome and your impute convinced me that is the route to go. I will own one shortly. Thanks
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Hi Bob

I have a carving tool similar to the foredom, as well as other power carving rotary tools. They are very good for detail work. I also use angle grinders, equipped with a variety of tools. One has a flap sanding wheel. Another has a sawchain disc. There are a number of different devices you can use. I find that the one I use the most for carving is the angle grinder equipped with the flap sanding disc. Depending on the coarseness of the grit on the disc you can auger off a lot of material, or you can fine it down for detail work. I use the rotary power tools for fine detail work.

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Bob, I have two Foredoms, the 1/3 hp and the 1/4 hp. Foredoms a good machines and Dremel is too light weight. I have had trouble with going direct to Foredom for parts, but I now deal with Treeline in Provo. (treelineusa.com) PJ or Brian have been great in giving me some straight info. I even have been able to walk into their store and use various tools to see what I like.

The catch is to buy the right tools. A chainsaw carving has no use for a rotory carver, except maybe a die grinder. Gerry above, I think, is giving some good info. The Foredom can be a rotory machine or a impact chisel. From what little you describe, that might be the best of both worlds.

One BIG catch, don't buy every goodie that the industry wants to sell you. For example, at Lowes, there's these 3-M finishing pads that I cut out and use on an 1/8" arbor for sanding my small carvings. Lasts longer and way cheaper than what a carving supply might offer. And I know that I bought way too many burrs over the years. That's where talking to a reliable vendor could help.

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