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Hollow Roller Review
I bought this when it was on sale here a few weeks ago. It's well made, I especially like the fact that they use normal R-8 collets to hold the bar. These are widely available from a variety of sources so the same handle can be used for tools from other folks. By in large it's a wonderful device, provides good control and totally eliminates the need to hold the tool "still". You can concentrate on guiding it where you want it to go. You can control the cut reasonably well although some sort of device to limit the depth of cut would be nice. I'm going to try fabricating one our of some scrap aluminum I have kicking around. Now if we just had a video camera near the end of the cutting tool so you could see what you're doing...
A couple of things I've notice which may be particular to my lathe (General 16"). The auxiliary tool rest and the main roller assembly do not have the mounting holes for their respective studs drilled at quite the same angle. As a result when you move the bar from one side of the main rest to the other there is either a gap between the bar and the auxiliary tool rest or it binds. I've got it set for no binding and end up with about a 1mm gap at the other end. Not horrible but not as nice as if it were lined up. The other issue is that, at least with my banjo, it can be difficult to adjust the main tool support enough to get the tool where it needs to go. I managed, just, by reversing the banjo on the lathe bed. It might be helpful to have two more mounting holes for the support stud. Sharpening the cutter is easy with a dremel tool and diamond wheel or go to a machinist supply and buy 3/16" tool steel and make your own. Overall I'm pleased with the purchase and am going to try re-machining the auxiliary tool rest so that it's parallel with the main one to eliminate the binding. Next might be trying carbide tipped metal tool bits to see if they'll stay sharp longer.
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