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Item 154510
Model 9078

Whiteside - 3/4" Diameter Carbide Barrel Trimmer Head

$19.99

One of the most critical steps in turning top quality pens is squaring the ends of your pen blanks to provide a perfect, gap free mating surface for the pen kit parts. With the Whiteside Pen Mills,...

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One of the most critical steps in turning top quality pens is squaring the ends of your pen blanks to provide a perfect, gap free mating surface for the pen kit parts. With the Whiteside Pen Mills, this step quick and easy. The Whiteside Pen Mill features a sharp, 3/4"-diameter carbon steel trimmer head for squaring blanks and pilot shafts that clean excess glue from inside the brass tubes

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3.13 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews
  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Terrible. Bits get stuck.

    This trimmer works great until you have to change out one of the bits. I have the 7 mm and the size 0. Whenever I took out the 7 mm bit and swapped it for the size 0, I had a hard time getting the 7 mm bit out, I didn't think anything of it so I went ahead and installed the size 0. I used it several times and then I went back to put the 7 mm bit back in, it literally was almost impossible to get the bit out. even with the set screw completely removed the bit was stuck in there so hard I had to use a hammer and a punch to remove it. I can't believe I wasted my money on this barrel trimmer and the two bits I bought to go with it. I could have saved all that money and just bought a cheap one off Amazon. Lesson learned.

  2. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Good sharp cutter, but a couple downsides

    First off, it stays sharper longer than the 4 blade cutter. The carbide chews through anything easily. Downsides: 1 - it likes to dig in, so if you're using a drill press or hand drill, you may end up destroying some blanks. Chucking it in the lathe and using the tailstock handwheel prevents this. 2 - the cutter teeth do not go all the way to the mandrel shaft. No issue with bigger sizes, but it won't fully trim the brass on a 7mm insert for a slimline-type pen.

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Cutter

    Agree with everyone else here about 4 blades versus 2, but, if you take your time, it works fantastic. I have destroyed blanks being overly aggressive, or just plain not paying attention. One of the better quality products I have purchased for pen making.

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Cuts excellent with a caveat.

    This cutter-head works really well if you use a tool that allows you to provide slow and even pressure. Originally I used it in my hand drill as I did with the HSS version (which I also like) and I found it was really easy to be over-aggressive in wood, and in acrylic I was getting chipping on top of it. Now I trim my blanks on the lathe the same way I drill my holes. The slow advance of a lathe tailstock allows this to effortlessly make clean shaves as it trims flush, with no chipping and not accidentally shortening your tubes.

  5. 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Poor fit

    will not fit the older woodriver mill set

  6. 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Stays Sharp, Destroys Blanks

    I thought that having carbide tips would be great as it would not have to be sharpened as often. But only having two teeth it tends to grab and break the blanks. I think that I've destroyed as many blanks as I've successfully milled. I'd consider purchasing one with four teeth but would not buy another one of these.

  7. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Last but

    This is very strong and very impressive/aggressive. My problem is that it will catch on the end and tear out a bit of the work piece. If there were 3 or 4 teeth instead of just 2 it would last and be a fantastic product without so much damage.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great trimmer

    I wanted a trimmer that would stay sharp longer than the carbon steel ones. I was a little skeptical about only two wings for cutting. I have used this on over 200 acrylic and wood pens so far and this is still cutting like new. It does make a slight scallop if I push too hard when trimming the end of the blank but I sand flush after turning. I would like it better if it had 4 cutters even thought it would be more expensive. With 4 cutters it should be a top quality item.

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