The Mini Mate #1 tool shank is partially rounded to allow for use in the Jimmy Clewes Quick Release handle inserts.
Features and Benefits
- Partially rounded tool shank for easy mounting in Quick Release handle inserts
- No Grinding of the tool; No Lapping of the tool
- Each new cutter is sharpened and ready for use
- Cutter life far greater than HSS (25 to 30 times)
- Manufactured in the USA
- Aluminum oxide coating on bar to prevent rust
- New cutters, torque screws and wrenches readily available and reasonably priced
Designed by Jimmy Clewes, the new Mini Mate #1 Hollowing Tool is an extremely versatile, user friendly hollowing cutting tool, which is value for your money. This tool is a smaller version of the Mate #1. The tool tapers from 5/8″ width at the base to about 9/16″ near the cutter end. The thickness is a solid 3/8″ throughout just like the other Mate tools/
These tools do not scrape they cut with a lot of control due to the design and angle of the cutter on each tool. The Mini Mate #1 has a small 6 mm cup cutter (micro crystalline carbide cutters sharpened with diamonds). This cutter is set in a machined pocket at approximately 22 degrees, this allows for a more user-friendly, less aggressive cut which is great for confidence building.
The cutter is set just below the surface of the tool, which helps protect the cutter from inadvertent and very irritating chips.
The cutter is held in place with a #1 screw and standard T-8 flag style torque wrench. The reason for this is that the screw only needs to be finger tight. Do not over tighten. And, a light covering of wax will help loosen the cutter screw should you have been turning wet wood. It is recommended to use the screw provided as the cutter ID has a taper which matches the taper on the screw to provide a secure lock-up of the cutter.
The tool is supplied unhandled. You can make your own handle to your specifications but it is recommend that it be at least 18 inches in length.
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