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First, let me say a big thanks to all the powers that be that made this program possible, without which, there would be no program OK so now, lets get to it. Above all, the tools are simple to use. If you are sharpening challenged, these tools are for you, If you like to be able to just turn the blade to a sharp part after the previous area is dull, then these are likely right up your alley. If however, you have been turning for 20+ years and have learned ways of sharpening tools, then these turning tools may not be what you need. all of these turning tools are great. Because of the fact that they use carbide cutters, they stay sharp for a good long time, providing many hours of turning bliss. Whether you get the midi tools or the full size tools, you really can't go wrong. The one drawback on these tools, is that no matter what size you get, you should only use them to their recommended depth of 3 to 4 inches. Going beyond that, is asking for catches, and possibly damaged/broken tools. The one thing I would like to see in the near future, is a tool that can go deeper, without having to worry about a problem of breakage. Perhaps that is in the works, I don't know, but it would be great to see. This is where most advertisers would say "BUT WAIT", there is also the Easy Wood Chuck, that has been added to the arsenal. This tool although I have not used it, I have seen it work and it is nothing short of amazing, due to the fact that you can easily switch out jaws without having to remove screws or reinstall screws,which makes using this chuck a breeze. Hopefully I can get one of these soon, we'll see. I think first though I will try getting the hollowing tools, I was hoping to get a chance to review those, but it didn't work that way, so stay tuned, because as soon as I can get a chance to do so, I will be trying them out. OK It's looking like I got a bit off track LOL (I do that a lot). Whether you are turning finials, boxes, bottle stoppers, pens, or bowls, this entire system is the best I have seen yet for the price. Hey, if you make pens or other very small items and are looking for something to give it a try without getting into the price of the full size tools, try the Easy Start tools, they are just as good as their bigger brothers, except that you CANNOT work them as deep as the bigger tools. 1 1/2-2" Is all they are really safe for. I have the Easy Start Detailer, I bought for Christmas a few years back, and it does great for detailing small things!
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