The right 'stuff' - turning tool question
So I am turning 9" diameter smooth columns (5 feet long) out of laminated maple, and I have been using some really crappy gouges I bought used when I first purchased my lathe. It's time to upgrade, as I am sure these tools are pretty much junk, and even though I am getting nice smooth results in the end, I am sure there is a better, faster way.
I am thinking I should purchase a 2" HSS roughing gouge, but I don't know enough to be certain of this, as I've kind of self taught myself on the lathe and haven't done too many other pieces (did a trophy piece but took a while to get it right without taking too many chunks out)
Can anyone recommend the best tools for the job. I don't mind paying a bit more if the tools will last longer and stay sharp longer.
Also, what is the best tool to use after the roughing gouge - my column is straight, no taper, no design - so whatever will work best to keep my edge straight all the way the whole length. I have been using a 3/4" gouge to do this, and it takes some time.
Thanks for any help!