Woodturning Tools that SUCK!
Have you ever gotten a tool that totally ruined your hopes and dreams of what it could do? I got a little money for my birthday and tried out the Robert Sorby Arm Brace and "Slicer" attachment (the slicer is supposed to be like a poor man's bowl coring tool). I'm on the verge of returning them both. I didn't see any reviews on the slicer, but after a few minutes of trying it today, it caused great vibration in my lathe to the point it would move across the floor even though it hardly cut anything and eventually my piece would get all wobbly in the chuck. I figured it wasn't sharp enough and used a 1000 grit diamond stone, still didn't improve things. And worse yet, the Sorby arm brace I got didn't fit this other Sorby 3/4" shaft I thought it would.
It's only been one day with them though. Maybe if I try coring with it on some softer wood, it might be decent. If not, I love buying from Hartville Tool (super fast shipping), I'll have to call them about a return.
Other disappointing tools: Tompkins V-Skew. It's supposed to be almost catchless. I got a catch with it, no problem! I've since re-grinded it into more of a Sorby Spindlemaster.
I also have a Rolly Munro cutter that I haven't completely given up on yet, but it preforms far less than other tools I have. Maybe just user error.