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If all your going to turn is small items then get yourself a mini carbide tool set. Lol.. But seriously Its hard to say what tools you need to start with. I bought an 8 piece hss set from harber freight and only use 3 of the 8 tools there. For small stuff like pens, i use the hss roughing gouge then finish with carbides ...
 

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johnnie52 said:
Thanks guys. Stupid me didn't know what to search for, so I jumped ahead and asked. Right now I'm looking to turn wheels, tires, and small parts for toys. Pens and other such stuff will come later once I learn how to actually use a lathe as it is the one tool I've only seen in action and never done myself.
Gonna need a detailer for sure than
 

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cuerodoc said:
Since I have limited time availability for shop activities I really like to use carbide tools. ( yeah I can and do use the others--but carbide is just faster for me--waiting for the "cringe" from some of the guys) Check ebay if not in a hurry--always decent used tools on there--that's where I got mine.
Dave H
Whatever you are comfortable with, let it be time or expertise, do what works for you... Go carbides.. :)
 
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