If you find a particularly interesting bowl blank or have spent good money on one, the Woodcut Bowlsaver MAX3 can effectively quadruple your output. Four bowls from a single blank has to be a good option. Using the Bowlsaver MAX3 coring device, it becomes a relatively simple operation, saving the bulk of your investment from ending up in a heap of shavings. If you use the MAX3 to cut a number of cores from a green timber blank, there is the double bonus of more blanks and a shorter time before you can finish the bowls.
The Woodcut Bowlsaver MAX3 comes with three Stellite tipped semicircular-shaped blades. These give you the potential to remove cores from 450mm to 75mm in diameter from the inside of the outer blank. The depth that the blades will go into the wood is adjustable from zero up to 150mm. The small blade’s range is from 75mm to 180mm; the middle blade is 200mm to 300mm and the large blade from 320mm to 450mm (depth 150 mm). The Stellite cutting tips will easily give you up to 500 bowl blanks, depending on the type of wood. Use a diamond file to sharpen the tips.
The Woodcut Bowlsaver MAX3 attaches to your lathe using a tool post and a Morse taper stub that fits into the tailstock of your lathe (MT2). This solid double support results in smooth, accurate results every time.
The Woodcut Bowlsaver MAX3 is suitable for lathes with swing between 400mm and 635mm and a minimum motor power of 1.5kW (2hp) In addition to the Bowlsaver, you will need to choose the correct diameter tool post to suit your lathe from those listed.
21 September 2017
Great bit of kit if a little expensiveI was lucky to get one of the first of these imported to the UK for my VB36, it is a great tool and does exactly what it says allowing large blanks to produce multiple bowls. Not suited to small DIY lathes as some power is required to get the best results. The fit and finish are to a very high standard, heavy castings and excellent blade tips ensure good results, some vibration at times and a firm hand needed to use it to it potential. Overall very pleased, if a little expensive.