The Woodcut Pro-Forme hollowing system is one of the finest free-hand hollowing tools on the market. It has a hardened M2 high speed steel cutter that is open on the side to prevent clogging, which is common with other end grain/hollowing tools. Its adjustable safety gauge determines the depth of cut and prevents dig-ins. Each cutter is both re-sharpenable using a diamond file and replaceable to ensure a long working life from these tools. The straight shaft is the most frequently used tool, it will produce the opening and remove the wood down the sides and across the bottom of the vessel. The slight and heavy bent tools are designed for working under the shoulder of the workpiece through a smaller opening or with a reverse curve shape that limits the approach of the straight tool. The 20" (508mm) spigot handle has a comfortable cushioned grip for long periods at the lathe and if required two handles can be fitted together for extra length if required.
All Pro-Forme tools feature a heavy duty 5/8" diameter shaft that will reach up to 10" over the tool rest.
The Pro-Forme starter kit includes a handle, cutter head and a straight shaft.
21 December 2018
not what it says on the tinOn the basis of the old saying " you get what you pay for " i purchased this very expensive hollowing tool . However it has been a huge disappointment as it does not hollow seasoned end grain timber . Can't find this rather essential fact in the Axminster description for this tool but this is what i was advised by the manufacturer in New Zealand . On end grain hardwoods like oak and ash it simply will not work . The shave gauge will not stay put whatever you do or however tight you try and get the securing bolt ( so far i have broken 3 bolts ) The manufacturer ( Woodcut Tools ) have been very helpful but advised me this tool is only suitable for end grain greenwood .Thier words : " The Pro forme is ideal for green end grain."