Comments On Feb 05, 2017:I purchased this system as it was the only way to get a coring system for my Delta Midi lathe with a 5/8" post. After trying to make it work for several months and several communications and phone calls with the manufacturer, I had almost given up. The system seemed to work well but the blades kept twisting and binding up on me. I even tried it on a friends bigger lathe with more power, with similar poor results. I finally tried another friends bigger and heavier blades and viola' success. So I contacted Craft supply and described the situation. That I wanted the system but not the Micro blades, but the next step up the Mini blades. They agreed to exchange and only charged me the difference in price. They were great! I have cored many bowls since then, both on my Delta Midi and my bigger Laguna 18/36 with great success. So my advice is if you have a 5/8's post lathe, contact Craft and ask for the Micro Center Saver System but exchange out the Micro blades for the Mini blades. I think you will be much happier...
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Comments On May 02, 2013:If you do much bowl turning then this tool is essential - instead of turning the inside of a bowl blank into sawdust you can get several other bowls that you can finish.
Set-up and use the system correctly - it will be a dream to use. Incorrectly set-up or use the system - it will be a nightmare. Please read my notes about blade sizes at the bottom! I feel that many issues with the Kelton are because folks are using too large a blade. You also need to run the blank fast, pulley 3, ~600 rpm on the Nova 1624. I was running pulley 2, ~300 rpm, and the chips weren't clearing, the tool wasn't cutting well. The vendor support is fantastic. I had an issue with a blade not feeding and Kel called from NZ. The solution was to lap the blade to remove the high spots.
You do need to read the information on the web. Watch and rewatch the videos - Dale Bonertz video on youtube and the Mike Mahoney DVD.
Dealers like Craft Supplies really should package the standard and small blades as a set. I initially got the standard and jumbo blade set. Then quickly added the mini and small blades. The jumbo blades were too big for the blanks I was coring. With smaller blades and a faster speed, at least 600 rpm, the tool works fantastically. You also need to replace the handle with say a 16" Sorby. The included handle is too long and too heavy for anything but the jumbo blades.
Note: the Micro set has a short handle that will work with the Micro, Mini and Standard blades - micro, small and standard. Critical: The turret with this set only has posts for the Micro and Mini blades!
Right on the bottom of the Kelton product page The Micro system has been designed for those whose work is probably in a size range from 100mm to 200mm (4" to 8") in diameter or those wishing to take very small cores as part of nested sets where larger blades are used for the remaining cores. If you typically work with blanks in the size range 100 mm to 250 mm(6" to 10") diameter, then the Small set will probably fulfill your needs. For work in the 200 mm to 350 mm (8" to 14") range, then you might opt for the Standard system. If you routinely handle work in the 250mm to 450 mm(10" to 18+") diameter range, then the Large or even the Combo would be preferred.
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