Ultra Shear Parting Tool
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I give the tool a 3 out of 5 rating. I tried it in both hardwood (oak) and softwood (juniper). It cut well at the start of each cut, but after about an inch of depth it started chattering and it showed on the wood after the separation was complete. I tried different positions , and still only the beginning was a fairly clean cut. The softer juniper left a cleaner cut than the oak.
My HSS separating tool does a nicer job although it makes a wider cut and needs sharpening often. As I use mostly carbide tips in all my work, I was disappointed.
Good Point...The woodpecker makes a thinner groove than I can do otherwise, and it is equal to the HSS for cutting at the beginning of the cut.
I will use it, but only when I feel a thin groove will be advantageous and only on softwoods.
Thanks for asking my opinion, and please don't give up trying to make a perfect carbide parting tool as there is a need for one. thanks