The lathe tool holders that hold the tool flat, as for use with
carbide tipped tools are better than those that hold the toolbit up at
an angle. I am reffering to the Armstrong and such toolholders that
would be used on a lantern style toolpost.
Often one can use a HSS toolbit held directly in the toolholder on the
Look at it from the perspective that the tool should spring away from
the work, rather than plow deeper into it, if the tool deflects.
This page shows some toolholders as well as tool bits used without
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