Kit and Tool Tuesdays - Arbortech Mini Turbo archive
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Peter Benson looks at this handy machine, which is compatible with most 100mm and 115mm angle grindersError loading Partial View script (file: ~/Views/MacroPartials/cwsGalleryImages.cshtml)
I have tried just about every type of angle grinder based rotary cutter on the market and have come to the conclusion that none of them holds a candle to those produced by Arbortech. I tried using the Mini Turbo fitted directly to the angle grinder with the extension shaft supplied but found it nothing like as good as its big brother. There were no apparent advantages when working on a flat surface but it really comes into its own when it is required to cut deep into the surface,as one would with a router. You can use all types of template if required to produce deep, shaped depressions as it doesn't cut on the side.
In useIf you wish to remove large amounts of waste material from the centre of bowl blanks then this setup is ideal, allowing you to go down about 100mm quickly and safely with the ability to produce vertical sides if required. This takes a bit of getting used to as the disc can skid across the surface of the timber until you get the hang of knowing which way to move it to cut as you wish.
I can see that there will be numerous applications where this tool is invaluable with a variety of guides and templates. Also in the kit are sanding discs that fit directly on the extension shaft with the cutter removed and these are a very effective addition. Using these in conjunction with each other will result in an excellent finish.
Once fitted to the mini Arbortech attachment on the angle grinder, it was a completely different tool. Although you can't cut deep into the wood, it will get into otherwise inaccessible spaces and gives an altogether superior finish to the mini cutters usually fitted. It is easy to use and removes wood at a rapid rate - how heavy handed you wish to be is only limited by the durability of the rubber drive belt. When really pushed the belt on my unit did eventually give up the ghost but, to be honest, I don't think anyone in his right mind would normally push it to that extent.