New Arbortech Turboshaft


arbotech turboshaft

The Turboshaft is a power carving attachment for use fitted to a 100mm (4") or 115mm (4.1/2") angle grinder. Designed to complement the Arbortech Turbo range or as a stand-alone tool, the Turboshaft provides the means to carry out detailed freehand carving.

The Turboshaft was developed to fill the gap between Arbortech’s larger rotary carving tools and the detail capability of the power chisel or hand chisels. It is not designed for rapid removal of wood like the larger tools, but is fined tuned for control as the last powered carving tool before reverting to chisels.

At 20mm (13/16”) in diameter and on a 70mm shaft, it brings the benefits of rotary shaping to tighter deeper recesses. It has small replaceable carbide circular cutters that only cut at the very end of the shaft and can be rotated to a new edge if and when they become dull. Although it can cut in any direction at the very tip, the shaft can be run along templates for accurate repeatable work or used freehand for carving or shaping.

The cutters are limited in their exposure in all directions to prevent grabbing or gouging and it is not possible to push the shaft into wood like a drill. This facilitates a planing action at the very end of the shaft, which is very useful when doing detail work. However, if it is moved in a circular or a back and forth motion, it can be plunged deep into the wood.  The minimum diameter hole achievable is approximately 22mm.

Kevin Inkster, CEO of Arbortech and inventor of the Turboshaft, commented: “You really need to watch one of the videos to appreciate its usefulness, but you can think of it as a freehand router. I have found it great for doing very fast freehand signs, which can be done even faster and more accurately if I have templates prepared.  Mostly though, I have used it for carving deep profiles in sculptures and, at one time, I did a small wooden jug where I used it to carve out the inside and through the handle. “

The unique Turboshaft is a versatile addition to any woodworker’s tool kit.

Price £69.96, valid until 31 December 2015.

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