The Robert Sorby TurnMaster

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Robert Sorby has done it again with its recent release of the TurnMaster, the first tool in the world to combine three cutting edge technologies in one system.

Sorby Turnmaster

This new tool has several unique features and is suitable for woodturners of all levels including anyone that has never turned before.

It’s most unique feature is that it uses 3 cutting edge technologies, combined with a patented 3 position indexible head, all in one flexible woodturning tool system. Here are some more:

* Cutters in 3 types of material – Tungsten Carbide, Titanium Nitride (TiN) and High Speed Steel (HSS)
* Patented indexable head allows for 3 lock tight positions
* Interchangeable cutter head – allows for greater tool flexibility
* Flat underside for added tool stability
* Torx screw and key allows for faster cutter replacement
* Unique locking spanner ensures collar security
* A Tommy bar allows for easy loosening
* Available with American ash handles or as an unhandled option
* Unhandled version is compatible with the Sorby Sovereign handle system

The benefits are:

* All cutters interchangeable with one tool – giving cost effective versatility
* Choice of job specific cutters
* Quick and easy cutter change
* Cutter head available separately – giving even more tool versatility
* Cutter head adjustment allows for scraping and shear scraping
* A well balanced tool with enough mass to curb vibration

The concept: “We started by wanting to offer a tool that supports our vision for woodturners. It had to be flexible and it had to offer quick and easily achievable results. It also had to enlighten turners to the various materials available and what can be expected from them. We wanted to develop a tool that introduces people to woodturning while at the same time providing a quick and simple solution for many projects and for all levels of woodturner. Following a year of research and analysis, speaking to turners old and new, the TurnMaster was born.”

Here’s a video showing it in use:

Please note that although the video length states that it is 14 minutes long it is really only 9 minutes long. The last 5 minutes just displays the TurnMaster logo.

You can find out more here:

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4 Responses to The Robert Sorby TurnMaster

  1. Can the Sorby TurnMaster head and cutters be used with the Sovereign Handle?


    Bob Batchelder
    October 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

  2. Yes, according to the website, “Unhandled version is compatible with the Sorby Sovereign handle system”.

    Woodworker's Guide
    November 2, 2012 at 5:47 am

  3. Is there a retail dealer who stocks this in Canada.

    Dwight Adamic
    December 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

  4. The Canadian dealer list is here:

    Woodworker's Guide
    December 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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