Ultra-High Speed Air Turbines
We carry ultra-high speed tools from Turbocarver™ and NSK. All of these tools will spin 1/16" dental burs (often called "FG" or friction-grip burs) at speeds between 320,000RPM and 400,000RPM (there is virtually no difference in cutting ability anywhere within this range). At those speeds, you can carve almost any material - including wood, most metals, glass, antler, bone, even stone and eggshell!
This is smallest ultra-high speed tool we sell. The USA-made, Turbocarver™ is an ideal entry-level hobby grade tool that is small, lube-free and runs at speeds up to 400,000RPM. It is dependable, comfortable and economical. Should servicing be required, it will be necessary to send the unit back to the US manufacturer.
This is the "top of the line"; as good as it gets in ultra-high speed tools. Typical of NSK tools, the Japanese-made, 320,000RPM Presto is lube-free, silky smooth, and very comfortable (it's also the quietest of the 3). Features an easy, twist bit release. The turbine is user-replaceable and in stock.
We have a full selection of high-quality FG (friction-grip) 1/16" shank burs to fit your ultra-high speed air turbine. Carbide burs are used on all "softer" materials like wood, most metals, eggshell and soft stones (soapstone). Single-cut carbide burs leave a smooth cut, while cross-cut burs cut cooler and more quickly, but they leave fine ridges. Diamonds are essential for hard materials (like stone and glass); they will also work on softer materials (like wood). Stone burs are great for texturing and smoothing softer materials as well as pre-polishing in hard materials. Rubber polishers give a fine finish in most metals, but they must be used at reduced speeds or they will disintegrate. All burs (except rubber polishers) are rated for use in ultra-high speed handpieces up to 450,000RPM.
Will a UHS tool replace any of my other tools? Will it make them obsolete?
A). No. A Ultra-High Speed tool will compliment the tools you are currently using - it won't replace them. UHS tools are meant for very fine, precise detail work. For most carvers wishing to use power tools, this would be the third power tool purchase. First choice would be a flexshaft tool (Foredom™) for bulk removal, rough-out work and sanding of large areas. Second would be a micro motor for smaller carved detail, texturing, and fine sanding. The UHS tool is unmatched for fine detail work, but it will not work for bulk carving or sanding. Still not sure? give us a call!
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