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Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II

If you have a Munro Hollower II then you probably have discovered that the Button Head Cap Screws (bolts) on the bottom are not the greatest. The allen head wrench hole in the heads strips out easily because the hole is to shallow.

If you purchased your Munro Hollower II from Steve Sinner at Advanced Lathe Tools then it comes with better Socket Head Cap Screws. The allen head wrench hole in these is nice and deep. However the standard height socket head cap screws are a little to tall. They stick down below the bottom of the cutter head. Some times they catch on the tool rest when you pull the tool out of a hollow form.

Low Head Socket Head Cap Screws work a lot better. They fit just right. See photo. You can get them from www.mcmaster.com. Part #92855A613 “Low-Profile Socket Head Screws, M6 x 1 mm Thread, 12 mm Long” $8.39 for 25 on 11/2018.

In the above photo the Button Head Cap Screw is the black one on the left. Standard height Socket Head Cap Screw is in the middle. Low Head Socket Head Cap Screw is on the right and in the bottom of the cutter head.

Note: The above only applies to the Munro Hollower II (or Hollower2). If you have the Mini Hollower or Wundercutt10 Hollower then you probably need a different size bolt.

Munro Carbide Cutter

This is the 1st of 3 blog entries I am going to release on Carbide Cutters.

Photo: $12 Carbide Cutter for Munro Hollower II $12 Carbide Cutter for Munro Hollower II

A replacement Carbide Cutter for the Munro Hollower II is $20+ from numerous commercial retailers.

The "12mm Round Shear Insert Fits 4 Tool RD12S" from Az Carbide is the same product for only $12.

I have several of them from Az Carbide and they work fine!

The Az Carbide web site says it is for #4 Hunter Tool. It does not mention Munro Hollower II. This is bad marketing. The Munro Hollower II and #4 Hunter Tool use the same cutter.

Note: This cutter will NOT fit the new Munro Wundercutt10 Hollower. It uses a 10mm cutter. The "10mm Round Carbide Shear Insert RD10S Fits 3 & 5 Tool" from Az Carbide may work. I DO NOT KNOWN! I have not tried it.

Photo: Az Carbide Shopping Cart Az Carbide Shopping Cart

You can purchase things from Az Carbide's eBay store or directly from www.azcarbide.com.

Prices are little cheaper and shipping is flat rate $3 at www.azcarbide.com.

Note: Az Carbide is just one of several vendors who are selling carbide cutters on eBay.

Photo: Munro Hollower II Munro Hollower II

The "12mm Round Shear Insert Fits 4 Tool RD12S" from Az Carbide fits the Munro Hollower II. The one in the photo on the right.

Photo: Get a Carbide Cutter Tip Get a Carbide Cutter

One of the tips in my "Munro Hollower Demo" write up is:

"Get a Carbide Cutter for your Munro Hollower!

At $24 the carbide cutter for the Munro Hollower2 is not cheap. But it is a great investment because it will really speed up the learning process.

The HSS cutters that come standard with the Munro Hollowers suck because you have to stop often to rotate the cutter to a new sharp area or sharpen the cutter. Sharpening the cutter is extremely frustrating!

Each time you stop to dork with the cutter and then go back to work. It is like you have a completely new tool that you have to learn to use all over again from scratch!


See http://www.carlford.info/pages/demos_classes/munro_hollower/Munro_Hollower.pdf