These reamers are very well made, cut wood and nonferrous metals for years of normal use, and keep the holes round. Check out prices for taper reamers at industrial supply stores for an idea of what quality cutting tools cost. Go slow, they're sharp.
Thought long and hard before buying one of these. There are cheaper options out there but to my mind they are no where near as good. This does what it says it does and it does it very well. You might not use it every day but when you do need it you know it will do what you want it to. Highly recommended piece of kit.
I expect speciality tools to be expensive after all Joe Bloggs is not likely to require one of these! Its a top quality tool designed to do one specific task which it does very well indeed
Simple but quality tool. I have searched for a tapered reamer for a while and found the taper was loose. This reamer is a tight 5 degrees but you have to practice a bit to get the feel of this sharp tool.
I have the 5 degree reamer, works great for my guitars, a nice tight fit.
just about to purchase these but a tip for users. put some masking tape around the reamer to act as a measuring marker. this will enable you to control how far down the reamer goes into the hole and definitely stops you going too far. just move the tape in very small increments till you get to the correct depth. once you have done this for one pin then you can use that position of the tape for all the others knowing they will be the same. to be even safer do this on a separate piece of wood then you will be set and accurate.
I tried a hardware store reamer which made octagonal holes. So I purchased the 3 and 5 degree reamers which produce round holes with the correct taper. My bridge pins fit perfectly. No danger of buzzes or rattles now. I also checked my references and discovered that they all used these reamers.
Like other reviews. This is over-priced, but as for function: This performs great!
I don't write a lot of reviews, but I discovered a couple of techniques which may be of some value to others, so here goes... first, this reamer was a little pricey. The five stars are for how well it works, not the price. That said... I read others' warnings about going too fast and finding out the hole is now oversized. I can't emphasize the importance of this enough. So try this - loosely place the reamer in the hole and start turning it, letting the presence and weight of the tool do the work. You may find you have to add a little force to it, but try this first and see if it works. I did this on a bridge re-glue and it worked well, without using any force at all. Second, if you find out that you've gone a little too far, and you should be checking the fit OFTEN, wet a Q-tip and run it into the hole a couple of times. The wood will absorb a little moisture and swell - when it dries, you might have regained a snug fit. I did. Pretty lengthy review for the first time!
They're just like a woman. Expensive
but you need them.....However you don't have to take a bridge pin reamer out for an expensive dinner on Valentine's Day....JCM
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