Using Reciprocating Power Tools
There are two styles of reciprocating power tools for woodcarving: the ‘stand alone’ style with it’s own hand-held motor; a reciprocating handpiece that attaches to a flexshaft power tool.
‘Stand Alone’ Style Models
Our most popular model is the AutoMach shown above. This power Reciprocating Carver is rugged and reliable. Aluminum die-cast body is light and vibration free. Special reciprocating action of the cutter head carves through the toughest woods with just simple hand direction. Greater pressure causes a deeper cut. For safety, free-floating action keeps blades motionless until pressed against wood. The laminated blades move at 10,000 vibrations per minute, leaving a smooth cut surface. Read more about it.
Another popular model is the Proxxon MSG Reciprocating Carver shown here. Carvers with arthritic or other mobility problems will appreciate the ease with which it can be operated. It unit weights less than 1-1/2 lb and power consumption is only 50 watts at 115 volts. Consequently it is less powerful than the AutoMach and made for lighter work.
Arbortech from Australia also makes a Reciprocating Power Carver. This model is powered by an angel grinder. Excellent 12,000 rpm reciprocating action lets you guide the chisel through the wood with ease. Offers smooth carving for detail in letters, lines and texturing. Works great on both soft wood or hard woods. Especially well suited for large scale work, which would be impractical to carry out by hand. Quite noisy because of its power.
Using Reciprocating Handpieces Attached to a Flexshaft
Both Foredom and Wecheer