View Full Version : tool review WT quick acting knurling tool

Jim Doherty
05-11-2013, 01:17 PM
I have been looking at knurling tools for a while know and ran across Wholesale Tools knurler for a lot less than others offered.

Scissor style 1/16 - 2 1/4 size range, one set med wheels

I had all of the calculations ready to produce a perfect knurl but after reading Nick Muellers posts about the changing diameters, which makes sense to me, I decided to go with the extra pressure method.

I hand tightened the nut then used a wrench to tighten one full revolution, hand turned the chuck to engage the feed and start the knurls tracking then powered it on.

I turned off the lathe and the knurling looked a bit shallow so leaving everything engaged I reversed the lathe back to the beginning of the rod.

For 29.00$ I'm impressed with the tool and the results. I used newcus code for 10%off but got hit with tax as they have a retail store here
request usps for lower shipping.

One thing the picture shows the nut on the underside but the pivot nut comes off and the holder can be placed on the opposite for a top nut configuration.


Factory knurling on the left my test knurl on the right, second picture is a close up of my knurl.

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05-11-2013, 02:39 PM
They are so inexpensive I buy lots of them! Each job has its own knurl tool. Much quicker sets ups without having to pound in/out the dowel pins and having a trial and error to get the diameter size with the tool. :)

05-11-2013, 03:00 PM
Pretty nice. I paid a lot more for mine from Eagle Rock. Exact same tool. I use mine fairly often. It's the way to go for general knurling work. It takes all the wear and tear off the cross slide leadscew and nut compared to the bump style tools.

05-11-2013, 03:17 PM
I bought one too from Wholesale Tool and am very pleased with it. I use a socket with T-handle to adjust the pressure. I find you need to give it pretty good pressure and it works very well. They are cheap enough to have more than one for different knurls - something to think about. I have some straight knurls that I can't seem to get to produce a good knurl. Maybe I need to play with diameters a bit more when I have more time (?).