Two things: Being too small to fit snugly in the bore of the horn - and being completely made of non-absorbent fibres.This is interesting what would make a pads saver next to useless
I wish I had a latheTwo things: Being too small to fit snugly in the bore of the horn - and being completely made of non-absorbent fibres.
I keep a couple of cheapo padsavers by the lathe - they're the perfect size for cleaning out the spindle bore prior to inserting taper shank tooling. But that's all they're good for.
You don't need to look at them - just read the manufacturer's specs. A good one will be a blend of fibres...some for scouring and cleaning, some for wicking moisture.In truth I suppose it's quite difficult to tell how absorbent they might be just by looking at them or even feeling them polyester materials can be very deseptive these days