Hi ! Group
Found a collet set up for my 6" ATLAS/CLAUSING lathe, Model 3950
Price is a bargain! Check out BEST WOOD TOOLS:
If your lathe spindle nose has a 1"-8 or 1"-10 thread with #2 MT, and the
spindle bore is (mine is .525) I.D., your in business. Total cost
$150.97, for draw bar, spindle thread guard, 7 collets (1/8" to 1/2" x
1/16"increments) and a machined aluminum collet storage stand.
The owner of BEST WOOD TOOLS is Victor Arrighi: varrigh1@...
E-Mail Victor (say I sent you) and give him the total length of your spindle
and its Bore I.D., thread size on spindle nose, the dia. of hole in Gear
Guard Cover and how far it is from the outboard end of the spindle to the
Gear Guard Cover face, and the distance from the spindle nose to the flanged
face that your 3 jaw chuck
seats on. Also give him lathe manufacturer (i.e. 6" ATLAS/Craftsman, or
No., and the serial number of your lathe.
The aluminum collet storage stand (7 1/4"x1"x1 1/4" high) is nicely machined
and is really a necessity (no collets banging around in a box or draw and
nicking up the MT surface). It brings the collet cost down around, say $10
or $11 (or less) which is a bargain, when you buy the set.
The one draw back is that because the draw bar is solid you can not pass
long pieces of rod stock back through the spindle ... that is the price we
our small lathes. We do not have to worry about scrap from a production
so I suppose it does not make any difference. I like the idea of easily
chucking small pieces, and not having to work up close to a 3 or 4 jaw
chuck. Example: 1/2" dia. stock seat's itself 2 1/8" into the collet.
Had a retired tool maker friend check my Collet System out ... well made and
Disclaimer: "I have no monitory interest in BEST WOOD TOOLS". Just thought
this was something that a lot of people have been looking for.