Tormach Staff Recommendations: Stop-Loc Setup Tool

Here’s a great little device to speed up setup tasks in the shop: the Stop-Loc Setup Tool.    Tormach Tech Advisor Rory has two of these in his own shop and, in his own words,  “I use them all the time, man!”

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Obviously, the Stop-Loc isn’t a replacement for a precision tool setting method, but it’s practical to expect +/-0.005″ repeatability using it for routine setup tasks.  Its made from three different lengths of anodized aluminum extrusion: one for the bar and two different stops that can slide on/off and secured with a set screw.  Made in the USA.

Here are some of are favorite uses:

1.  Re-chucking Drills into tool holders

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2.  Stop/Setup gauge for a Vise

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3.  Stop/Setup gauge for a Collet Chuck on 4th axis or lathe

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4.  Re-chucking Tools into an R8 collet when not using TTS or another Quick-Change system

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You could also use it as a go/no-go gauge or for setting router bit heights on router tables/etc.

Ready to get your own:  Purchase Here

 

 

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

4 thoughts on “Tormach Staff Recommendations: Stop-Loc Setup Tool

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    01/10/2013 at 12:05 pm
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    I have been using this tool for about 2 years and it has proven to be a valuable tool.

    I bought mine from a different company and of coarse I paid a LOT more for mine. I think then it was about $20.00.

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    02/12/2013 at 1:48 pm
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    This could be used for a ton of things. Not just machining. As I was reading, I was thinking about everything you could use it for. I am curious, is there a reason you put an allen head set screw, instead of a wing nut? Something you could tighten and loosen by hand, without having to have another tool on you? It does make it more streamline with a sunk allen head I guess.

  • Andy G.
    02/12/2013 at 4:19 pm
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    I’m not sure why, either. I suppose you could swap it out for a wing nut if you really wanted to.

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    02/26/2013 at 11:48 am
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    This is very true. I might just have to get one and try it out for myself. Well, either way, it’s a pretty spectacular device. One that has very many uses.

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