Tormach Lathe Tooling Just Got a Little Easier

Lathe-Toolong-3-4-IMG_0679As Matt Doepers, Tormach’s engineering and technical manager, says, “Lathe tooling is like a big bowl of pudding. You can stick your hands in and pull a lot out, without ever fully grasping anything.” You can stumble on something that will work, but finding robust solutions can be a lifelong craft and educational endeavor.

We’ve recently added two new items to our selection of Quick Change Toolholders for the 15L Slant-PRO lathe in an effort to make tool holding just a bit easier.

The new 5C Toolholder for QC Post (PN 35205) allows a 5C collet to hold a cutting tool (boring bar, drill, etc.) on a quick-change tool post. All of the 5C collets that Tormach sells will fit in this holder, which makes it particularly useful with odd-sized drill bits.

The #1X Toolholder for QC Post (PN 35269) is most useful to customers wishing to use both a turret and a quick-change post at the same time. The turret holds eight tools, so this holder gives users a simpler solution when adding a ninth tool to their setup.

Lathe-Toolong-Straight-IMG_0684When eight tools on a turret aren’t enough, and the Quick Change tool post is to be used for that all-important ninth tool, there can be a higher risk of crashing the turret tools into the work piece while the ninth tool is cutting. With the extended reach of the #1X, the ninth tool holder is more aligned with those mounted in the turret, thus decreasing the odds of a crash.

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#1X Toolholder for QC Post (PN 35269)
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5C Toolholder for QC Post (PN35205)

 

Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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