View Full Version : 5C Bison Lathe Collet Chuck

10-04-2005, 07:51 PM
I'm looking at buying one of these collet chucks on ebay. Has anyone used one of these. I want to install it on a Clausing 5903 lathe.



10-05-2005, 12:04 AM
Personally, I'd hold out for a lever-type 5C collet setup and then start looking for a Jacobs Rubberflex or Burnerd collet chuck.

5C is great for on-size stock in the standard sizes, especially for short work, but the Rubberflex or Burnerd collets have a 1/8" range per collet which works better for rough stock and they each max out at 1-3/8" for the L-00 spindle.

If I had to choose just one, price was an issue, and my stock was almost always 2" or longer I'd probably pick up a Rubberflex with set of collets and expect to pay about $300.


10-05-2005, 07:12 AM
Hi Jeff,

I have one of those collet chucks and I love it. It has its drawbacks...mainly, that collet change time is slow and part change is slower than the lever type closers. But, it's still a collet closer and has made me quite a bit of money.

Mine is on my Clausing 4901.

Andy Pullen

10-05-2005, 09:54 AM
I got one for my 13x40 chiwan
paid for itself inside of the first ten parts.
I agree that it's a little slow to change collets and parts...so what?
This was $400 vs the $1300 for a lever closer

John Lawson
10-05-2005, 10:44 AM
I put one on my 10" Logan turret lathe with excellent results.
The lever model available did not have enough capacity and individual collets are now $85 each.
I have not found changeover time to be a problem.
I considered an adjustable back plate model, but decided against it because a plate fitted to the spindle is spot on.

10-05-2005, 06:24 PM
I have one for my Grizzly 4003. I bought the direct fit one (D1-4) and it is great. I use a power screwdriver to make changing the collets faster. The funny thing is I also have a lever closer that I hardly use. I think for the one off stuff the chuck is faster, now production, that would be something else. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Paul in NE Ohio

10-05-2005, 06:35 PM
I see in the KBC Tool flyer they have them on sale, plain back 268.35 and direct fit for 318.63 (D1-3, D1-4, D1-5, 1 1/2 X 8 AND 2 1/4X8) These are Bison 5 C collet chucks.

www.kbctools.com (http://www.kbctools.com)

Prices are good until Nov. 15th. Usual disclaimers.

Paul in NE Ohio