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SteveC
05-10-2003, 11:44 AM
Harbor Freight's 12 x 36 lathe just went on sale, and I'm thinking of buying one. I don't see a collet attachment listed for it. Does anyone know if one is available for it. Such as the Grizzly collet?

Thanks
Steve

Joel
05-10-2003, 02:11 PM
Doesn't that lathe have a D1-4 chuck mount?
There are some available (Bison I belive), but they are expensive. Oddly enough, Smithy sells an unusual collet chuck for your application for only $115. I have one and it works fine, quite accurate.
Try this link:
http://www.smithy.com/ecom/detail.asp?n=5C+Collet+Chuck&sc=LATHE+SETUP

Edit: Look at the 67-024, $115

[This message has been edited by Joel (edited 05-10-2003).]

sidneyt
05-10-2003, 05:07 PM
You can buy the one from Smithy or you can build the one described in the Dec/Jan 2003 issue of Machininist's Workshop for half that. It is a good learning project that can be made almost entirely with your new lathe.