View Full Version : Basic 4-way toolpost questions

03-30-2009, 04:50 PM
I need a cutoff toolholder. The distance from the bottom of the toolpost slot to the spindle center is 3/4". What size toolholder shank do I need to look for? Also, I have been using hss toolbits inserted directly into the toolpost slot. Are there holders available that would angle the hss bit upward so I can slide the bit up in order to bring it to the centerline, instead of using shims?


03-30-2009, 05:02 PM
This type of tool holder may be what you want for the angle.


You must take the angle into account when you grind the front relief angle on the tool. I think the tool holder adds 15.


03-30-2009, 07:59 PM
What is the height of the opening in the toolpost? I had a 4 way tool post and used shims. You can make tool holders but if you don't have a lot of room in the slot above the center line a holder is not practical. I think if you look in the online catalog of Enco you will find insert type cutoff holders and blades that will fit your lathe.

Mark Hockett
03-30-2009, 08:41 PM
My tool post is a 4 way turret with a 3/4" spindle center line height. I use this one from Enco,

It requires no shims to set up on my lathe.

03-31-2009, 04:18 PM
Thank you. I've got a good start figuring out what I need.