View Full Version : Quick Change Tool Post for Busy Bee lathe

10-20-2012, 01:51 PM
I have wanted a quick change tool post for my Busy Bee B2227L 10 X 18 lathe so when I saw Busy Bee had their's on sale for $ 85 I could not resist it even though it was specified for a 12" lathe.
i ordered the QTCP with the 5 holders plus I ordered an extra tool holder so with shipping and tax it came to $ 130 which for Canada is a low price. Three days later I received it
I checked this post http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/threads/45701-Installing-AXA-100-QCTP-on-BusyBee-10-x-18-lathe/page4 and used that info to design my system.
You can see from the pictures that the original post ( 10mm) is much smaller than the one supplied ( 14 mm)
It also is too short. I did not want to mill out the base and my welding skills are very low so I set out to use the original post. I made a aluminum adapter 29.75 mm dia , 4.5mm high base plus post 14mm wide with internal 10mm hole about 1 inch high. This keeps the pool post in position. Little button which locks post at 90 degrees is not in the same place so you lose that function.
I then made a steel adapter 14 mm wide and about 2'' long. I drilled out one end and drilled an threaded internal with a 10 mm thread to extend the end of the post. i did not have a 14mm thread die so narrowed the top to 1/2 " and threaded it 1/2 -13. I would have liked to have gotten a 14mm bolt and drill it out so i could use the nut that came with the tool post but the 1/2 inch works ok
The tool post is large for this lathe so holders are almost at the bottom in use but I sill have 1/10" of room left over.
First time I have originated a post. Hope the pictures show up.

Picture link http://s1272.photobucket.com/albums/y395/george4657/

10-20-2012, 02:52 PM
The $85 price was good. I just finished helping a friend mount one of those on a B2229 combo mill / lathe. We had to machine a new bolt and a 1" thick spacer, but like yours it now works well.