View Full Version : Quillmaster

06-17-2004, 08:14 AM
I can't afford a bridgeport at this time, so I'm running a Grizzly Mill/Drill with the R8 spindle. My question is...Will a Quillmaster fit my mill or is there an alternative to the quillmaster for my machine?

06-17-2004, 02:06 PM
First question would be what is the diameter of your quill? MOST Quillmasters have a 3.375" bore with a straight shaft that you use a standard collet on.
I know there are some Quillmaster's out there that fit the old "M" head, which I think is 2 and 9/16" ub diameter. Pretty sure they all have a straight shank to be used with a collet.
David from jax

06-17-2004, 02:23 PM
Thanks, sandman...I'll check it out.

06-17-2004, 02:34 PM


06-17-2004, 04:08 PM

Actually, that thread on the other board is exactly what brought my origional question to mind. I sure could use one of those things if it works with my machine. I will check it out this evening.

06-17-2004, 04:54 PM
I have a couple of hundred in mine, with the QRA and shipping.(Actually $230).
Plus I bought a lower housing from another board member for around $40-$50 (?)
It was one of the first "second chance" auctions from ebay that I ever got. Wasn't sure if it was legit, but it went thru without a hitch. So if that brazed piece of junk I got from Reliabletools ever breaks, I got it covered.
I actually bought the QRA first, thinking I had the quillmaster auction sewn up. Won the QRA, but lost the Quillmaster by about a hundred dollars.(went for $270). I shopped till I found one that I could afford. Seen them cheaper since then, just no need for one now. Have even bid on a few of the "M" head ones, since I am trying to find an "M" head for the old Fray Mill.
David from jax

06-17-2004, 05:34 PM

I just checked my quill, and it is 3.800. Do you think that the housing on the quill master could be chucked in a lathe, and bored to 3.80, to fit my machine. If I ever see one in person, I will check it out then. It's just that I hate to spend $$ on one, and find out that it won't do what I want ti to. I envision all kinds of possibilities for one of these gadgets. Thanks.

06-17-2004, 05:59 PM
Nope, save your money.
Maybe one of these would be better...



You could put a head like this on it.


Or maybe one of these if you want right angles deep into a hole.

06-17-2004, 06:03 PM
Space on a milldrill might be a problem, so maybe one of these would be better with the right upper part.


David from jax

06-18-2004, 10:55 PM
Anyone ever posted or published plans to make a right-angle head?

06-19-2004, 07:27 AM

I don't know about the plans, but I wonder why you would want them, as cheap as most right angle heads are going for these days.
You probably can't buy the material and gears for the price of a Bridgeport one, or maybe even a Volstro.
I just keep buying them, and trading them off for stuff I need.
Got anything you want to trade? I think I still have a couple.
David from jax