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11-11-2004, 08:11 PM
I'm an old guy who learned to operate a lathe when I was in high school and public schools weren't afraid to let boys around machinery (it was a long time ago). Anyway, I learned and grew up with lantern tool posts which I still use today. But, since it's now the 21st Century I thought maybe it was time to try one of the modern tool posts. My question is, should I try one of the simple 4-way adjustable ones seen on e bay all the time (I assume they are mostly hand-made) or should I save myself a lot of future grief and go straight to an Aloris type? TIA

11-11-2004, 08:29 PM
A fellow bbs member, John Stevenson, has posted link to his plans for dandy quick-change toolpost design. Maybe somebody happens to have the link handy...or search back through the archives. I plan to make one myself, soon as I find one of them round tuits.....

In fact, here you go:


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Don Clement
11-11-2004, 08:33 PM
I have a KDK and found this quick change tool post to be highly repeatable and very rigid. http://www.kdktools.com/

Don Clement
Running Springs, California

11-11-2004, 08:46 PM
Aloris is pretty much grief-free and the Phase II clones are also very good at about 1/3 the price when on sale at Enco. The variety of toolholders available for Aloris is significant and their downloadable catalog has real nice large images of all of them (it's a 42MB download, ok for high speed connection).