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    I bought a Quillmaster at an auction-- I thought it was a very good price. When I checked with B'port for collets I was told $235.00 each. Are they that special or is there a "standard" collet that is the same?

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    Stepside:
    Never seen one, but www.hardingeworkholding.com or www.lyndex.com might be able to assist.

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    Stepside,
    I can measure one and post the details if it will help.
    Depends on whether you fancy making these.

    John S.
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    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.




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    Stepside,
    I only have a .187 collet.
    The attachment isn't good for much bigger than that.
    I use it with a .125 ball mill, and set the head at 45* mill, to square out pockets and such.
    It's a nice "toy".
    kap

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    John: If it isn't a "standard" then measurements would be nice. It would be fun to build one. You can E-mail me at caliper1@aol.com
    Kap: It sounds like it will do what I want. I think they only came with 1/8 and 3/16 collets.
    Thrud: I will check those sources.

    Thanks for the help

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    I have posted the collet drawing at:-
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jodiebell/quillmaster.BMP
    There is also a photo of this and a small attachment that fits onto the quillmaster to allow you to get into an undercut position.
    Pic of this at:-
    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jodiebell/quillmaster.jpg

    When I dug this Quillmaster out I didn't realise it was even there. I have four collets with mine, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 3/16"
    It looks to me as if the 3/16" is the largest it can take.

    John S.
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    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.




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    I did the same thing as you did stepside. I paid $74.00 for the quillmaster and they wanted $122.00 ea. for the collets so I made my own, a 1/8 and a 3/16. It's not to hard to do.

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    OK here's my stupid question - what are these collets called?? (And by that I mean what is the ref. no. for them)

    Sorry guys - Not being a BP fan I don't know much about these machines!

    RR

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    John
    Thanks for the drawings. I now have a project for Friday night.

    I am still curious if they have a number/name, Like 5-C or R8 or?

    Anyway thanks again and out to the shop to play.
    Pete

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    At $122 (or, Lord help us, $235!) each, I'd certainly try to make my own too! They're pretty small. You can buy a lot of 1/2" dia. 1144 or 4140 or other good-quality steel and do a lot of experimenting for $122.


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