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  • Where to get a small magnetic chuck?

    As you do, I've occasionally found that an ability to grind (hardened) parts would be handy. The jury is still out whether I should try and find a surface grinder or make/ buy a T&C grinder that I can attach a magnetic chuck to. Typically the sort of parts I want to grind are spacers etc, so parts would normally not be bigger than say 2" square.
    However, looking around I haven't seen many small magnetic chucks. 5" by 7" seemed to be the smallest I've seen around. Has anyone seen narrower? Most T&C grinders are not very wide so something 4" or even 3" might be more appropriate.
    Thoughts?

    Michael

  • #2
    There is one that is sold regularly on ebay from a seller in Tasmania...

    $200 for a 4 X 8 size... I think it a bit expensive given our very high $ at the moment $1.07 and still rising...
    Precision takes time.

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    • #3
      I recently completed a T&C grinder and bought the CDCO 4x4" chuck.

      http://www.cdcotools.com/index.php (Item # 27202) It is quite cheap but I figure I would be doing jobs as you describe - not full blown surface grinding.

      It is well made and has a reasonably low profile which was important on my machine. I am impressed by the holding power but have no experience in this field.

      Geoff

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      • #4
        Here's on that's 3X5 and less than 2 inches high.

        http://www.gromaxonline.com/prod/php...&Id=1000002837
        Illigitimi non Carborundum 😎
        9X49 Birmingham Mill, Reid Model 2C Grinder, 13x40 ENCO GH Lathe, 6X18 Craftsman lathe, Sherline CNC mill, Eastwood TIG200 AC/DC and lots of stuff from 30+ years in the trade and 15.5 in refinery unit operations. Now retired. El Paso, TX

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ammcoman2
          I recently completed a T&C grinder and bought the CDCO 4x4" chuck.
          Come on Geoff, without pics it never happened
          in Toronto Ontario - where are you?

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          • #6
            Yes, it did. The Executive on the Club have seen it!.

            I will post some shots soon.

            Geoff

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            • #7
              You might find something here. Even a round chuck may do the job.

              http://www.penntoolco.com/catalog/pr...ategoryID=8637

              Gene

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              • #8
                I bought a used 6x18 Brown and Sharp chuck for $125. It came with a free and working 70 year old 6x18 Covel Grinder attached After using the lathe to make the necessary wheel spacers, the whole thing turned out to be a great deal.

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                • #9
                  I'd love a proper surface grinder but space is limited. I have a spot on a bench top that I can spare but it's only around 600mm square and I'd prefer not to have large amounts of overhang - hence the thoughts of using a small T&C grinder for those odd jobs. Most of those that I see have a cast iron base. Easily detached so the grinder can be used on a bench top but then what to do with the base? Removing parts from a complete machine just because I don't want them doesn't sit right. Perhaps fabrication is the way to go.
                  The 3x5 from Gromax would be ideal for me, except for the pricing.

                  Michael

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