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    I picked up some oversized tool holders that are too wide to fit in my South Bend lantern tool post. I also have a bunch of cutters that fit them, so I'd like to be able to use them if it's reasonable.

    Had a couple of ideas of how to best deal with them.

    - Mill them down on the sides so they're narrow enough to fit into the tool post.
    - Fabricate a wider lantern style post.
    - Sell them and just buy some smaller ones.

    One is a knurling tool and one's a boring bar holder, so they'll definitely be useful.

    Thoughts?

  • #2
    Yeah, Id just "adjust" them. As long as they aren't so large to get in the way. The extra bulk even after milling off the offending metal could be a plus.. JR
    My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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    • #3
      they are likely to be very hard

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      • #4
        As stated the metal will be hard and you will need to grind them to size or use a carbide in the mill.
        I would go with machining a larger tool holder to fit your lathe.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mike os
          they are likely to be very hard
          Hmmm... hadn't thought about that. Perhaps fabbing up a larger tool post would be the way to go. I have some spare tool post parts that I could use as a starting point... got the washer and bottom plate, so I'd just need the post itself.

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          • #6
            Have you checked that the tool holders come in equal to or under the lathe spindle centre height.

            Phil

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            • #7
              Trade them. Has to be someone with a larger lathe and too few tool holders.

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              • #8
                Weld a bit of square bar onto the side.
                "...do you not think you have enough machines?"

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                • #9
                  I had the exact same issue. Whole box of #1 toolholders, but needed more #0 for my 9A and shaper.
                  Listed them on PM, sold a few, traded the rest. Now I have a full set of all available #0 toolholders, plus some extras for the shaper.

                  But..... The best answer is still an AXA QCTP.

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                  • #10
                    I have a few tool holders that have been milled down so they cant be that hard.

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                    • #11
                      Good excuse to build a tool post and holders.
                      Andy

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                      • #12
                        Get rid of the lantern and get a QCTP.

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                        • #13
                          Dont be a girl's blouse, grab your angle grinder and make those holders fit.

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                          • #14
                            not knowing any better, i milled some armstrong #2s that were beat up pretty bad to fit a 13" leblond. i think the only endmills i had at the time were carbide resharps from e-bay. easy job for my rong-fu mill.

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                            • #15
                              Rex is right, put that crap on e bay or the junk pile and get a tool post.

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