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  • Quick Change Tool Post for Atlas 12x36 Lathe

    What quick change tool post is suitable for an Atlas? the slot in the compound slide is kind of small.

  • #2
    I'm not familiar with Atlas lathes, but if the swing is 12", then I'm pretty sure you'd want to get the BXA (and/or 200 series) QCTP.
    The 'Tee Nut' that goes into the compound slot will need to be machined to fit, but that's normal.
    I had to make a special nut to fit my old Jet lathe.

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    • #3
      AXA/100 or BXA/200 sizes work equally well. If you turn a lot of larger diameters along the length BXA is a bit larger with slightly greater possibility of the holder getting in the way.
      BXA will take a 5/8" square tool, where AXA only 1/2"
      Steve

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      • #4
        +1 on the BXA (200) plus I'd go with the wedge type rather than the piston

        Randy
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        • #5
          I built mine from scratch, i cut the slots to take 1/2" tooling like the AXA. Atlas 10x48" your 12" should be nearly identical besides a taller compound.
          Couple pics for visual. I believe my tool post is about the size of a AXA.



          Andy

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          • #6
            The factor to consider in choosing AXA or BXA is the spindle axis height above the compound. On that basis Aloris suggests the AXA. I agreed after I put an AXA on my 12" Atlas.

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            • #7


              It's only a crapy Atlas lathe. No, really, it is. Get the AXA.

              --Doozer
              DZER

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              • #8
                I have an AXA on my Craftsman 12"

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                • #9
                  I have an AXA on my 12" craftsman and it is right at home.
                  Craftsman 101.07403
                  Grizzly G0704
                  4x6 Bandsaw

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                  • #10
                    Consider the AXA wedge from "tools4cheap" - I recently got my 2nd set from him and they are especially nice!
                    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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                    • #11
                      I used an OmniPost set up on my 10" Atlas with good results.

                      http://www.krfcompany.com/overview.html


                      Rex

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                      • #12
                        I like a tool post style resembling a simplified version of this one http://steammachine.com/hercus/page6.html., http://members.optusnet.com.au/clear...s/article1.jpg , and http://members.optusnet.com.au/clear...s/article2.jpg . If you keep it simple, these are very practical and as only two critical dimensions need to be met, post OD and block ID, they are very easy to make. If you use HSS be sure to throw in 8-10 degrees or so of back rake into the tool blocks. I have been using this style of tool post for a couple of years now and they have performed perfectly. So, super easy to make and no mill is needed, rock solid performance, great visibility, and quick tool changes. I use a lot of hand ground HSS and the ability to swing the tool to any angle I want without loosening the post is a great asset. I made a set for a 10-inch Atlas that I got for the kids, but after testing it on my old 14 inch Monarch, it also got a post. I now share the blocks between the lathes.
                        I would suggest that you make your first block so that it will accept your Armstrong type holders and then add to your collection.
                        I have been told that if you use a 1.125” post, the system should be compatible with the commercial products available, Goggle Omni Post.
                        Have fun with it, Mike

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rode2rouen View Post
                          I used an OmniPost set up on my 10" Atlas with good results.

                          http://www.krfcompany.com/overview.html


                          Rex
                          I like that angled tool holder! I may try to make one of those to try on my holder. Looks like it can be handy! Thanks for the link!
                          Andy

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