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  • #16
    Might have finally got a photo-hosting site working. Here's a couple of pics. The first is looking into the gear/bearing end of the Morse taper. The other is the completed straight shank unit ready to install. The compression bushing used to hold the gear during removal/replacement is shown behind.
    https://ibb.co/album/bPH8yv
    Last edited by IdahoJim; 05-31-2018, 10:46 AM.

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    • #17
      I have both models of the Versa Tapper and they both use the same collets. The J-440 is for 5/16 to 5/8 and the J-441 is for #10 to 1/2. Both have the same Jacobs tap chuck. The same tap chuck used on other tapping heads. You will see what I mean when you get your other unit.

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      • #18
        Yup...you're right, and I was wrong. What fooled me was the embossed range on the chuck, which says 5/16" to 5/8", as in the pic.https://image.ibb.co/enUf3J/P6020001.jpg
        I didn't read the label, which says #10 to 1/2", as in the pic...https://preview.ibb.co/jNHYOJ/P6020002.jpg
        It's a little odd they'd have a different range on the chuck than on the label. I did tap 9/16" holes in aluminum, however, with no problems at all. I also had a tough time getting the 1/4" tap into the chuck while the whole thing was installed on the drill press. Later on, I was able to get the #10 tap in there, so I knew I'd screwed up and bought the other tapper, which is basically the same unit. The model numbers denote the type of shank, as you said. 6100 is the 1/2" straight, and 6200 is the #2 Morse taper.
        Well, live and learn...ain't the end of the world. Just have to sell the 6200, as the 6100 I bought is brand new. The 6200 is almost new...not a single scratch on the taper, and now will sell with both types of shanks. I appreciate everyboy's help. Sure wish I could find a small container of the Mobilux 023 grease. Hate paying over $100 for a 5 gallon bucket.
        Jim

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        • #19
          Hi,
          I have been using 90 wt gear oil and works fine. Just fill up to 3 pinions. The 3 big screws on the sides. As per manual. Been using the tappers for years.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by dmerd View Post
            Hi,
            I have been using 90 wt gear oil and works fine. Just fill up to 3 pinions. The 3 big screws on the sides. As per manual. Been using the tappers for years.
            Aaahh...that's a relief, knowing the gear oil will work OK. I've read stories that even the brand new, but old stock units, have dried out oil. The one I have is OK in that regard, but I still thought it would be a good idea to change the oil. I really appreciate that info.
            jim

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