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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 04-08-2017 06:39 PM

I have not followed the various models that developed after the demise of Tony Fox’s operation where I was a dealer.
These machines, regardless of model, use R-8 collets in the headstock. “R-8 collets”http://http://www.grizzly.com/products/12-pc-Precision-R-8-Collet-Set/G1646 are available everywhere on the buying sites. In addition, there are many useful R-8 accessories like tapered receivers for MT-1 through MT-4, end mill holders, various other milling and boring tools. All of the standard SuperShop accessories used a 3/4” R-8. The only part you would need to turn to Delta for is the mortising chisel holder. The standard chuck for drilling was a 5/8” keyed Jacobs with a 3/4” tail, but I have added a keyless chuck integrated with R-8 stem inexpensively. Very handy. Any lathe drive center can be used…I like these. I use a SuperNova chuck with a #2 MT adapter for bowls. I would recommend, as I’m going to do shortly, have a machine shop turn an adapter with a 3/4” stub shaft on the headstock end and 1” x 8 tpi thread on the other to the chuck. By the time the other multiple adapters mentioned above get put together, the chuck is hanging quite a ways from the headstock. I want it closer, though it seems to work fine. Ideally there would be an R-8 adapter with 1×8 threads. Somewhere…someday.
Keep in touch. It will be fun to see this develop. I’ll send pictures to email if you want. What part of the world are you in?
DanK
I had a custom tail stock made (by a machine shop) that holds an arbor whose external threads and R-8 collet capabilities match the headstock. Very useful.

All the moving parts like bearings, belts, tooling are off the shelf hardware. Even the motors and electronics are available.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.


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