Installing a Lever Type Lathe Collet Installing a Lever Type Lathe Collet

What You'll Need
Collet
Drawbar

Installing a lever type lathe collet is relatively easy if you understand the instructions. A lever type lathe a machine consisting of a metal drawbar with spinning block that performs sharpening of tools, sanding of wood surface and much more From beginners to professionals, the lathe machine works to produce such works as bowls, pens, and tables. A collet is a subtype of chuck that is also known as a clamp and a chuck is a special type clamp that is commonly used to hold rotating tools. Collets are installed and used on a lathe machine depending on the kind of materials you are working with and the kinds of work you are trying to produce.

Step 1 – Removing the Chuck

It is necessary to remove the chuck from the tool before installing the collet. There are varieties of methods on removing the chucks depending on the type of chucks available. Most chucks are removed by placing a wedge between the back of the chuck and the tool’s base. It is important to always be cautious when dealing with hardware tools. Once the wedges are placed in between the chuck and the base, it will be relatively easy to remove the chuck off the tool.

Step 2 – Inspecting the Collet

It is important to inspect the collet that will be used onto the lever.  A smooth surface inside the collet provides as better sets of clamps. A worn out collet usually has ridged edges thus if a collet has ridged surface, you will need to find a new collet.

Step 3 – Installing the Collet

On the spindle of the drawbar, there will be an internal key that will hold the collet. Place the collet on the key.  Check back onto the lathe and find a pin that mounted to the headstock casting.  Collets are true parallel gripping and instant centering of the drawbar when placed onto the headstock. Once the collet is placed on the spindle, it provides a strong rigid hold on the work piece for better results.

Step 4 – Placing the Drawbar to the Headstock

In the headstock casting inside the tool, there will be a mounting arm that connects the drawbar to the headstock. Place the drawbar with the collet on its end onto the arm. Test it first to see if the grip is strong enough to hold the lever onto the machine. Now that the drawbar is placed, the lathe is ready to function.

Collets are important for any machine tools as a machine tools requires a lot of energy thus, a simple clamp could not simply hold on to a drawbar or to anything else on a machine tool. A strong and a good quality of collets could do wonders to any machinery tools.

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