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Old 10-30-2010, 12:04:42 PM
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hey guys and girl i just got my harbor freight mill lathe combo back operational, i need a set of colets for the mill and a live center for the lathe but i dont know what taper they are, also would like a set of mill holddowns or whatever they are called, where can i find these things? i need the the morris taper number as well... im clueless, thanks in advance
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www.use-enco.com

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elcellent!! i still need to know the taper size. thanks!
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Measure the opening on the tail stock (ID) and I can give you the taper size for your machine. Same on the mill quill. Most common is the R8 collets.

Try to borrow an R8 collet locally and see if it fits. The collet will have a threaded hole on the upper end and a slot cut on the side so it can not turn in the quill.

The other collet it may use is the 5C. ??????

Check with Harbor Freight to see what will fit.

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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

This site has all kinds of useful shop info including dimensions for most tapers and collets.

http://shopswarf.orconhosting.net.nz/sindex.html

Scroll thru the index to find all sorts of neat stuff.

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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

If you find your model number of your machine. Then go to the Harbor Freight website and find the listing. At the bottom of the listing you can download the manual in PDF format. That will tell you everything you need to know.

www.harborfreight.com

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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

found some info out

milling head taper is no. 2 (assuming morse taper 2)

tail stock no.2

and spindle hole no.3 (whats the spindle?)

now i took my drill chuck out of the milling head and theres a thread in there. is this common?

sorry to sound like an idiot but this is spanish to me.. thanks

---------- Post added at 06:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:17 PM ----------

http://www.lathemaster.com/MT2COLLETSET.htm


are theese what i need then i can get tooling with those shank sizes and be good??
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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

Since you say it's a mill/lathe combo, I would assume that the spindle taper refers to the lathe spindle. #3 Morse is very likely the taper if you were installing a center for turning between centers. It sucks if the mill spindle is #2 Morse taper. That's fine for a drill press, but really limits your options on a milling head. The thread inside the spindle of the milling head sounds unusual. Maybe I'm missing something?
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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

theres a rod that comes out of the top with threads on it for the milling head.
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That rod screws into the collet and when tightened, it draws the collet and the end mill tight so there is no slippage in the machine.

Make sence ??

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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

Check your specs carefully because there's Morse taper and another taper. My old South Bend lathe has M.T. 2 and 3, while my 1980 imported drill press has #3 J.T., whatever that is. I tried to take the chuck off the drill press to compare the taper with my Morse stuff but it's jammed on so tight that the bearing started to come out of the quill. As Richard W. said, check further with Harbor Freight. Or maybe some pro machinist can tell us what J.T. is.
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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

i did some more research everything seems to be morse taper...

and yes the rod explination does make sense!

my question now is the link i provided earlier are those the doo dads i need?? i can figure out the tail stock stuff pretty easy its the milling head im having troubles comprehending. thanks all !!
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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

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Check your specs carefully because there's Morse taper and another taper. My old South Bend lathe has M.T. 2 and 3, while my 1980 imported drill press has #3 J.T., whatever that is. I tried to take the chuck off the drill press to compare the taper with my Morse stuff but it's jammed on so tight that the bearing started to come out of the quill. As Richard W. said, check further with Harbor Freight. Or maybe some pro machinist can tell us what J.T. is.
i think #3jt is jacobs taper.
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Default Re: Harbor Freight Mill Lathe

There are Morse Taper collet with threads instead of a tag but they can be hard to find/not that popular.

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