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No and no , but I would think you could find a er 40 collet chuck collets and backing plate that is less expensive with specs on runout
 

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Not familiar with the vendor, but the price doesn't seem too out of line of it is a quality chuck and collets.

My Beall ER32 collet chuck was $160 with 5 collets, add another $38 for two additional collets and it would be almost $200. There is a little more going on with that one due to the backing plate mount.
 

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These are specs I would look for: set-tru type adjustment, at least er40 size, through hole at least 1".
To register the backing plate within 2 or 3 ten-thousandths may not be that easy.
I also would be looking for a runout claim of .0002 or less.
I am not sure ebay vendors care or understand that you need that amount of precision.
 

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I haven't used that particular collet adaptor but I've bought several things from Joel, both original Atlas (like a 12" Tailstock Turret) and that he made (like a vertical head for the Atlas mill. I've found him to be reliable and a good machinist.

I won't comment on the price but I think that some of you are being unreasonable and/or too picky about the whole subject. He lives in the USA, not China. The only reason for using the more expensive ER-40 collets and having a 1" through hole in the chuck would be if you needed to machine a lot of short parts larger than 3/4" diameter. I don't know of any lathe with a 1-1/2"-8 spindle nose that will take more than 3/4" through the spindle. Anything larger than that would make for a fragile spindle.

He obviously can't honestly quote any runout specs because he has no control over the precision machining abilities or lack thereof of a buyer. If the buyer totally botched that job and didn't come close to the quoted specs and wanted to make the seller eat it, eBay today would gladly let him. I haven't encountered an eBay employee since about 2008 smart enough to be capable of understanding why that would be obviously unfair.
 

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I've purchased a few things from Joel in the past and have not been disappointed. He's always been a pretty straight up guy to me. My ER25 collet chuck is one I bought from his store (MyMachineShop) and it works for what I do. I don't think he offers it any more though, it was one that threaded directly onto my 1-10 spindle. As for the particular one being referenced above, I can't speak to it.

-frank
 

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Thank you all for your replies. I think I might try it. If I do, I will post some thoughts.
 

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Tomw, did you buy it and use it yet?
 

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Not yet. I'm dealing with a sick pops-in-law, so no shop time for a few more weeks.
 

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Sorry to hear that. I hope he has a speedy recovery.
 

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Thanks.
 

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Not familiar with the vendor, but the price doesn't seem too out of line of it is a quality chuck and collets.

My Beall ER32 collet chuck was $160 with 5 collets, add another $38 for two additional collets and it would be almost $200. There is a little more going on with that one due to the backing plate mount.
Aaron are you happy with your Beall collet chuck I have been thinking about that for a while , but I also just got a big chunk of stock to turn one out of If I get caught up around here
 

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On my list of projects is to make my own ER32 collet chuck with a 1-1/2 x 8 thread to fit on my lathe's spindle. I have a nice slug of 12L14 just waiting to be turned into something useful.
 

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The Beall tools are designed for woodworkers/turners, hence the collets have threads for the common wood lathes.

I have a Beall 1 1/4in x 8 tpi tap which I purchased to make wooden chucks. Good quality tap. At the time I did not have a metal lathe. I have used the tap to clean up metal chucks which were single pointed on the metal lathe.
 

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Aaron are you happy with your Beall collet chuck I have been thinking about that for a while , but I also just got a big chunk of stock to turn one out of If I get caught up around here
Yes, it has worked well for me. I've mostly used it for holding endmills on my Sherline mill. I don't have experience with any other brand to make a comparison with, but I have no complaints with it. It was specifically recommended to me by Mikey so he may be able to comment on why he prefers the Beall vs a generic ER32 chuck.


Dave is correct, it is marketed towards woodworkers, but the chuck is available with a variety of thread options, including one threaded for Sherline machines by name, so they must know there is interest beyond woodworking.
 

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Another ER collet option for the Atlas lathe is from Tall Grass Tools. $160 for a fully machined holder, no collets included. Anybody use one of these?
 
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