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anyone ever tempted to make an axa qctp holder on the mini mill? Think it's capable? Maybe too heavy of a job for it? You can never have enough tool holders.
I'm sure your little mill can do it but with the cost of materials, cutting tools and time, I think it works out better to just buy the holders. With that said, even a little Sherline mill will cut tool holders so I'm sure you can do it if you're willing.anyone ever tempted to make an axa qctp holder on the mini mill? Think it's capable? Maybe too heavy of a job for it? You can never have enough tool holders.
Because Aluminum is more expensive and it would offer no real advantage for most users. For the hobbyist, its is a little easier to machine so that might be a good reason to use it.What are tool posts usually made out of? Hardened steel, no?
If it's comparable, why isn't it offered commercially?
I'm not slamming, I'm genuinely curious.
That's what I meant to say. I had purchased a QCTP for the mini lathe and it came with tool holders made of aluminum.They are usually made from steel, that is then either through or case hardened after the fact. The only thing the hardening does is make them more wear and impact resistant, it doesn't change it strength there any way.
You can in-fact buy small aluminum ones for 7x sized machines.
That's accusize. They're an hour from me. My whole qctp is from them, I have 7 or 8 tool holders. But come on, you always need more. The only complaint I have is the set screws. Cheap crap. I will change them one day, for now, I haven't stripped out the Allen hole yet.I have already picked up some steel from the scrapyard and bought a dovetail cutter....now I just need the time.
This working every day thing is for CHUMPS!
I have found some with "not terrible" shipping in Canada, but better prices by quantity than singles:
I cannot personally recommend them, since I have not tried them......but those links have been sitting in my ebay list for a while......
(they do show a drawing with dimensions in the listings, so be sure they fit your post!)
Please let us know which way you go and how it works out for you.
In a way, yes, if you can find some 7075 grade aluminum, probably in plate, it would make excellent tool holders. Just use the tool holders for those cutting tools not used often and it should last a lifetime. If you do wear one out, toss it and make some more..........................My shock here was with the idea of an aluminum tool holder. Just seems, wrong...lol
Pull the set screws, toss in the trash, and replace with socket head cap screws. May have to turn the heads down for those that fit too close to each other. Also face them off a little and you brave enough, cut a half dog point on them. Now you have a heavy duty set screw!........................ The only complaint I have is the set screws. Cheap crap. I will change them one day, for now, I haven't stripped out the Allen hole yet...............