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Sadly, Jeff at Tools for Cheap is closing up shop. I need to buy an AXA wedge and a few holders. Who has the best value these days?

Also, what is the largest AXA toolholder size for square tooling?

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CDCO is ~$120.

As far as I know, 1/2" is the max.
 

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I found that an Enco Phase II with at 20% coupon and free shipping was very close to the price of the cheaper imports. You just have to wait for the coupon to arrive.
 

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With a 10 inch lathe, can I go up one size? I have a lot of 5/8 and 3/4 tooling
 

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Also, what is the largest AXA toolholder size for square tooling?
As Mike said, standard AXA capacity is 1/2" but they make an oversized tool holder that takes a 5/8" tool bit called the AXA-1S. Just be sure you can still get on center with larger tools.
 

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has anyone tried a BXA on a Logan 10? I hope to get a Heavy 10 or 12 inch one day and don't want to re-tool
 

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The folks over at DroPros recommended this one to me when I bought my lathe
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOSTAR-AXA-...309441?hash=item3f4a3ad5c1:g:qawAAOSwd0BV1Ubd

Probably a better deal than the $120.00 one since it comes with extra tool holders.
I have one, and so far I am more than happy with it. It required really minimal cleanup, and is pretty consistent when I swap tools back and forth.

BXA is too big for a 10". The AXA is just small enough for my 11". I would not bother with tooling bigger than 1/2" unless you have a stash of tools that size already. You will run into problems getting it on center. Besides, 1/2" tooling is already more rigid than a small machine to begin with, you do not gain much from 5/8" tooling. If you really need one, it is only an hours work or so to put make one from scratch, and yo can make sure your tool will actually be on center.
 

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That's today. What do you think the number is going to be in 19 hours?

As it is a piston type probably not much more. I got mine with 1 holder for $35.00 shipped to the door. That is the only piston type I would of bought.
 

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I started out with a AXA on my SB heavy 10'', and when I got my SB 13", I got another AXA tool post just so I could use the same tool holders. I made a spacer plate for under the tool post to bring the center height up the same for both lathes.
 

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Shars sells a 250-101 XL for an AXA toolpost that takes a 5/8" tool bit.
 

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has anyone tried a BXA on a Logan 10? I hope to get a Heavy 10 or 12 inch one day and don't want to re-tool
To see if your intended tool post will fit your lathe you need to check the dimensions given on their website. First of all you need to know the vertical height distance from the top of the compound slide, where the tool post will sit, to the center line of the lateh.

Then you need to look up the dimensions fro the tool post you intend to get and they will show the minimum permitted height, that is the largest tool post you can fit. If you fit anything above this size you will run out of vertical height adjustment and not be able to get your tool on center.

Some people have got around this by machining some metal off the base if the tool post and or the base of the tool holder, this is not recommended, although you can get away with it if the amount you remove is very small.

You will find that there some variation between brands of QCTP, so you need to check the one you want or look at others to get the right fit

For instance I was told to get an AXA for my 1216 lathe but when I measured it up, it was just enough for an Aloris BXA, so that is what I got. With some tools I only have about a 1/16th or even 1/32nd to spare but that is enough. With the BXA I can use up to 16mm or 5/8 tools.
 
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