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Offline Dorsetmike

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Chuck or collet?
« on: September 27, 2017, 10:18:13 am »
Which do you use and why?

I've always preferred a chuck, I've tried collets but find I can't be doing with having to keep changing the insert to cope with different size bits; added to which the inserts are so easy to lose, you can never find the right size when you need it. OK so I may be an untidy and disorganised worker, but I fail to see any overwhelming advantage of collets.
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Re: Chuck or collet?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2017, 10:30:34 am »
Chuck.
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Re: Chuck or collet?
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2017, 10:31:10 am »
I ... find I can't be doing with having to keep changing the insert to cope with different size bits; added to which the inserts are so easy to lose, you can never find the right size when you need it.

But isn't that missing the point of collets? They're more reliable at accurately holding a given bit over a long period of time, so it can be used to do the same job over and over? If you're constantly changing the bit, then you aren't using a collet for what it's designed for?

I'm by no means an expert here though -- just dragging back stuff from my school days!

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Re: Chuck or collet?
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 11:06:06 am »
For the lathe or for the mini drill?
Well actually it doesn't matter, choose the right tool for the job  ;)
On the lathe it depends on the diameter and shape of the workpiece but if it fits a collet I always use one.
In the minidrill I always use the chuck for drilling. For end mills, slitting discs etc. I use the collets.

Edit: forgot to add that the bits vibrate a little when I use the chuck of my Dremel minidrill. Collets run absolutely true.

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Re: Chuck or collet?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 06:14:43 pm »
If its small hobby tools your using I guess its not that critical. But in general (Drill/Mill) a chuck is for drilling and Colletts for machining.  However it has to be pointed out that colletts are more accurate and grip the tool/cutter better and are less obtrusive than a chuck.

They are also used with lathes but this depends on the type of machining application, as more commonly the stock being machined is held in the chuck and not the tool, that is of course if a vertical milling table is not being used.


 

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