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    Machinery_E is offline Stainless
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    Default How to Mount Bridgeport Collet Rack?

    Looking at putting a collet rack here on the Bridgeport...and I can't seem to decide on the best location...I'm kind of leaning towards placing it on the rear of the machine, in fact the previous owner of the machine had a collet rack there, but it has been removed...and the ones I have don't match up with the holes that were drilled for it...plus when its bolted up to the machine, it will be on angle, something I don't like...I have both a Chinese one and an old time Graco Machinery collet rack...I would like to mount the Graco on it in keep up the theme of an all American mill-to match the American flag stickers on the head!

    So I guess what I'm asking is, where do you guys have your "die cast" collet racks mounted?

    Thanks!
    Eric

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    This don't help answer your question, but I made my collet holder and mount my collet collection like this.....sitting on a shelf on top of the Bridgy's ram:




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    Thats a really neat setup, thanks for posting! Always intersting to see the different options out there!

    Eric

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    Mine is sorta the standard way I've seen them installed. I had to slot the mounting bolt holes to fit the old screw holes because the replacement was a Chinese clone. Seems to work okay, though. It also serves as a mount for my Fogbuster coolant reservoir.

    Oh, and it may look strange because I have a 7" riser between the ram and the column.

    - Mike


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    I have my collet rack in a tool box. when you hang the collets on the side of the mill they are allways full of chips.

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    I ended up mounting it like in Mike's picture, on the side of the main casting..thanks for the ideas!

    Eric

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    Mine have been in a box in the top of my toybox for 19 yrs. (In order)

    I would not ever want to put the collets out where the chips and coolant and ... and ... are gunna git all over them.

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