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Tips for indicating drills in lathe turret?

Cole2534

Diamond
Joined
Sep 10, 2010
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
How are you guys indicating drills in your lathe turret? I can never get them dialed as well as I'd like and this can lead to a bell mouth hole in some cases. Let's assume they're twist drills being held in ER collets, 2 axis lathe with no live tools, attempting to get all 6 bores centers on x0.

I've tried indicating the turret bore, indicating the holder's taper, indicating a pin in a collet, using the tool probe with a pin and just eyeballing it. So far, the MK1 eyeball has provided the best solution being suitably accurate and fast but this doesn't seem like best practice. My attempts with the indicator never seem to be quite right (this probably means the turret needs aligned, but it turns straight). By not right I mean the drill point doesn't meet the center of the material.

The turret has 1.5" holes, bushings to 1" for the straight shanks on ER16 and 32 holders.

The drills seem straight when rolled across the surface plate.

The end goal is to set the 6 round tool positions X0 and only change the Z0 as I swap tools. Perhaps this is unreasonable?

Thanks crew.
 

Scruffy887

Titanium
Joined
Dec 17, 2012
Location
Se Ma USA
Sweep them all and write it down. That's what I did 23 years ago for my first lathe. But 3rd lathe was last year. Guessed at the number and adjusted the program to make good parts.
But my needs are very different.
 

sinha

Stainless
Joined
Sep 25, 2010
Location
india
For setting X0 for a drill, one method can be to touch a known diameter from the side of the drill. The X position of the drill would be workpiece dia plus the drill dia.
 

Orange Vise

Titanium
Joined
Feb 10, 2012
Location
California
If the turret is misaligned, the X position of the drill tip will change depending on the length of the drill. Doesn't matter if it turns straight; that just means the Z-axis rails are aligned, and those usually stay straight even in a crash.

Sweep the turret in Z and see what you get.
 

Cole2534

Diamond
Joined
Sep 10, 2010
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
If the turret is misaligned, the X position of the drill tip will change depending on the length of the drill. Doesn't matter if it turns straight; that just means the Z-axis rails are aligned, and those usually stay straight even in a crash.

Sweep the turret in Z and see what you get.
Could you elaborate on how to do this? Which faces are you sweeping?

I bet this has some hints. Will watch it in the AM....
 

Fancuku

Cast Iron
Joined
Dec 7, 2018
I always bore after I drill so I never cared about indicating drills. I drill at least .05" less than the finished bore diameter.
 

DouglasJRizzo

Titanium
Joined
Jun 7, 2011
Location
Ramsey, NJ.
If indicating the turret holders is not producing a decent "zero" in X then turret alignment and even the holders themselves should be thoroughly checked.
I swept all of mine in and they drill straight on. The Turret is dead on also, as were the holders.
Many machines have locator pins or shoulders for the turret holders, make sure these are in good shape too.
 

Ox

Diamond
Joined
Aug 27, 2002
Location
West Unity, Ohio
I just run floating holders.
You guys can spend your days indicating if you prefer.


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camhead420

Aluminum
Joined
Nov 22, 2019
I just run floating holders.
You guys can spend your days indicating if you prefer.


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Ox
I have used a floating reamer holder, never for a drill. Is this pretty common?
 

Cole2534

Diamond
Joined
Sep 10, 2010
Location
Oklahoma City, OK
If indicating the turret holders is not producing a decent "zero" in X then turret alignment and even the holders themselves should be thoroughly checked.
I swept all of mine in and they drill straight on. The Turret is dead on also, as were the holders.
Many machines have locator pins or shoulders for the turret holders, make sure these are in good shape too.

I don't think it's "common".


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Ox
Mind elaborating?
 

Ox

Diamond
Joined
Aug 27, 2002
Location
West Unity, Ohio
I have floaters that go up to 1" capacity at least, but I don't think that an insert drill is a good application for floating, nor does it need to be dead on C/L either.

I have insert drills that go to over 3", and have never used a floater on those.


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Skubeesnak

Plastic
Joined
Jan 14, 2014
Location
Utah
I have loaded a adjustable boring head in spindle then put homemade undersized tool reducing bushings in tool holders and finish bored them in the turret. you will have to have set screws that go thru the bushings on one side tool grip on 1.0 shank and tighten them on opposite side to the bushings.
 








 
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