3C Collet Headstock includes 1″ spindle wrench (shank and collet not included, shown for reference only)
About the 3C Collet Headstock
Many of our customers have requested a lathe with the capability to produce square and hex head screws when used with a Bed Turret. They have also requested a spindle and collet that would allow larger diameter stock to go through the headstock. With the 3C collet, our customers can now hold stock up to 1/2″ diameter in round, hex, and square shapes.
We designed our 3C Collet Headstock to be interchangeable with our standard headstock. The centerline height is the same. The mounting system is the same. Therefore you can easily switch from any of our other headstocks to the 3C headstock.
The 3C Spindle is electroless nickel plated to aid in rust prevention, and to increase the surface hardness of the spindle for durability.
We made the 1″ spindle wrench (P/N 30129) to go with the headstock to tighten and loosen the collets. The wrench is in a size range that will allow you to exert sufficient force without exerting excessive force. It is also in a size range that will make it easier to handle (than a standard 1″ wrench) when you are tightening and loosening the collet.
A hole for a rod is provided for use as a stop to control cross slide saddle movement.
A Lathe/Mill Headstock Spacer (P/N 97-1297) will be needed to raise the spindle height to the center height of the Bed Turret.
If you wish to use a chuck with the 3C headstock, you can purchase (P/N 97-10670) which is our 3C to ¾-16 chuck arbor. All of our 3 and 4 jaw chucks with a ¾-16 thread will fit on this arbor.