Do Lathe Operations on the Bed of Your Mill

RapidTurn from Tormach securely positions parts in 15 deg increments for secondary work on the primary spindle of the mill, which is ideal for cutting wrench flats or drilling cross holes on turned parts without additional setups.
Chucks: Articles

Stick to the Story

Check out how a special dual contact stick turning toolholder developed by Briney Tool Systems eliminated the need for one shop to re-engineer their catalog of lathe stick tools.

Beat the Competition on a Budget with this Entry-Level ‘Automation’

The way we machine parts has changed significantly over the years. Now it’s time to change how we think about workholding too.  

How Shrink Fit Chucks Fit Single Blade Applications

See why Starrag uses shrink fit chucks so their rotationally symmetric clamping body has less interfering contours and higher run-out accuracy when roughing and finishing hard-to-cut materials used for highly precise turbine blades, impellers, blisks and other structurally complex parts. 

Hard Turning on a Magnetic Chuck

Green or hard turning on a magnet is becoming more accepted as an alternative for lathe chucking, particularly for rings which are vulnerable to deflection.

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Chucks: Industry News

Kitagawa North-Tech Hires Senior Manager

Shaun Thomas will be instrumental in managing all design, engineering, and manufacturing processes.

SCHUNK Opens Service and Technology Center in Houston

Their new Houston Tec-Center is fully equipped for process demonstrations, application support, and repair or service.

Kitagawa-NorthTech Opening New Facility in Mexico

This new office and warehouse facility in Queretaro will initially provide local sales and service, then later they will warehouse and stock an inventory of chucks and other workholding products.


Chucks: Products

Full Grip Jaws Securely Hold Workpieces for Virtually Any Application

Available to mount either manual or power chucks, full grip pie jaws from Dillon Manufacturing reduce distortion and provide more drive friction during turning operations.

Accurately Measure Workholding Grip Force in Machine Shops

The Digital Grip Force Analyzer Software and Kit from Kitagawa North-Tech allows users to easily, accurately and quickly analyze and measure grip force performance of their CNC lathes and turning centers via a desktop PC, laptop or tablet so that they can identify and correct any gripping force issues that exist.

Advanced Workholding for High Precision Grinding and Fast Changeover

Ideal for the precision grinding of crankshaft and camshafts, SRG Steady Rests from SMW Autoblok clamp diameters from 12 mm to 136 mm.