Anything in the world that spins has a little problem. This problem has many names, but in machining we call it runout. No mechanical system spins perfectly. Runout is the amount of inaccuracy in spinning mechanical systems. Runout is caused when the turning tool or shaft isn’t in complete alignment with the main axis. While it may be a common problem that doesn’t mean it is a small problem. Frankly, it is a huge problem. Thank goodness it is easily solved with a collet wrench.

TIR Measures Runout

When the drill chuck can’t hold the bit dead center, it turns on a secondary axis as it rotates. This is secondary axis is runout. Total indicator runout (TIR) measures concentricity to determine runout. Runout refers to the spin in a specific location. To measure runout, press a dial indicator  against the rotating part as it turns. A dial indicator amplifies all variations. Through amplification, these variations become large enough to see with the unaided eye. The dial indicator takes any deviation from concentricity and makes it large enough to detect and measure. That’s crucial for accuracy because you can’t adjust what you can’t measure. Measure what you can’t see is hard. But, if you can see and measure deviations, you can adjust for them.

How to Correct Runout on a Drill Press

Before you make yourself crazy, start with the basics. Sometimes all  you need to do to correct runout on a drill press is simply clean it. Just fully open the jaws and use compressed air to blow them out. Just a single speck of debris in the jaws can cause runout.  After cleaning, verify that the drill rod is true. Check the runout on the spindle and check the bearings on the spindle. Either causes runout.

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How to Correct Runout on a Brake Lathe

Correcting runout on a brake lathe means taking care of the arbor. You must periodically inspect the arbor and spindle for rust or metal chip buildup. Use fine steel wool and a little WD40 to clean the arbor. Stay away from sandpaper and wire brushes. Removing metal only makse the runout worse. Check the spindle bearings. When the lathe is properly set up and the arbor is good, this is most likely the runout source.

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Use a Collet Wrench to Protect Your Collets

Preventing runout is easier than correcting it.  Collets that are too lose or too tight produce runout. Runout will also damage the collet over time.

Use a collet wrench to tighten all three jaws evenly. Just slip the  prongs into the collet top. Turn the wrench to thread the collet using the right amount of torque.

So stop runout and get a collet wrench from The Tool Company

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Get a Collet Wrench

The Tool Company collet wrench has a concave face. Enjoy perfect alignment the first time every time.  The heft of the tapered handle is comfortable. The bright orange handle stands out. It’s easy to find this wrench.

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There’s a common problem with everything on earth that spins. In machining, we call this problem runout. It’s the inaccuracy of anything  that spins. That’s because the tool or shaft doesn’t turn with perfect alignment to its main axis. It’s a common problem. But, it’s also a huge problem. For 5C collets,  a simple collet wrench solves the problem.

TIR Measures Your Accuracy

Are you accurate? When your drill chuck can’t hold the drill bit in the center, as it turns, it turns on a secondary axis. Meet runout. Total indicator runout (TIR) measures the concentricity of the collet. It’s how you measure  accuracy and runout. Just place a dial indicator against the rotating bit. The tool amplifies all minute variations, enough for you to see them with the naked eye. Basically, it is a magnifier. It just makes the very slight deviation from true concentricity big enough for you to see and measure. You must measure to make adjustments. That’s because you’ll never adjust what you never measure. Naturally, you can’t measure what can’t be seen. Once you can see and measure, you can adjust.

Correcting Drill Press Runout

Try something as simple as cleaning. Open the jaws  and blow out with compressed air. Just a small bit of debris could be the cause of the problem. Then check the drill rod and verify it is still true. Take time to verify the runout on the spindle as well as checking the bearings on the spindle.

Correcting Brake Lathe Runout

Taking care of the arbor is taking care of  runout.  Every once and awhile, check the spindle and arbor. Look for metal chip buildup or rust. Clean your arbor with fine steel wool and some WD40. Don’t use sandpaper or a wire brush. Removing metal makes the runout worse. While you’re at it, inspect the spindle bearings. When the lathe is properly set up and the arbor looks good, this is probably the runout source.

Use a Collet Wrench and Protect Your Collets

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, the simplest way to correct runout is to prevent it. Runout happens with collets that aren’t properly tightened. Runout can ruin the collet.

Use a collet wrench to tighten all three jaws evenly. Just align the prongs into the collet. Now simply turn the wrench. That threads the collet in the machine.

See, its easy. You didn’t do it because you didn’t know. Now you know. So, what are you waiting for, a collet wrench? That’s easy too.

Get a Collet Wrench Today

Where do you get a collet wrench? How about here! Meet the 5C collet wrench from The Tool Company.

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See the concave face? You get perfect alignment every time the first time. That large tapered handle is easy to hold and the bright fluorescent orange is easy to find. It really stands out in the shop.

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Edgar Cayce was an American psychic. He fell into a deep trance and began to make predictions. Someone gave him the name the “Sleeping Prophet.” He said many things while he was in this sleeping state. Did he say anything about the collet wrench? Maybe he did!

Dealing with Difficult Relationships

Cayce predicted that difficult relationships would arise. He counseled that these difficulties are an opportunity to grow in this life and the next. You just need a tool to help through those difficult times. Could the tool he recommended be a collet wrench?

Face it, you probably have a love/hate relationship with your mill. Sometimes everything sets up right and sometimes setup gives you a fit. But with a collet wrench in hand, you get just the right amount of torque on the collet for the best hold. Maybe Cayce prophesied the difficult relationship you can have with your collets and saw the collet wrench as a tool to help.

bridgeport mills use r8 colletsThe Gasless Motor

In reading 4666, Cayce predicted the electric motor that powers mills and lathes today. Honestly, when is the last time you had to add diesel to your machine?

You will have before you the gasless motor invented

Now granted, Cayce did live until 1945. That was plenty of time to see electricity and electric motors become commonplace. Wonder if while he was dreaming of motors that ran without gas if he dreamed of the lathes and mills operated by these motors? If so, surely he knew that the collet would be the preferred method of tool holding, and collets need collet wrenches. This means he must have predicted the collet wrench!

5c collet wrenchGet Your Collet Wrench – The End is Near!

Cayce predicted that cataclysmic events would change the face of the Earth forever.  On August 11, 1936 he asked about changes that might happen with the start of a new millennium (2000 or 2001). He responded

When there is a shifting of the poles a new cycle begins.

Well that’s been about 17 or 18 years. There are scientists that believe that about that time, the North and South Poles started to shift. No joke. It’s happened before. They say when it happens, its bad.

So just in case he was right, you should probably get your collet wrench now. That way you have time to use it before the end is near. Cayce didn’t prophsey about where to find a good collet wrench, but if he had, he would have said The Tool Company.

Cayce appreciated quality. He’d predict the best quality collet wrench would be made in the USA. Even then, he was suspicious of goods made in China.

Get your Armageddon-proof collet wrench from The Tool Company now. The design made by Sierra American Multi-systems has a concave face that aligns perfectly. The handle is sturdy, durable and easy-to-find. So, follow the lead of the sleeping prophet and buy your collet wrench today.

*Edgar Cayce didn’t really predict the collet wrench. His dictated prophesies while in a trance and many of them were so vague you can manipulate them to mean almost anything. Most of the predictions in this blog are pure fiction. But CNC machining is based on hard physical science. You need serious equipment (tool tray, saw arbor, collet wrench) like you find at The Tool Company. We’ve made what you need when you mean business.

January can be kind of a cold, dreary and dull month. The holiday season has passed and life settles back into a routine that can almost feel like a rut. So, let’s spice things up with an impromptu celebration. Let’s recognize American manufacturing and the collet wrench. Why not?  January needs some life.  The economy is up. We see signs  of growth in American manufacturing as well. Since your collet wrench is a tool that makes your life easier and your balance sheet healthier let’s celebrate it as well.

5c collet wrenchCelebrating the Collet Wrench

Time spent tooling isn’t time spent on machining. You want to work as efficiently as possible. A collet wrench makes you a quick change artist. Remove 5C or R8 collets from the nose of your mill easily and quickly.  You’ll get just the right amount of torque.  Collets have low runout (natural deviation caused by spin of tool). Runout is costly. If you want a healthy bottom line, you must find ways to control runout. Decrease runout with collets, and decrease wasted motion by using a collet wrench. Sound simple? It is! Grab your  collet wrench and celebrate.

Celebrating American Manufacturing

While you are celebrating, don’t forget the American manufacturing economy that continues to recover. Forbes predicts continued growth for 2018 and even more gains in 2019. Changes in tax laws has many companies repatriating dollars to the US. That’s certainly something to celebrate. Growth will continue in the oil and petrochemical sectors. If you machine parts for these sectors, the future looks bright.

Need to purchase new machinery? 2018 might be a good year. Because capacity utilization is low, it’s a great time to shop equipment. Its a good time to shop financing as well.

American manufacturing is making a comeback and The Tool Company is proud to play a supporting role. We sell the collet wrenches, saw arbors, multistops, and tool trays you need. Everything we sell is also made in the USA.

So, don’t let January get you down. Create something new. Try a new technique. Celebrate little things like your collet wrench and big things like a growing economy and the resurgence of American manufacturing.

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