I just acquired a 14 X 40 Taiwan lathe with D1-4 Camlock.
It's still crammed in my van while I make a bench for it and figure out how to get it out of the van.
I'm hoping I'll love this Camlock feature, but I don't know a lot about it and need some info.
How good is the repeatability of the system? For the sake of example, if I true a workpiece in a four jaw to nearly perfect, and I remove the chuck, and later replace it, how close will will the piece still be to perfect?
I think I'd like to make some additional chucks, a 5-c collet closer and a ER holder, and maybe an R-8 holder. The sense in making these is lost if the repeatability of the system is not within a tenth or two.
I've looked at some drawings of the system and it looks like the chuck plate rests on a taper and a flat. Is that true, or does it only rest on the taper?
The spec for the taper is given in degrees, minutes, and seconds! That seems strange, is there a reason for this odd angle?
If the target of the design is for both the flat and taper to engage perfectly, that presents a bit of a machining problem for making a new chuck. Does anyone have any ideas for a procedure? The only thing that comes to mind is to make a gauge that is a duplicate of the lathe spindle end, and slowly increase the diameter of the female taper until the gauge flat barely touches the workpiece flat. ???
I'd hoped that someone had quick answers but it seems not.
So, I spent some time researching my questions. I found little using web searches but went to the re.crafts.metalworking site and found this:
Jens (p...@islandnet.com) asked what areas on a camlock spindle
faceplate or chuck are the seating surfaces. Subsequently Jens asked in
effect how the short taper on the spindle nose could provide central
if it's able to enter the tapered hole on the faceplate or chuck far
to allow the flat surface on the spindle nose and the flat surface on the
faceplate to be in contact with each other. This question occurred to me a
few years ago, so I bought ANSI B5.9 "Spindle Noses for Tool Room Lathes,
Engine Lathes, Turret Lathes, and Automatic Lathes" from American National
Standards Institute. It's all you ever wanted to know and more on the
As I understand it, the standard allows a maximum clearance of .002"
the face of the master plug gage and the face of the backplate or
(i.e. the face) for nominal spindle nose sizes of 3"-11". The minimum
clearance can be zero as long as the plug gage fits the taper hole
shake". Similarly the spindle nose is checked with a master ring gage.
for nominal sizes 5"-11" the maximum clearance allowed between the flat
of the ring gage and the flat front of the spindle nose is .002", the
is .0008". Maximum clearance for the 4" spindle nose is also .002", it is
.001" for the 3" spindle nose. Both these sizes are allowed a minimum of
.000", presumably only if the spindle nose taper fits the ring gage taper
hole "without shake". This publication also fully describes the master
The mounting is between tapered faces only, and therefore poses no particularly difficult machining.
The question of the strange angle is not answered.