View Full Version : tool holders for Taig mill?

chris in ottawa
07-13-2007, 02:43 PM
This is my first post here. I am thinking about purchasing a benchtop CNC such as the Taig for home use (it seems to be quite reasonable). I have a large VMC at work with a tool crib of 30 ISO40 tool holders. If you buy a Taig mill is there a way to have this set-up with the tool tip offsets stored and a quick release on the spindle? This ER16 appears to me to be just a small collet system. I don't want to dial in the tool before I run a sequence. That would be a real pain. I saw a web video where the small machine had a red collar that the guy appeared to click up to release the tool holder and pulled down to lock it in place. What's it called?

Stepper Monkey
07-13-2007, 03:10 PM
You were probably seeing the "rapid toolchanger" for the Taig made by this company: http://www.hightechsystemsllc.com

You can go with a system like that, or you can just use endmill holders. Instead of the ER16 collets that fit inside the spindle nose, the outside of the spindle nose is threaded as well, maybe 3/4-16 or so I think. There are endmill holders available for a few bucks each that you mount your mills into, and the the holder then threads on to the Taig.
Works the same as the rapid toolchanger, they just spin on and off instead of being quick-release. They are a lot cheaper though and the supply of holders doesn't depend on only one intermittent source for supply.

Even when using the ER16 system, you can keep index on the smaller tools as well. You can get little aluminum shaft collars from hobby R/C plane places and lock them onto the tool up against the collet with the little setscrew. You can then consistently remove and replace the tool and still keep index.
A little hokey, but it works, and a pack of a dozen collars are like four bucks.

08-29-2007, 11:51 AM
Stepper Monkey - do you have a source for the endmill holders that thread onto the outside of the Taig spindle nose?



08-31-2007, 03:41 PM
you can buy them from these guys, they're $18.50 each


you can also buy them from Sherline, they're nicely made and cost $30.00


good luck.

08-31-2007, 07:40 PM
Just for others' information, I've also subsequently found them at the following two locations: