Fine or coarse thread in cast iron?

My 17" Drill Press has a slope between quill assembly and casting.
As someone suggested I can drill and tap a couple of holes in casting and put
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screws against quill assembly to take out slope.
My question is if cast iron will hold fine threads and won't chip out pretty
Will I be better off with drilling oversize hole and putting in some thread
inserts like HeliCoil?
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Coarse threads in cast - a good insert wouldn't hurt.Particularly if the bolt will be turned fairly often. *** Free account sponsored by *** *** Encrypt your Internet usage with a free VPN account from
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Usual practice is coarse threads, but unless you're talking about very small threads, use whatever is most convenient. Don't worry about a thread insert unless you'll be making constant adjustments, and even if that were the case, you can always Helicoil when the thread actually wears out.
Ned Simmons
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Ned Simmons
In addition to what others have said, at work the rule of thumb for threads in cast iron is to have the screw depth to twice that of the screw diameter. I.e. M5 screw should be 10mm in the cast iron. M24 should be 48mm in the cast iron. Adjust your counterbore to match your screw (if using SHCSs). Using this simple rule, I've never seen a screw pull out. The head is more likely to come off. You can do the math if you're interested.
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Robin S.
If there's a slope in there, maybe you should get him out and buy him an airline ticket. JR Dweller in the cellar
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JR North
Ned sez: "> Usual practice is coarse threads, but unless you're talking about very
Good reply, Ned. Also worth mentioning is another poster on this idea (Gunner I think) said the holes should be in a 120 degree pattern so as to achieve even radial distribution of adjustment.
Bob Swinney
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