Any of you ever made a quick release tailstock lock? I'm thing along the lines
of a camlock to replace the nut on the tailstock of my old Sheldon. Got
involved with a project that requires alot of MT2 too changes for each piece
and am looking for a way to speed things up
On my South Bend 10K, the tailstock kind of _is_ quick release. It only
takes the ~1/4 turn to release/lock. Throw the wrench to the right and it's
But, it sounds like maybe a turret would be better perhaps? There are
generic MT2 tailstock turrets from Enco.
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My Clausing 12x24" tailstock *should* have a quick release, but
doesn't. It (according to the manual) is a lever which cams a collar up
around the bolt, and is adjusted by the nut on top. To release, you
lift it up, to lock, you press it back down.
Unfortunately, that was long gone when I got it. Some of these
days, I have to make one to serve the function, as the hex wrench needs
to be disengaged and moved one flat (in addition to its free swing) to
go from fully locked to free to move. A bit of a nuisance. :-)
Or even better -- a bed turret, if available. My Clausing came
with a matching serial number bed turret, and no tailstock. For some
operations, that turret is a lot better than a tailstock -- especially
when making multiple identical parts from bar stock. I'm willing to bet
that Sheldon made one for your machine -- but finding one may be the
The turret has a separate stroke stop for each tool station, so
for repetitive part production, once you have it set up, you just crank
out parts all day, without having to worry about how far you are
cranking the turret each pass.
Note that my turret takes 1" cylindrical shank tools, but among
the things which I have acquired for it are some MT-2 sockets which fit
The one thing which the turret is *not* good for is holding a
live (or dead) center for turning between centers, as it has no
provisions for locking it at some point of its stroke. For that, the
tailstock is the better choice.