A long time ago I bought a Yuasa 3-jaw chuck with 1½-8 backplate. It was said to
be "adjust-true" and yes, it had radial screws at the back of the sides of the
chuck body. I put it in a drawer and forgot about it. Yesterday I was going
through stuff and found it and took it out and looked at it. Nicely made, but it
only has THREE adjusting screws instead of four! I took the chuck screws loose
and tried tapping it around a little but it didn't want to move very much. So I
took it all apart.
Yup, had a deep central boss on the backplate which the radial screws bear
against, it's an adjust-true all right. I measured it and the recess in the back
of the chuck and WHASSUP?? within .002"! Why the heck would they make it that
way? Barely any clearance to move radially and only 3 adjusting screws, what
WERE they thinking?
Oh, well. Easy to fix. I took a cut off the central boss and a real light facing
cut across the whole backplate, now it's got room to move and should be dead
aligned to my lathe. Put it back on and dialed it in, a little weird with 3
screws instead of 4, but doable. Got it all fixed up, nice little 3-jaw, less
than .001" runout.
In the same drawer was a venerable Jacobs 18N which I recently got an R8 arbor
for. I remembered why I got it so cheap when I put the key in it - didn't fit!
The crown gear piece was too close to the hole! I got it for $10 a long time ago
off a table at some show. I just pressed the cover off a little bit, now it fits
perfect, nice Jacobs 18N chuck for the Bridgeport.
Back to work on the table hoist system I'm making for my 20 ton press ..
16 years ago