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    hdehart
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    I just purchased an 8mm Boley Mini Lathe off of Ebay and I’m cleaning and repairing it. I will be working with clocks and this my hobby. I did not come with any collets. Are there any common sizes that I could start out with?

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    randy
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    I’m into watch repair..so I’m thinking that you are going to want to find some of the larger collets to start ( depending on the size of clocks you are planning to repair ).
    Maybe start with .30 and go up in size ?

    I’m thinking that you will eventually also want a larger lathe..a small “commercial” style but others with more clock experience can help you there..

    Best of luck..write back if you think I can help you somehow ??

    Randy

    P.S. I grew up in Idaho……now I’m just a bit outside of Spokane…

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    hdehart
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    Thank you Randy.

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    Anonymous
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    I agree with Randy on the sizes for clock repair. I would also suggest keeping your eye out for a 3 jaw chuck and some step collets. Bob shows some useful lathe tools in his lathe videos that are made from hardware store materials. I use them to accurately turn and polish pivots between centers which is most often what I use the lathe for.
    Hope this helps. Best, Phil

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    hdehart
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    Thank you Phil. Does the 3 jaw chuck fit in the same manner as the collets? I also have a tailstock and have been searching for the different applications it can be used for. Howard

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    torsion
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    Hi heart
    I know this may be a bit late but be careful what accessories you get for the Boley lathe because although it may say 8mm a lot of them have metric or imperial threat and other differences see below.

    Dell

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    hdehart
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    Thank you Dell.

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