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    tmac1956
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    Has anyone tried these WW 8mm Chinese made collets? I just wonder how accurate they are… Here’s the link.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/WW-Size-Spring-Collet-for-8mm-Watchmaker-lathe-Select-/141117404263?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item20db40b467

    Thanks,
    Tom

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    david pierce
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    Tom,
    You don’t know until you try. Merlin is charging $15.00 apiece so if it turns out to be horrible you will be out $15.00. I purchased a lot of ER-11, ER-16 and ER-32 collets from Merlin, CTC and other Chinese suppliers and they were excellent. I would guess that these 8mm WW collets are excellent as well. I would start with a number 50 but pick a size and try it out.
    david

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    tmac1956
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    daivd:

    I bought a full set (minus a #1) of Starrets and only paid $12.50 each (only?). However, I might order a #50 as that is the one that I seem to be using the most so it wouldn’t hurt to get a backup.

    Thanks!
    Tom

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    david pierce
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    Tom,
    Did you get brand new collets from Starret? Which sizes did you get? Where did you purchase them?
    david

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    tmac1956
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    @david pierce wrote:

    Tom,
    Did you get brand new collets from Starret? Which sizes did you get? Where did you purchase them?
    david

    David:

    There was a guy on eBay who was selling them and they were new. I got most of mine through him, but at the end he told me that he couldn’t get Starrett to fill new orders. The remaining ones I got at a place called Twin City http://twincitysupply.net. Ultimately, I managed to get them all from #2 up to #80. It took a lot of effort, searching, and money but I finally completed the set. I never could find a #1, but I’d probably never use it anyway.

    I think this fellow still sells on eBay. I contacted him outside of eBay and bought them in quantity directly. Here is the link…
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Starrett-WW-Collet-42-New-for-Watchmakers-Lathe-NEW-8mm-Jewelers-Lathe-Size-/261361695727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cda5efbef

    Thanks!
    Tom

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