This is a great idea I first saw Geof publish over on CNCZone a long time ago. I got thinking about it again as I was taking my 5C closer on and off my Tormach lathe.
Softjaws with the right ID profile make a fine 5C collet closer…
I’m already set up with a nice lever activated 5C closer, but if you didn’t have such an arrangement, the soft jaws are a cheap and cheerful way to get some 5C collet work underway.
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