Collets & Collet Holders
This article gives a basic overview of the function and uses of collets, how to install them in collet holders, and finally their installation in the Haas CNC mill.
- A collet is a subtype of chuck that forms a collar around an object to be held and exerts a strong clamping force on the object when it is tightened.
- Reliable traits of collets include:
- Fast chucking
- Self centering
- Strong clamping
- Resistance against being jarred loose
- Precise centering
- Collet blocks allow collets to be used in conjunction with machines, specifically lathes or in the vises used with mills. They are a larger hexagonal or square piece of metal, in which the collet is able to slide through and be fastened at the other end.
- R8 collets usually fit into the machine taper itself (i.e. there is no separate chuck). R8 was developed to allow rapid tool changes. R8 collets have a keyway to prevent rotation when fitting or removing. R8 collets are internally threaded.
- 5C collets were developed primarily for work holding. 5C collets have an external thread at the rear for drawing the collet closed, and so work pieces may pass right through the collet and chuck.
Mounting Collet in Holder
Locations in Shop
- 5C collets can be found near the bottom of the cabinet across from Russ's office.
- R8 collets used in the manual mills can be found underneath the rolling tables next to the mills.
- R8 collets for use in the CNC mill can be found in the red cabinet near the CNC mill or under the rolling table next to the mill.