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Mini Mill Tooling

1 Introduction
2 Tool Holding
3 Drill Chucks
4 Holding End Mills
5 Drawbars
6 End Mills
7 Work Holding
8 Vises
9 Clamping Kits and Accessories
10 Setup Tools
11 Special Operations
12 Surfacing
13 Boring
14 Cutting Curves
15 Indexing
16 Tooling Packages
17 Spare Parts Kits

Holding End Mills

You can use collets or end mill holders to hold end mills. The world is split about 50/50 on which is better. We will give you the arguments for both sides and let you decide.

Collets End mill holders
Collets End Mill Holders

Collets are shorter than end mill holders and so give you more vertical work area.

End mill holders are longer than collets and so let you reach nearer the mini mill's table. 

Collets grip the end mill all the way around and so provide a better grip.

End mill holders have a set screw that bears on the flat on the shank of the end mill and so ensure that the end mill cannot slip.

Collets are more concentric than end mill holders because they grip all the way around the end mill's shank.

Because they fit the end mill closely end mill holders ensure concentricity.

Collets are less expensive than end mill holders and so can be replaced when they wear out.

End mill holders are more robust than collets and are less prone to wear out.

It's fun juggling an end mill, a collet and a drawbar all at the same time.

It is easier to replace an end mill in an end mill holder because the end mill holder can remain in the spindle.

Options for Holding End Mills

Part
Number
Product 3MT Spindle R8 Spindle

1604

Collet Set, R8, Set of 6

  X

2030

Collet Set, R8, Set of 11

  X

 

Collets, R8, Individual Sizes

  X

1615

Collet Set, 3MT, Set of 7

X  

1948

Collet Set, 3MT, Set of 11

X  

 

Collets, 3MT, Individual Sizes

X  

1258

End Mill Holder Set, R8, 5-Piece

  X

1636

End Mill Holder Set, 3MT, 5-Piece

X  

 

End Mill Holder, R8

  X

 

End Mill Holder, 3MT

X  

 

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