This is a very useful device for the small workshop - relieving the stress we all face when drilling small holes in the lathe at high speed! The attachment consists of a hollow Morse Taper shank supporting a ground ram with a small capacity chuck. The chuck supplied with this kit is a Jacobs unit with a nominal capacity of Ø1/4" - a very well made item, ideal for small diameter drills and taps.
A lever handle operates the ram through a linkage giving just over 1" of travel and offers lots of feel with miniature drills - something that is absent using the standard tailstock barrel. This attachment should reduce the occurrence of drill breakages as one can better monitor the drill's progress and quickly back the drill out to clear swarf. Tapping (up to 1/4"/M6) is also a delight since the chuck will self-feed once the tap engages with the job. The attachment can be rotated in the tailstock barrel to provide either vertical or horizontal alignment.
Along with drawings and construction notes, the kit contains the chuck, key and all of the necessary material to complete this attachment. Choose between MT2 and 3 to match your tailstock taper.