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Old 09-10-2010, 04:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PSI 5 Collet chucking system vs PHD VISE

Ok can you give me your input PHD vise vs PSI Collet chucking system for drilling blanks I know price is almost equal but accurate? which one, delivery? which one, Pro-cons on each unit I like to get one just don't know which way to go, Thanks for all your input.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If all you are going to use it for is drilling then either will work well . The collet chuck is usable for a number of other things besides drilling . You can make entire pens with the collet chuck from drilling to facing (squaring the blanks) to turning the entire pen (with or without the mandrel) so I would suggest the collet chuck .

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Old 09-10-2010, 11:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have both. Several things to consider. Right now the waiting list for the vise is very long. The collet chuck, not so long. And Butch is spot on, there are a lot of great things you can do with a collet chuck!

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Old 09-19-2010, 01:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had ordered the PHD vise but turned it down when my name came up because I had purchased the pen blank drilling jaws
for my PSI Barracuda 4 jaw chuck
I had been drilling my blanks on the drill press with a PSI pen drilling vise. It worked great most of the time. I could drill 3 blanks and then the next blank would be off center or the drill bit would wander, next blank after that would be ok. After getting the pen blank jaws I have yet to have a blank turn out bad. Drills dead center and never had a blow out yet. I havent flipped the switch on my drill press for months. I also have the PSI collet chuck which has many uses.

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Old 09-19-2010, 11:23 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have both. I now drill on the lathe. The reason has nothing to do with the vise. My chuck on my drill press has so much wobble in it that the vise could not over come the faulty drill press. I suspect that might be true in other cases as well. Both work well when the other pieces of machinery work well also.
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Old 09-19-2010, 11:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Another option would be the Beal collet chuck
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have both and found them to be equally accurate and easy to use. The only difference is you can get the PSI chuck in a week or two where the vise takes a year or two. At least that was the wait when I got mine.
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Old 09-19-2010, 06:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It took about 9 months to get my PHD vise but it was well worth the wait. I prefer having a dedicated drilling station rather than changing my lathe around, my drill press is dead on and now with the PHD vise may holes are all dead on.
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