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Tapermate? Really? Tell the truth now

Discussion in 'Newbie' started by Jamie Straw, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. Clifton C

    Clifton C

    Aug 26, 2006
    Hampton Roads Virginia
    I believe he is talking about the green Tapermate as noted in this quote "but before I use that tool I clean both tapers with the tapermate".
    So, as I read it, before Tom uses the "steel double ended MT2 alignment tool" he cleans the morse taper sockets with the Tapermate.
    Sometimes what I'm thinking, saying and writing doesn't always come out right...o_O
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  2. Tom Hamilton

    Tom Hamilton

    Nov 4, 2009
    Southern Wisconsin
    I must not have been very clear.
    I use the steel double ended MT2 alignment tool AFTER I use the Tapermate (a green, spiral-shaped polyurethane "stick") to clean out those tapers.
    I was trying to explain when I use the Tapermate MT2 cleaning tool. Not the steel double ended MT2 alignment tool.

    Happy Turning - Tom
  3. Leo Van Der Loo

    Leo Van Der Loo

    Oct 13, 2016
    Rainy River District Ontario Canada
    No taper mate here, I make sure that the MT stays clean, first off I do not spray any finishes on the lathe if I ever use any at all.

    Every time I am going to use a MT in either the spindle or tailstock, I first blow through the MT, next the MT gets a dowel with a rag stuck into it and rotated, often the late is flicked on/off and the mandrel gets wiped with my hand before inserting with the flick of the wrist.

    Alluminium Tapers I would never buy or use, knowing how alluminium grabs other metals and gets scored, it is the wrong material for this and many other uses.

    And yes the oiled cork with a cap on it sits in my metal lathes tailstock, as I don’t use the inboard very often and the tailstock on it even less, so keeping it clean and rust free is a must.

    On the small lathe the tailstock is as often off of the lathe as on, the thing is prevention is the way to go, so I keep the MT and ways etc clean.

    In a drill press the mt used has a tang to prevent it from rotating and is used with pressure to keep it seated, on a lathe it is different, with say a jacobs chuck in the spindle and no tailstock pressure to keep it seated, a drawbar needs to be used.
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  4. odie


    Dec 22, 2006
    Panning for Montana gold!
    Note: When my tailstock is off the lathe, and not being used, I keep it in a 5-gal bucket with lid. That way it stays clean and dust free.


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