I built a rear toolpost of my own (one big ugly lump of continuous cast square CI bar) to accommodate a standard Iscar indexable carbide parting off bar. It has a fence on it to ensure it gets aligned properly and I can mount it in less than a minute.... As a result I'm never tempted to try and part off from the front tool because "it'll take too long...." This has led to an end of what could be a fairly traumatic time each parting operation..... indeed for a while I was making short batch production runs (200 or so at a time) of 6mm and 10mm stainless pillars for the company I work for and during that time I've probably done more manual parting operations than most ME's my age.... I'd recommend indexable carbide to everyone for parting, the Kit-Q-Cut is a good tool but the same thing can be sorted out for far less money by buying an Iscar or Sandvik parting off bar and making the post to fit it..... chrisc > > > > > > > > Over the years, parting in the lathe was NOT sweet sorrow - what with > > dig-ins, breaking of tools, spoiling of work etc etc. > > Until I bought a Kit-Q-Cut parting tool from Greenwood Tools. It does > > exactly what it says on the box! Problem solved! I can now part at > > speed to the full depth of the tool, without any problems. > > It has a small tungsten carbide tool inserted into a vertical plate, > > narrower than the tool. > > > > I hasten to add the usual comment that I have no connection with this > > supplier, other than being a satisfied customer. > > > > So, if parting is sweet (or other) sorrow, here is you answer! > > > > Cheers! > > > > Hubert. ________________________________________________________________________ This e-mail, and any attachment, is confidential. If you have received it in error, do not use or disclose the information in any way, notify me immediately, and please delete it from your system. ________________________________________________________________________ MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.