Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

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Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by John Evans » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:10 pm

As I said last week in the General I decided to spend some money and get a Miltifix setup for my 12" lathe. Placed the order 1-12 and the order showed up today 1-18 moving right along from China via DHL. It hit my door at 3PM and was on the lathe by 4PM.
The post and holders seem well made and sloted together nicely . I took a trial cut of .060 depth of cut and everything did what it was suspost to do. Two things I did notice ,one none of the tool holders have the V groove like you can get with the Aloris style to hold boring bars, I think I will see if I can cut a groove using a carbide cutter. If not I have a narrow diamond wheel that I can use on my surface grinder. Two: The parting tool holder does not have guide pins on the movable clamping piece like the Genuine Swiss made one does. I'm going to see if I can make some improvement there.
Bottom line given the price difference between the Swiss or German made tools I'm well satisfied, enought so that I ordered 3 more holders tonight. Pictures show what I received today and a comparison to a AXA post that this stuff is replacing.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by RSG » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:40 pm

Nice John,

The tool holders look nice but are they expensive as I'm up to 26 at the moment.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by John Evans » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:21 am

Here is a link to Create tool, most of the "A" series holders are in the $32 range.
http://www.createtool.com/index.asp
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by Harold_V » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:51 am

Unless you don't mind destroying your diamond wheel, lose the idea of using it on steel. That is not acceptable, as diamond is dissolved by steel at high temperatures (like when you grind). A CBN wheel would be satisfactory, as would an aluminum oxide wheel.

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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by John Evans » Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:41 am

Ah ! Thanks Harold !! That fact is known to me but got lost somewhere in the clutter of my so called brain.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by BadDog » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:32 pm

That happens to me all the time.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by ctwo » Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:44 pm

John, did you see this holder: AH2085?
http://www.createtool.com/article.asp?id=57

Oh, never mind. I see it right there in your photo. That is the one for boring bars, then?

I suspect you will be having a sale soon ;)
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by spro » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:11 am

JE. I was torn between knowing that you wouldn't recommend this system if it didn't work and comparing its benefits to the other. I was thinking how "pins" could be the ultimate holder then see it is a series. These multiple concentric areas impart a grip. I'm still trying to understand how the tool holder is restrained and the index function.

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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by redneckalbertan » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:13 am

There are splines around the tool holder and matching splines on the tool holder that stop rotation.

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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by ctwo » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:24 am

It seems there is an eccentric that forces the clam-shell grip around the outside to pull the tool holder against the splined tool post. The splined contact area is large so the force would be spread out over that large area and would seem to provide a very rigid mounting.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by John Evans » Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:11 pm

Yep the hex head on the right end of the post is an excentric,rotating it pulls the 2 clam shell halfs to lock the holder to the post. You can see the pins on each of the shell halfs that engage with holes on the holders. Does not take a lot of force to lock things up very tight.
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Re: Review of Multifix Toolpost from Create Tool.

Post by Splat » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:34 pm

Sorry to necropost this guys. I'm looking at the Create Multifix clone for my 12x36 G4003G. John, how's the "A" series size working for you? I'm trying to decide which one to go with...A series or E series. Lastly, after all this time would you recommend the Multifix setup? Thanks.

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