Organize and Protect Tools with R8 Tool Holders
Have you already given up on the resolutions you made in January? Don't worry. February is still a good time to get organized. Get your R8 tools and collets together. Get them straight and get them in R8 tool holders and life will be good.

About the R8 Collet

Bridgeport developed the R8 taper for the milling machines they manufactured. Use is simple. A drawbar goes through the spindle to the top of the machine and prevents loosening. Insert tools with an R8 taper directly into the machine spindle. Place the collets (tool holders) directly into the spindle and the tighten the drawbar into the top of the collet. The R8 system is used with collets  18″ to  34″ diameter. This is not new information. What is new is the way you are going to keep those R8 collets organized and protected. Enter the R8 tool holder tray.

Protect Your Collets and Protect your Tools

The collets you use regularly should stay in good shape and rust-free. Those collets that aren’t often can get rusty. Humidity control is the best rust preventative. Use fans to circulate the air in the shop and reduce humidity and moisture. Shop fans don't work if they aren't turned on. So, shop fans should run constantly. Heating and air conditioning affect temperature and humidity. Try to avoid wild temperature swings. You can't control the weather outside, but you can control the conditions inside. Drastic temperature changes cause metal to sweat. So, even if you close up shop for a week in the summer, keep the fans on and the AC running. If you don't, the metal in the shop will get warm. when you turn on the AC it will cool and the metal will sweat. Constant temperatures are the best metal anti-perspiration. Apply a light coating of oil to protect collets that aren’t used regularly. Don’t use a heavy-duty oil or you will spend too much time cleaning it off. Breakthrough CLP is protects more than just gun metal. Store your collets in a heavy-duty R8 tool tray. The Tool Company sells a heavy duty R8 tool holder that is made of high-impact plastic that will not rust and it will not cause rust on your expensive tooling.

R8 Tool Holders are Kind to Your Tooling

R8 tool holders protect your tooling and keeps it organized. So, whether it's a 30, 40 or 50 taper you've got plenty of room. Steel stamped R8 tool trays can damage your tooling; high-impact plastic will not. Store your tools in a tray that is American built and American strong. Like everything we sell at The Tool Company, our tool trays are made in the USA. Don’t trust your tools to cheap, foreign made trays from inferior materials. Get a tool holder that is backed by a full 5 year warranty. Order your R8 tool holders today and get organized in 2018.
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