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A few years back, I picked up a 10x56 Sheldon lathe which came well-tooled and included a handwheel-style
5C collet closer. As handy as it was, I prefer the faster and more repeatable lever-style closer, and was
lucky enough to find one on eBay for a decent price. Eventually I got around to installing it, but ran into
one fair snag. A lever-style closer needs a rigid pivot point to work against in order to properly "lock", and
my particular machine had no place to mount such a pivot.
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