This past winter I was trying to build up my tool supply for my shop. (This is Maine and my shop has no heat) I found an add for a lathe on Craigslist. It was in my old stomping grounds about 50 miles north where I spent the first 19 years of life. To make the story short, I bought the lathe. (When they ask $40. for a lathe, you don’t try to dicker the price). Upon setting this up I noticed that the head stock center looked as if it had been beaten with a hammer. I took out the Dremmel tool and ground off the teeth where they were round over. I went to Sears with the Model # and looked it up in their system only to be told that they do not make parts for this lathe any more. Now, a lathe isn’t much good without the centers. About 2 weeks latter I woke up in the middle of the night. I turned on the light and woke up the wife and said, “The centers on a lathe are made with a Morse Taper. All I need to do is find out what size I need.” The wife was not as excited as I was! I looked up on the internet about Morse Taper and fount out how to measure for a MT1 & MT2. I had no idea how long it had been since these were taken out. It did take a while and a lot of work, Out they come. Now I knew for sure they were a Morse Taper #1. I went to Penn State Industries web site and ordered a 4-Piece center set for $39.95 plus shipping. They came and they work excellent. Now I can order a foceplate and a chuck when the time comes. I now have less than $100. bucks invested in this lathe and it is as good as new for penneys what a new one would be. I should have known when I bought it that most all lathes use a Morse Taper. Sears said I would need a new lathe where this one was no good anymore. So, If your lathe centers are bad, check to see if its a morse taper.
-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine