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#1 posted 06-06-2013 12:03 PM

From looking at your picture, wonder tools are sharp enough? Looks like you are forcing dull tools to cut. If alignment already pretty close try sharpening your tools more often. Let tool do the cutting, don’t force them.

Before checking alignment clean head/tailstock Morse taper. I use shotgun bore brush & shop vac.

I use a dead center in headstock and live center in tailstock to check alignment. Wish had two dead centers for alignment checks.

Tailstock has to be locked down, during this check. You can actually see tailstock move into alignment as you lock it down on some lathes.

If lathe bolted to bench insure all bolt have even torque before checking alignment.

Yes, OEM live centers not always the best. You can always buy a live center and use that in tailstock. That is least expensive op, over buying a new live center.

On your lathe could always loosen headstock hex bolts and try to bring it into alignment with tailstock if have a left or right alignment or add shims for height issue. Not big fan of shims on tailstock but they work too.

-- Bill

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