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Forum topic by Mojohn posted 11-09-2009 02:50 AM 8908 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mojohn

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11-09-2009 02:50 AM

I have inherited a Sears wood lathe, model# 149.23871. I have discovered that the cup center, cup center point & cup center ball are missing. Sears no longer carry these parts and show no substitution parts. Can anyone give me a place to look for replacement?


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#1 posted 11-09-2009 06:45 AM

Good luck. I have been looking for the entire live center with the cup point for a while. Found an entire tail stock on E-Bay and even it was missing the center.

Scrappy

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 04:08 AM

hi, i went threw the same deal
i misplaced the live center for my older sears lathe. so what i did was measure the thread pitch on the tail stock 3/4 16 and found a jacobs chuck on ebay to fit(10.50 with shipping) it is a half-inch chuck so it will take a morse taper#1 live center. found an ok #1 morse taper live center at www.woodcraft.com for 15 bucks and i am now back in business

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 09:22 AM

elrockk, Did you say your TAIL STOCK has 3/4×16 threads? That is the size of my head stock.(drive side)

The tailstock is 1/2×20? (fine thread) or mabey mine is different from yours.

Scrappy

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 04:04 AM

my mistake, yes it is 1/2 20 on the tail stock.but the 1/2 inch jacobs chuck will take a #1 morse taper live center

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 06:33 AM

Thanks Elrockk

Will check into that.

Scrappy

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 08:15 PM

My problem was solved at the local hardware store. Found a 5/16×3/4” bronze bushing, which fit inside the tailstock and a Vermont countersink bit that fit inside the bushing. Just enough play for a little beeswax. If I can find a ball bearing to insert, it would probably be even better.

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#7 posted 08-08-2012 04:24 AM

i have a complete working lathe model—149.23871 sears robuc co. i live in maine and am willing to sell for the right price—

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#8 posted 02-18-2015 08:03 PM

In case anyone needs the manual

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 05:31 PM

To elrockk, how do you keep the 1MT shank on the live center from wobbling in the 1/2” chuck?

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#10 posted 08-05-2015 12:24 AM

it holds it fine I just insert it all the way in and tighten all 3 chuck points a few times until I tighten it down no wobbles yet

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#11 posted 08-05-2015 12:47 AM

Have you considered having a machine shop make you one? I have this lathe as well and now I am thinking I need to be nice to those center points. No more hammering the drive piece into the wood.

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#12 posted 02-15-2017 01:57 PM

I have just come across this exact lathe and am looking to get it functional again. It seems to work ok, and everything is there except the center on the tail stock. Has anyone had luck making theirs or buying? It looks like that ball bearing is still inside. The headstock has what looks like a 4 jaw metal chuck. Do you think I would be able to keep that or need to replace it with something else? Thanks

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#13 posted 02-15-2017 02:38 PM

I have an old Sear lathe and was able to find parts that would work from Grizzly if I remember correctly. The trick was figuring out what the morse taper was and then looking for centers with that taper. Same with the headstock. figured out the threads and then ordered a 4 jaw chuck to fit.
The next item will be replacing the bearings in the headstock. They seem to have developed a bit of play after 50 years or so.

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#14 posted 02-15-2017 03:08 PM

Penn State IND. Has those style of parts…..

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#15 posted 09-14-2017 12:20 AM

I found this post on a google search. I have one of these lathes given to me years ago but never used. I started building fishing rods and want to use this lathe to turn cork on a mandrel. I need to convert this to a chuck on the drive end to hold it. All appears there except motor mount but we can make that. Where in the world do I get something to convert that 3/4” stub to hold a chuck with jaws. Keep in mind, I know nothing about this! Thanks in advance!!!

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