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rwe2156

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03-04-2016 11:37 PM

Finally getting around to a used lathe I bought.

Need a live center for the tail piece. Checking them out there are so many out there.

Which do you recommend for starters?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 11:43 PM

A live center is just a ball bearing with a point :) I don’t think you will find much difference between them… except for maybe the ones that have removable/swapable tips, which may or may not be an advantage depending on what you plan on turning. I just make my own, but that isn’t an option for many, and I use a dead center quite a lot as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 12:56 AM

Woodworker’s Supply has Woodtek live centers … I have one here at home and we have eight of them at the woodturning studio. Heartily recommend them!

http://woodworkerssupply.com/woodtek-live-center-2mt-mssu-159-164.asp?search=live center&searchmode=2

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 05:53 AM

I’ve been very please with the versatility of this one.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 03-05-2016 01:29 PM

I use this 95% of the time. I do have a cup style when needed, but it’s rarely needed.

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 01:58 PM



Woodworker s Supply has Woodtek live centers … I have one here at home and we have eight of them at the woodturning studio. Heartily recommend them! http://woodworkerssupply.com/woodtek-live-center-2mt-mssu-159-164.asp?search=live center&searchmode=2

- TheDane


I got a very strange page when I followed your link, saying that the site was closed down. Looks like you may have their old url
I was startled to think they were closing up ( they recently closed one store) so I went hunting and found this.
http://woodworker.com/woodtek-live-center-2mt-mssu-159-164.asp?search=live%20center&searchmode=2
Hope it helps.

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gwilki

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 02:22 PM

Oneway makes and excellent one. I think PennState has a similar model. I have the Oneway. With various tips, cone centers and the ability to reverse mount a bowl by putting my chuck on the live center, it’s very versatile.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#7 posted 03-05-2016 02:37 PM

Any live center will work as long as the bearing/bearings are still good. If you think you will need all the accessories that Rte66 linked, by all means, get it. If you don’t choose that one and still have that amount to spend, get 5 of the ones OSU55 linked to, and when one goes bad, toss it, get one out of your inventory and keep working. LOl

I can’t say which live centers are good or bad because ike Brad, I make my own. Unfortunately, I’m a cabinet maker rather than a machinist. The 17 live centers I made are off center by +-.002”. It’s not noticeable by bringing up the LC point to the spur point. It is noticeable when it’s inserted into the spindle and spinning it while holding the nose…. You might want to try that when you get your new live center.. It’s a good test. .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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TheDane

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#8 posted 03-05-2016 04:21 PM

I got a very strange page when I followed your link, saying that the site was closed down. Looks like you may have their old url
I was startled to think they were closing up ( they recently closed one store) so I went hunting and found this.
http://woodworker.com/woodtek-live-center-2mt-mssu-159-164.asp?search=live%20center&searchmode=2
Hope it helps.

Whoops! I uploaded a busted link! Thanks for catching that.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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LeeMills

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#9 posted 03-05-2016 05:04 PM

I use the same one that Steve (Rt 66) linked to, the Nova.
Three sets of bearings and very adaptable.
With the use of the “threaded center” insert you can use custom centers in the headstock as a friction drive and still have the live center in the tailstock. The Cup & Point insert can also be used in the headstock as a safety center.
I assume your lathe has a 2MT as that is all Nova makes IIRC.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

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rwe2156

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#10 posted 03-06-2016 10:18 AM

Thx I bought one similar to what OSU55 recommended to start out with.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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