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01-21-2018 04:52 PM

I have a 12” craftsman lathe. I would like to replace the dead center with a live center. Any help is

much appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-21-2018 04:58 PM

What’s the MT#? I buy mine from here…. https://www.pennstateind.com/store/live-tailstock-centers.html

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#2 posted 01-21-2018 05:31 PM

I don’t know , where would I find the mt#. Does the small spur remove and a live center go in that small space?

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#3 posted 01-21-2018 05:38 PM

Rusty is there a hole on the other side? I taking about the complete opposite end this would be to drive out the dead center. It should be a taper lock fit. At least that how my craftsman lathe works. If you need a pic I can take one this after noon.

-- Aj

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#4 posted 01-21-2018 06:24 PM

the spur is on the motor side ..and the tail stock center has a spur and threaded bar to tighten,, Does

the spur come out and a new live center replace it?

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#5 posted 01-21-2018 07:04 PM

I don t know , where would I find the mt#. Does the small spur remove and a live center go in that small space?
- rusty2010

Most likely a MT1 taper, but if you post your model number, that can be verified. And yes, the dead center should be removable (circled below):

You can probably figure out what taper you have (if you have one) by measuring. Here are the standard taper sizes: Dimensions of Standard Tapers

Easy to measure if you have a decent set of drill bits.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 01-21-2018 07:10 PM

The live center does not install into the headstock. Goes in the tailstock.
Bill

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#7 posted 01-21-2018 07:41 PM

Is this the style of lathe? http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/222/2875.pdf

If so then the piece circled by MrUnix should also come out. Use the through hole to twist out the center.

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#8 posted 01-21-2018 07:43 PM

Your lathe might be a but older then mine. Is this what your thinking.

-- Aj

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#9 posted 01-21-2018 08:25 PM

Whyme, the piece that mrUnix circled does come out . The model# is 113 23800

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