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08-21-2018 02:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: live centers drill chucks drill chuck arbors

Years ago when I was pursuing my Live Center Steady invention, I purchased a live center from this business
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter to use as the prototype for my invention. What I noticed was they had long noses on a lot of theirs as apposed to woodturning LC’s having very short noses, I patterned all my 17 live centers I made with long noses, and determined all woodturning live centers should have a long nose for ease of getting in as close to center for cleaning up the area around a tenon or recess.

I’m not affiliated with Zlivecenter. My only contact with them was years ago for one live center. Their site came up on my homepage today, so I thought I would share their link for those who might not be happy with their current LC, or even the ones other places sell. Their selection is extensive, and some of the prices will cause sticker shock, but they have some relatively inexpensive that would compare to woodturning LC’s but have that long nose…Again, I have nothing to do with them other than having been a customer back around 2011. Good place to deal with …............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com


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#1 posted 08-21-2018 07:56 PM

When shop wood turning vendors won’t find things like accuracy, load rating or max RPM listed which might seem minor to some but thought very important many years ago. Bought one from Grizzly almost twenty five years ago made in Taiwan for around $35 including shipping. Still using it on my Jet and the OEM LC that came with the late gathers dust. Today same or similar LC would cost me over $100 or more.

Like Jerry posted, a long nose LC would be very handy at times. My solution to not having a long nose live center was to turn a dead center out of wood before buying one. Still use it now & then and yes they burn wood as I turn if don’t watch it.

While not in the market for new LC, but if was would definitely take a look at these.

Triple ball bearings or type bearings, accuracy, max load, & max rpm very important info.
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/S07002MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/L03002MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/L06006MT2

These might be more popular with many wood turners that need multiply tips. Similar to Nova, OneWay, Robust live centers.

https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/07012MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/07016MT2

Gee Jerry you just full of good info!

-- Bill

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#2 posted 08-22-2018 01:56 AM



When shop wood turning vendors won t find things like accuracy, load rating or max RPM listed which might seem minor to some but thought very important many years ago. Bought one from Grizzly almost twenty five years ago made in Taiwan for around $35 including shipping. Still using it on my Jet and the OEM LC that came with the late gathers dust. Today same or similar LC would cost me over $100 or more.

Like Jerry posted, a long nose LC would be very handy at times. My solution to not having a long nose live center was to turn a dead center out of wood before buying one. Still use it now & then and yes they burn wood as I turn if don t watch it.

While not in the market for new LC, but if was would definitely take a look at these.

Triple ball bearings or type bearings, accuracy, max load, & max rpm very important info.
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/S07002MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/L03002MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/L06006MT2

These might be more popular with many wood turners that need multiply tips. Similar to Nova, OneWay, Robust live centers.

https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/07012MT2
https://zlivecenter.com/mt2-livecenter/07016MT2

Gee Jerry you just full of good info!

- Wildwood


Yep, Bill, that’s me, just full of ….... Hehehe ............. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 09:11 AM

Good links Jerry and Bill. By the way Jerry I use your Live Center Steady invention anytime I want to remove the tenon or work on the bottom of a bowl.

-- Mike,North Carolina

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#4 posted 09-20-2018 03:23 PM

Hot damn!!! Finally, some public feedback on my invention without having to twist an arm. Thanks, Mike..

Are you dressing up any of your bottoms with features, or are you just turning them to remove the tenon? I did another yesterday that has a finial in the pedestal foot. I’ll post a picture a little later today. Gotta take them first….. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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