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RussellAP

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532 days ago

I have a Delta 46-460 lathe with the live center stuck in the tail stock.

I can’t get it out.

I tried the spacer trick but it wont budge.

Do I have to hammer it?

Idea’s???

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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hairy

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#1 posted 532 days ago

It should eject when you retract the quill. Is there a through hole in the tailstock? Use the rod that you use in the headstock to knock it out.

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#2 posted 532 days ago

Same way you get anything with a morse taper out. Hairy pointed you in the right direction

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 532 days ago

All that does is knock off the cover, the shaft and bearing are still there.

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moke

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#4 posted 532 days ago

Russ,
I believe the rod to eject throught the headstock is too big, If I remember right, I have used a long chisel or a transfer punch and tapped it out. I do recall popping apart the live center doing this though, be prepared to catch bearings to reassemble it.

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 532 days ago

Moke, the bearings wont budge. The shaft is hollow and when I poke something in it, it just pushes the cover off. I can’t get a bite on anything from that direction. I may need a torch.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 532 days ago

You mean the barrel? If that is the case, put the barrel with everything in it in a vice and hit it with some heat (heat gun, not torch) and then tap it out.

Edit, just saw your last post. DO NOT TAKE A TORCH TO IT!! A heat gun on low is all you need

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RussellAP

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#7 posted 532 days ago

It’s actually the quill that is stuck in the tail stock. No way to approach this from the back end unless the guts of the tail stock come out that way. If the guts of the tail stock come out the back I can knock the quill out.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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REO

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#8 posted 532 days ago

two things to try

1 take the tailstock apart and put the quill in a vise with some hardwood blocks to protect it. thread the threadedrod back into the back of the quill without the tailstock housing and tighten. dont get too wild with it if it wont come loose
2 take the assembly out of the vise and with the screw still tight lay it on a bench. use a piece of flat steel on the exposed edge of the center. rap it smartly 90 degrees to the center axis of the quill. repeat same over again with more pressure and harder strike. it’ll come loose.

ok the post changed if you completely unthread the quill it will come out of the casting be sure the quill lock is loose. it may take some wriggeling but it will come out.

if it needs a little persuasion remove the crank and rethread the rod into the quill a few turns and use a block of wood on the rod to drive it out. once out you can remove the threaded rod and drive out the center. your tailstock rod is held in place with a snap ring on the inside it is installed prior to putting the quill into the casting once the quill is in the crank is installed to the screw. other lathes have a casting nut on the casting so the screw can be removed without removing the quill itself.

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 532 days ago

Tried all that and a torch. This thing is stuck, so second best is to buy a new tail stock for it. I dropped this one and blunted the point on the live center. I can get a new live center and take the cap off and use it on this one as long as I haven’t fubar the bearings with the torch. We’ll see.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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REO

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#10 posted 532 days ago

your choice

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Wildwood

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#11 posted 532 days ago

Last time had a stuck live center used penetrating or machine oil on everything to get things unstuck. Mineral spirits also works. Cuts down on beating things out. Did do some disassembly once oil made it lot easier to free up parts.

Bought one of these things many years ago and use every couple of months on both head/tailstock after using shop vac. Less expensive alternative is shotgun bore brush on a cleaning rod and shop vac.

http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/5/-/20/90/-/3651/TaperMate-Morse-Taper-Cleaner

Regular cleaning and few drops of oil will keep tailstock operational and rust free.

-- Bill

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 532 days ago

Well, I’ve reordered the center, the little pointy piece which is what started this whole thing. I can sharpen the other one to get by till it gets here.

I’m also ordering a new tail stock so I can use other stuff with it. No hollow stuff anymore, only solid.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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