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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-08-2013 04:58 PM 712 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2013 04:58 PM

My tail stock fell off my bench and blunted the live center. It’s a Delta 46-460.

I’ve called everyone in town and no one has one.
I made the mistake of trying to get a frozen live center out of my tail stock. It won’t budge and there is no place to get a good bite on it.

So it’s under warranty.

I called and the service center is going to see if anyone has one in the field anywhere in their company and give me that one. I also ordered an extra tail stock just in case.

No more hollow live centers.

Who knows how long it will take to come in.

I managed to put my tail stock back together and filed down the live center point, but the bearing growls.

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

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 05:19 PM

Sometimes it don’t pay to get out of bed. I hope that you can get your parts soon. This kind of thing is so frustrating. Good luck.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 05:26 PM

That darned gravity!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 06:44 PM

Did you ask them if could tailstock send back to them for repair? If have a local welding -machine shop in your area they may be able to help you.

I still think some penetrating oil and using knock out bar or proper size punch will let knock out the live center and free up tailstock mechanism. Either squirt or spray oil let soak, try to eject or tap out live center with knock out bar or punch. Simply remove hand wheel and locking handle to get oil in there.

When this happened to me on my old Delta, remember removing the hand wheel and tailstock locking handle to get oil in there. Used knock out bar to dislodge live center. Did not have a hollow live center on old Delta but do on Jet.

Culprit for me was over tightening tailstock to hold wood. Not only did that jam up the tailstock had to use lot of force to remove drive centers from headstock. Your next turning project should be a mallet to assist you with mild force.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 11:50 PM

The Delta service center called me back and said that both of the tailstocks will be in by Wed next week. She called all their outlets and asked the service guys and one is coming from TN the other from Wis. Talk about service. One is under warranty and the other I’m buying to have an extra with maybe a different kind of center, or just a spare.

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

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