Removing point from live center

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Forum topic by kmetzger posted 10-02-2014 04:57 PM 1204 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2014 04:57 PM

I have a copy of the Grizzly G 0462 marketed in Mexico and want to remove the point from the tailstock live center to hold a 1/2” dowel. On the Jet lathe I used before, all I had to do was tap the point out with a rod through the hollow rear-end of the Morse taper. On this live center there’s a set screw. I loosened the set screw and tried to tap out the point from behind but it wouldn’t budge. Does anyone know if the point will come out if I pound on it hard enough?

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 06:24 PM

Kim—Just a WAG on my part (I don’t have this lathe), but I would say if there is a set screw, it must have been designed to come out.

I had a similar question recently about the spur in my Delta live center. I removed the set screw, shot some WD40 into it, than set it point down on a wood block and rapped the back side with a hammer and pin punch (I wouldn’t use a regular punch as it could mushroom the blunt end of the spur). It took a couple of raps to get it free, but now I can remove/replace it as needed.


-- 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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#2 posted 10-02-2014 06:48 PM

I don’t have the exact same lathe but my live centre had a set screw. It popped out with a little coercion from a mallet and knock out bar.

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 07:05 PM

I could be wrong but do not think you can remove the live center point looking at this manual.

Nova sells an inexpensive live center with different removable tips, sells for around $70 here unless on sale.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 07:35 PM

Thanks, everyone. I followed Gerry’s advice and a little WD-40 did the trick.

-- Kim, Ajijic, Mexico,

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