Lee Valley live center

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Forum topic by Mark posted 01-25-2019 08:44 AM 496 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2019 08:44 AM

Does anyone have or tried the Lee Valley medium duty live center? I’m referring to the #2 taper, “B” in the picture. If so, what’s your thoughts.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-25-2019 08:29 PM

Cannot really comment on B. #2 MT med-duty live center your asking about other than looks lot like many imported centers sold here. Have no idea on postage rates for you from here in US, and prices and quality all over the place. So looks like you found a good one.,330,49238

-- Bill

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#2 posted 01-25-2019 10:05 PM

Got no experience with the Lee Valley one, but if the picture is accurate, it looks a bit short… that is, the distance from the tip of the point to the widest part of the body is not that much, which makes it harder to get a tool in when needed (like when cleaning up the foot of a bowl held in a jam chuck).

The ZLive, Nova and other similar 2 and 3 bearing centers seem to have a bit more extension:

(And appear to be a bit cheaper by a few bucks as well)

But that really is picking some nits… pretty much all of them will perform the same. I actually made one a while back, since they are really pretty simple devices. Just need an MT adapter that fits in a bearing, and then you can make as many ‘covers’ as you want for the bearing depending on need. I use recycled milk jugs to make pointy ones, cupped ones, and even flat ones that you can use without making any marks on the turned piece.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 01-26-2019 12:25 AM

I have one. Works fine. There are always situations where even the finest tool can’t do a particular job. p.s. I have 3or 4 others as well. The Nova set is quite versatile. Stuff just seems to accumulate in my shop.

-- Member Valley Woodturners Ottawa. Member AAW

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#4 posted 01-26-2019 02:29 AM

Long nose live centers are the way to go. They can be had from Z-Livecenter online. The nose on some are over 1 5/8” long, and are supposed to be accurate to .0005” which is way too accurate for woodturning. The have just about any configuration you might want, and some of the prices are better than the woodworking places.

98% are made for metalworking, but they work just as good for woodturning…........ ........... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 01-27-2019 01:53 AM

Looks identical from the one I got with my metal lathe from house of tools. Works well for me

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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