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Forum topic by ScooterG posted 10-16-2019 02:42 AM 425 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2019 02:42 AM

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Just picked up a used lathe at an estate sale for $100. One the cheaper type with 36” bed, 4 speeds achieved by changing belts on pulleys, etc. The lathe came with a faceplate, but not a drive center with a spur for turning long, smaller diameter stock. The lathe has the screw type spindle on the headstock. Most of the drive spurs online are the taper type. Just learning how to turn so, this would be an inexpensive machine to learn on.

So the question: can a drive center with a spur be purchased for this machine? If so, any suggests where?

Edit- this machine does not have a taper headstock. The threaded headstock is solid. Not sure how to add pictures?

-- Scooter G Designs

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#1 posted 10-16-2019 03:52 AM

A brand and model number or a picture of the headstock at least would help.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 10-16-2019 07:37 AM

Picture or brand and model # helps. Many places to purchase the centers, chucks and assecories. Grizzly, Woodcraft, Rockler, Wood Turning association sites, etc.

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#3 posted 10-17-2019 02:11 AM

penn state ind. catalog and the z is used instead of s, all 3 are wood turning only catalogs web site and get them started.

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#4 posted 10-17-2019 03:10 AM

The spur center for most lathes has a #2 Morse taper If the hole through your spindle shaft is 5/8 – 3/4”, a drive center with that taper will work. Some small lathes might use a #1 Morse taper.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#5 posted 10-17-2019 07:22 PM

At a loss to understand whether your lathe has a Morse taper or plain solid threaded spindle (no hole)? Until we understand what you have unable to help you.

Finding a 2 or 4 prong MT 1 or MT2 drive center easy to do if spindle both threaded & hollow. If all you have a solid threaded spindle might be little more difficult. A chuck might be a better option.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 10-18-2019 12:44 AM

For that machine I don’t know, but threaded spurs can be purchased.

-- Rick M,

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