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Thread: Time for a new spur drive... What to get?

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    Time for a new spur drive... What to get?

    My spur drive was on its last leg..
    And then I dropped it this morning and the thing broke.. (it was a cheap one to begin with)...

    So now im in need of a new one. Which brings up the question..
    I don't want another cheapo, i'd like to do it right this time.

    Should I get a 2 prong? 4 prong?
    Should I go for the gusto and get a Sorby Steb Center?

    Any thoughts/opinions?
    Last edited by Rich Tota; 11-04-2008 at 11:24 AM.

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    Check the PSI catalog and go for the Sorby knock-off. I have one and it is just fine. Prices are fine also. My next center purchase will be one that locks into the chuck. Handy and saves a lot of changing around.
    http://www.pennstateind.com/store/he...e-centers.html

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    I have a couple of the PSI centers that Frank mentioned, and have been happy with them, especially for the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Check the PSI catalog and go for the Sorby knock-off. I have one and it is just fine. Prices are fine also. My next center purchase will be one that locks into the chuck. Handy and saves a lot of changing around.
    http://www.pennstateind.com/store/he...e-centers.html
    Yeah, I was thinking of the chuck style just for ease..

    Is this the one you're suggesting? http://www.pennstateind.com/store/LCENTQC1.html

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    I have the 1" and 5/8" Super drives and have great luck with them. They really work well. Rich I didn't have very good luck with the one you are asking about in your last post. Maybe it was my chuck but it just didn't work for me.
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    Woodcraft has some drive centers on close out sale.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=5082

    Stebcenter 1/2" Diameter, #2 MT
    #145519 Price:$67.99
    Close Out:$28.99

    There are larger stebcenters marked down, but not as deep of a discount.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=3841

    1" Dia., Two Spur Center, #2 MT
    #142181 Price:$25.99
    Close Out:$6.79

    The two-prong drive center would be good for face grain turning. I don't think you would want to use it for spindle turning as it would easily split the wood.

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    Thanks all, I appreciate the help!

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