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    Live Center Question

    i have a jet 1642EVS lathe.........im looking for another live center for the tail stock......the pseudo one that came with it is a bit weak so i wanted another one........it is MT-2 taper...........anybody know where i can get a good one with bearing at a good price ???
    Thanks Dan

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    I have the oneway livecenter. I love that thing. I am ordering another one for my Jet 1220. This one is 3 yrs old and no problems. I would definitely look at this one for a 1642.
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    Aside from the one that came with my 3520, I have a set like this that I got on sale a couple years ago for about $35. It has worked fine for me, and the assorted tips have been handy. My next live center will be the Oneway, though.
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    I have the Woodcraft version of the one Vaughn linked to that I would be willing to part with. I prefer the OneWay that I have. Or the other two I liberated from the scrap bin at my old job. With the OneWay you can turn custom tips out of the UHMD stuff to use instead of the factory ones. Jet has a knock off of the Oneway fairly reasonable.

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    I also like the Nova live center system
    http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...a_center?Args=
    It is very versatile; you can attach a special tip with the stud. I paid $100 for mine several years ago without the reversible cone (it was an additional optional then). It is now $68. I think they are made in China now; Nova passes along some of the savings to us. Considering the Oneway was also $100 at the same period; now it is $121. The Nova is holding down the inflation.
    Gordon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Aside from the one that came with my 3520, I have a set like this that I got on sale a couple years ago for about $35. It has worked fine for me, and the assorted tips have been handy. My next live center will be the Oneway, though.
    I have that set and use it constantly.. but mine was a little more than $35 at Woodcraft.. I switch it back and forth between my Jet 1442 and 1014.. works in either.
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    You can have my Woodcraft one for $40 and I pay the shipping. I keep going back to the Oneway.

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    live center question

    I got two of em at PSI for $19.00 ea an they work great.

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    Get one from a machine tool source. They are made with hardened steel and last much longer. The economy live centers made for wood lathes are pitfully soft, regardless of price or make.

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    I have the Nova center and I like it very much. I think it is one of the best buys on the market like Gordon said. I have used the Oneway it is nice and also works very well, but I like the Nova just as well. It is cheaper, and in some ways I think it is more versatile.

    Good Luck

    Alan

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