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    Lathe questions

    Hey Fellas,

    I recently got this lathe from an old man who was getting rid of his tools. It's a Beaver model 3400 series made by Rockwell.

    I think I've got everything I need to start turning except a live center for the tailstock.

    My question is this; Does anybody know if all live centers are created equal and anything I buy will fit or do I need to dig deeper to find something specific.
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    No, Yann, Live-Centers are not all created equally.

    You might get some good info from this thread:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=8552

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    Yann, here is the parts manual for your lathe...also the instruction manual and the operation/maitenance manual if you don't have it. Looks like it is a MT 1...that might limit what your options are?
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    Thanks for the reply Gord and also thanks for the link. I've seen LC's with different tapers how do I know which to buy?
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    So a #1 Morse Taper would mean a MT1 live center?

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    BTW Thanks Jeff
    Last edited by Yann Arbour; 04-03-2008 at 04:22 PM. Reason: Forgot to say thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yann Arbour View Post
    So a #1 Morse Taper would mean a MT1 live center?
    Correct.
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    Well that shortens the list of options considerably, Now I'll have to see if there's anybody in my area that carries something that fits in my budget that'll last a while.

    Thanks again for your help.
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    I would be surprised if that Rockwell/Beaver has a #1 MT All the Rockwells I have seen or used have a #2 MT (although I haven't used the Canadian version "Beaver") How big is the hole? How far can you stick your little finger in the hole. #1 is fingernail MAX #2 gets to the second knuckle. There is a more scientific and accurate method but as an old stand by guage...

    If budget is the primary factor, stay with a cup center and use soap as a lube. Worked for years for me. Or you can get a modest priced one from Craftsman that performs well and will last a long time. After you are accomplished at tuurning, you may want to venture into the more elaborate offerings. What you show is a fine and dandy machine and will serve you well and you can add an assortment of very good assoceries. Only draw back is the speed is adjusted by step pulleys. I have gotten used to them and see little advantage to Variable speed other than convenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    I would be surprised if that Rockwell/Beaver has a #1 MT All the Rockwells I have seen or used have a #2 MT (although I haven't used the Canadian version "Beaver") ...
    According to the manual Jeff found, it does look like it's a #1 MT.
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    Yann I think that is right a MT1. You are also going to have some problems finding accessories because the headstock is 7/8" X 14 tpi over the bed and 3/4" X 16 tpi outboard. So you may have to a adaptor to use a chuck or faceplate unless you have one or can find one.
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