Internet Special for May 2017

Save 20% on any of our Live Centers for your lathe!
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About the Live Centers

A dead center (one that does not turn freely, i.e., dead) may be used to support the workpiece at either the fixed or rotating end of the machine. When used in the fixed position, a dead center produces friction between the workpiece and center, due to the rotation of the workpiece. Lubrication is therefore required between the center and workpiece to prevent friction welding from occurring

A live center is constructed so that the center runs in its own bearings and is used at the non-driven or tailstock end of a machine. It allows higher turning speeds without the need for separate lubrication and also greater clamping pressures.

These holders are simple to use. The holders are divided into two parts with flanges. These flanges are bolted together with two screws. The clearance holes for these screws allow the front to be adjusted in relation to the rear. The rear section has a witness mark (groove). This mark should always be located at the top so the holder is located the same way in the tailstock each time.

NOTE: The bearings are pressed in at the factory. Preload on the bearings is adjusted before the nose piece is installed. Once assembled, the Live Centers are not considered user-serviceable.

NOTE: In the event, we run out of a product offered on special, we may change the special or put the items on back order at our discretion.

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NEW! 1182PC Pool Cue Live Center – Regularly $88, Save $9.60, Now only $70.40 NEW!

We designed this center at the request of some of our customers who use our machines (or modifications of our machines) to make pool cues. They needed a live center with an extended nose, to give them room for their cutters. This would allow them to start cutting from the tip of the pool cue without needing extra material to hold onto.

Click here to watch a video of a billiard cue being turned on a custom-built Sherline lathe using the 1182PC Pool Cue Live Center. Video courtesy of Joel Hercek, Hercek Fine Billiard Cues.

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1182 Bull Nose Live Center – Regularly $84, Save $16.80, Now only $67.20

A live center is the best way to support the end of a long piece held between centers in a lathe, but sometimes the piece may have a hole in the end that is too large in which to index a standard live center. The bullnose live center will support parts or tubing with an open end as large as 1-5/8? diameter. Its solid steel bullnose center turns on two preloaded ball bearings. It is fitted with a #0 Morse taper to fit the tailstock spindle. Rather than turn a sleeve to size down a hole, this special live center can be fitted up in seconds when needed.

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1191 Standard Live Center – Regularly $42, Save $8.40, Now only $33.60

The Sherline lathe comes equipped with two dead centers that fit the headstock and tailstock. These centers are used for holding parts that are mounted “between centers.” This system of mounting work in a lathe has been in use for many years. However, since the tailstock center is held stationary and does not turn with the part, it is a point of friction and requires frequent oiling and attention. Also, because of thermal expansion caused by friction generated heat, the pressure of the tailstock center must be checked frequently. This is especially important for parts made from thermal plastic materials which have a tendency to soften and even melt as a result of the heat.

The Sherline live center is designed to eliminate these problems. The center is ball bearing mounted so that it can rotate with the part. This reduces wear and heat and makes machining much more pleasant. The sealed bearings are permanently lubricated and require no maintenance.

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1201 Adjustable Live Center – Regularly $68.25, Save $13.65, Now only $54.60

A live center is held in the tailstock of a lathe and supports the unchucked end of the work while allowing it to rotate easily on a bearing, as opposed to a standard “dead” center that does not rotate. If the point of the center is not in perfect alignment with the shaft, or if the center mark on the part is not dead-on, the part will “run out” (wobble), making precise machining impossible.

An adjustable live center allows you to precisely position the center point. The center is attached to one plate, while the shaft is part of another. Two slightly oversize holes in one side allow adjustment screws to be loosened, the center located and then locked down where you want it. In this manner, highly accurate centering can be achieved. If the ultimate in accuracy is your goal, the adjustable live center will help you achieve it.

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