Best Live Centers

Updated November 2020
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The center of a lathe is crucial for getting an accurate position on a workpiece. A live center is one that has a revolving bearing so the tip can spin with the workpiece. Compared to a dead center (one that does not turn), a live center doesn't need any extra grease or oil for lubrication. The tip can spin at high speeds and maintain its accuracy without any difficulty. This results in a more accurate lathe that will keep the workpiece balanced as it turns around. High-end live centers will have high-quality barings that create a near-frictionless spinning point for many uses.

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