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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2009, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Can't get Live Center Out

Have a Rikon with the tail stock that came with it. I can't get it out for the life of me and I don't want to bang on it. I used the punch thing but that just knocked out the point and the live center is stuck in the tail stock. Help!

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2009, 09:13 PM
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CE,

I don't have a Rikon nor have I had this problem, but everyone says their support is great. Have you tried to call them?

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can't get live center out

I have had my Ricon for three yrs now,it was my 1st lathe.I have never had that problem,but like said already those folks are great to deal with.So just give em a buzz and they will take care of you.Sorry I couldn't help out there,but I don't want to tell you to do something that could break something.
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No worries, I got it. Put 2 Bolts in between the live center and the tail stock and cranked it in towards the tail stock and it popped right out.
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You shouldn't need the bolts, it retracts to a point and if you apply a little more pressure it will release. It's in the manual.

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Ditto what Slatron25 said.

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On rare occasions I've had lathes with self ejecting centers that refuse to let go. Your afraid to put that much pressure on the tailstock handle. In those cases I put a suitable wrench around the quill feed and then crank the quill in until the wrench is trapped between the live center and the tailstock. Then a light leverage action pops the live center right out.
In a worse case scenario (I'm talking old lathe that's been sitting forever) I apply liquid wrench and let it sit overnight. Then a twisting motion along with the leverage will almost always work. I use vice grips on the non moveable part of the live center.
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On rare occasions I've had lathes with self ejecting centers that refuse to let go. Your afraid to put that much pressure on the tailstock handle. In those cases I put a suitable wrench around the quill feed and then crank the quill in until the wrench is trapped between the live center and the tailstock. Then a light leverage action pops the live center right out.
In a worse case scenario (I'm talking old lathe that's been sitting forever) I apply liquid wrench and let it sit overnight. Then a twisting motion along with the leverage will almost always work. I use vice grips on the non moveable part of the live center.
Yep, that was the situation. And I did something similar to what you described.

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