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Live center recomendations

I have a Delta 46-460 lathe. The live center has some wobble in the bearing already after only 3 - 4 months and I want to get a good quality live center to replace it. The Oneway live center is nice but I feel it it to long (over 3") for a midi size lathe. I was looking at the Multi Star brand sold at the Sanding Glove. This center looked shorter and would not take up so much length like the Oneway. Does anyone have the Multi Star live center or could you make any recomentations?

https://www.thesandingglove.com/Wood...ng-Centers.asp

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I have been turning with this one for over 5 years and have no complaints. http://penturnersproducts.com/index....c8e3828264fe10
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I use the Nova and it works very well and is easy to make custom ends for.
http://novatoolsusa.com/NOVA-Live-Ce...ystem-5015.htm

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I'm a huge fan of the Nova live center. I've had mine for over 10 years and no problems. The cool part about it is the removeable centers are short #2 morse tapers. This makes it very easy to make your own custom adapters for all sorts of things. My favorite is my sphere turning adapter.
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John...does the taper fit in your Powermatic OK? I read in a review of the Nova live center that the MT was to short to work on the Powermatic and the Delta midi. See below:

"The shaft is too short to allow seating in a Powermatic and Delta Midi lathe. The Nova repair center said it will only fit Nova lathes and the company is working on the problem. I'v had mine for over a month and the problem hasn't been corrected. This product has great potential and I don't want to return it if a fix will be coming soon. Make sure it will fit your lathe before purchasing".

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Works perfect in both lathes. Also the short morse taper fits in the headstock which makes it even easier to turn custom adaptors for the centers. I have the powermatic center which is a copy of the Oneway. I still prefer the Nova.
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Thanks John, I'll certainly take a look at the Nova at the local Woodcraft.
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Works perfect in both lathes. Also the short morse taper fits in the headstock which makes it even easier to turn custom adaptors for the centers. I have the powermatic center which is a copy of the Oneway. I still prefer the Nova.

Wellllllll Doggie... I have had my Nova center for a couple of years and never even thought of using the short points/center without the live center part. Maybe the short points/centers is what someone mentioned being too short, not the live center itself with the normal length 2MT?
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