BTW, When there is no response, we end up talking to ourselves.
Woodnthings, I'm glad that someone responded, because, quite frankly, I was boring myself to sleep!
Do yourself a favor and if you just have the tailstock stebcenter, get the one that goes in the headstock also. The one I am talking about fits into your chuck so you don't have to take the chuck off to use it.
Mike, I got the one that has a number 2 MT so that it fits in the head stock. My chuck also has a 2 MT center so I could tread the chuck on to the head stock and use the stebcentre in the middle of the chuck. I never thought of doing that, but it's a great idea. Man, I'm such a newbie at this. The "clutch" is what I liked most about the stebcentre. Being fairly new to turning, I get a lot (and I mean A LOT) of tools catching. Especially when I am practising the skew. I like the way the stebcentre just turned in the wood without a violent catch. A little extra pressure from the tailstock and I was back in business. It was great.
I tried one. In fact I own one. Don't like it.
John, I'm sorry that you don't like yours. Fortunately for me, I love mine thus far. I guess that's what makes woodworking such an awesome hobby. For every one job, there are 10 000 ways to accomplish it and not everyone will agree on the best way. The key to learning, for me, is to listen to what others have to say, no matter how weird it sounds and then make your own choice from there, based on practise and levels of comfort. I hope that you find a use for your stebcentre one day and if not, there a guy in Canada that just loves them.
"finished pieces and blanks can be exchanged by backing off the tail stock, rather than starting and stopping the lathe".
Paul, I don't think that I'll be trying that
any time soon. Although I can see how it would be possible with the stebcentre, I'm also a firm believer of allowing all machines to come to a complete stop before getting your fingers, hands, arms or any other removable limb anywhere near it. Safety first kids (that's my public safety announcement for the day)
Thanks for the replies guys, I was starting to get lonely.