Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Steb vice Prong & Dead Centers
Choosing a drive center should be about type of turning and wood you normally turn.
Steb and clone drive centers excellent for spindle turning. How much time they actually save is subjective. I have to stop lathe to inspect, remove and install spindle blanks so time saved would be minimal. Your mileage can and will vary.
Four prong centers also excellent for spindle turning, even if have to saw end before installing and hitting with mallet or dead blow hammer.
Two prong centers excel at not needing perfectly even surface to install and offset turning. Great for all between center turning whether working on spindles, bowls, and hollow forms.
Dead center can be used in either head/tailstock and provide lots of advantages other centers do not.
If can afford it get one of each, all have advantages and disadvantages. Still using same prong centers bought twenty years ago. Added a dead center five or six years ago.