These centres are safe, secure and offer greater versatility and accuracy than the usual two or four prong drive centres. The centre features a spring loaded, stainless steel centre point and a sharp toothed outer ring which provides the drive. The Axminster Evolution Series Pro Drive is unique in that you can vary the spring tension. There are numerous advantages when using this drive. Repositioning your work is accurate; the work always goes back in the same place. They are safe; reduce the pressure from the tailstock and in the event of a dig-in the work will simply stop revolving. Reducing the tailstock pressure further allows you to stop the work and inspect it without switching off the lathe. In production, the centre allows unloading and reloading by unwinding the tailstock without stopping the lathe. When used for eccentric turning, the centre will still drive even if its full diameter is not in contact with the work. Available in 1MT or 2MT.
13 March 2017
DisappointingVery disappointing. Suitable perhaps for medium-hard woods, but in soft wood the teeth are too small to grip & in hard woods they will not penetrate, even when whacked. In both cases application of a roughing gouge very soon makes it slip. Fewer, larger & deeper, teeth might be an improvement. Back to the 4-prong drive.
19 January 2016
Evolution pro driveHave used this type of drive centre for years, so when I bought my new Axminster 1416vs lathe I also added the Evolution pro drive to my order. I have to say it is very good and especially with the adjustable spring. If you have only ever had a two or four prong drive before then you will be delighted with the Evolution pro drive, it's worth every penny. Being a production turner myself it's a must.