Our miniature live revolving centre with a 22mm diameter head and twin bearings is also of the extended nose form, for two reasons. Firstly, tool access is most important when turning very small items and, secondly, the 90° nose has far less tendency to act as a wedge when small or open grained timbers are used, greatly reducing the chance of splitting if the tailstock is over tightened.
1 June 2016
Revolving live centreI purchased one of these last Sept and in May this year it came apart, contacted Axminster and they sent me a returns label to enable me to send it back which I have done. I would add that in the details section it states twin bearings I only had one in mine so not sure how that works however apart from it coming to pieces it was working well.
7 January 2015
Really useful addition for turners of miniature projects & bowlsI bought this mini live center about 6 months back, and now wouldn't be without it! I make lots of miniature pieces and find it really useful to be able to get into the wood at the tailstock end. The point is really sharp and narrow, and along with the "twin taper" shaping, also makes it very useful for small bowl turning in "green" wood. With this also being longer than the "standard" live center that came with my midi lathe, if I need to have the tool rest between a bowl blank & the tailstock, it provides more reach/space.