New Product – Introducing the Elio-DR, a drawbar ready version of the original!
The use of the drawbar with the Elio-DR Safe Drive allows for safer operation as a faceplate without tailstock support.
All three standard Elio Safe Drives have been upgraded for the use of a drawbar. Standard 1/4”-20 threads have been added with a threaded insert machined out of solid steel for strength and durability.
See this post for details about the Elio-DR: https://woodturningtoolstore.com/introducing-the-elio-dr/
Use our drawbar or make your own.
The drawbar is 1/4”-20 threaded rod covered with LLDPE tubing that has superb stress-crack resistance and remains flexible and durable in a temperature range between –103°F to 120°F, which means it will withstand any shop environment. The tubing is in place to protect the inside of the hollow lathe headstock spindle. Both the rod and tubing can be cut to custom lengths for any lathe with a minimum of 1/2” diameter through bore.
The cone helps center the rod in the spindle to reduce rotational whipping. The two wing knobs are used for locking together to screw the threaded rod in and out of the Elio-DR threads.
There are also three other holes in the round plate and using three #10 or #12 wood screws to fasten onto your work piece so as to make this truly into a face-plate. Of course, this option would facilitate removing the machine screws and retracting the central pin, although this is a good locator point when you are finding the center of the work. The standard Elio drive requires that the tail stock with a live center to be used, however, when using the Elio-DR with a drawbar the tailstock can safely be removed out of the way while turning.
The adaptability in the adjustment of all three spurs and the conversion to a face-plate, make this the most versatile, safe and user-friendly drive center on the market today. Especially true for the Elio-DR with a drawbar.
Still the same high quality, all steel versatile drive center with a #2MT (Morse taper), finished in black zinc plating to resist moisture, especially when turning wet green wood. This drive center has three adjustable pins. The center pin is adjustable and can protrude about 1″ from the face. The two spur pins on either side of the center pin are fully adjustable socket head screws that can protrude up to 5/8″ from the face of the drive center. The adjustable machine screws make this ideal for use on logs and large spindles and bowl grain orientation – especially natural edge work where the driven face is uneven.
Now available in three sizes and can be purchased individually or as a handy set of three. The 2” drive is great for small pieces and ideal for spindle work, the 2.5” is a good all-purpose size, and the 3.5” is a must for larger size logs and natural edge or regular edge bowls. A ‘must have’ item in any turner’s toolkit.