Bullnose Live Center


SKU: 1182 Category:

Product Description

A live center is the best way to support the end of a long piece held between centers in a lathe, but sometimes the piece may have a hole in the end that is too large in which to index a standard live center. The bullnose live center will support parts or tubing with an open end as large as 1-5/8″ diameter. Its solid steel bullnose center turns on two preloaded ball bearings. It is fitted with a #0 Morse taper to fit the tailstock spindle. Rather than turn a sleeve to size down a hole, this special live center can be fitted up in seconds when needed.

NOTE: The bearings are pressed in at the factory. Preload on the bearings is adjusted before the nose piece is installed. Once assembled, the Bullnose Live Center is not considered user-serviceable.


The bullnose live center on the left is cut away to show the two preloaded internal bearings.

The improper use of machine tools and their accessories can result in serious injury. Before using this tool, thoroughly read the instructions and make sure you understand its proper and safe use.


Always wear safety glasses when operating machine tools.

Download PDF 1182 Instructions

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Live Center Nose Material Case Hardened and Finish Ground 12L14 Steel
Shaft Taper #0 Morse Taper
Part No. Description Quantity
10930 3/8″ Bearing 2
11821 Bullnose Center Body 1
11822 Bullnose Center (Ground) 1
11823 Bullnose Preload Nut 1
11824 Bullnosed Shim Washer 1
11825 5-40 x 1-1/2″ SHCS 1