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Fall 2023 Showcase: Penn State Industries Tailspinner

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Penn State Industries has put a new spin on lathe turning. We know you have to have a live bearing in the tailstock that’ll accommodate the stuff you’re turning. What if the tailstock itself has a bearing? That’s what’s happening with the Tailspinner. Anything you put in the tailstock can spin, whether it’s a cone center or a chuck. Or, you can lock up the tailstock bearing for occasions where you don’t want it to spin, like when you’re drilling a hole on the lathe.

This is a cool addition to the lathe, and opens the door for lots of different applications. It makes mounting, turning and reversing bowls simpler, and lets you drill larger blanks because you’re spinning the bit in the headstock while gripping the wood in a chuck in the tailstock. The Tailspinner falls into the category of “the more you use it, the more uses you’ll find for it.”

The Tailspinner has a #2 Morse taper, so will still accept any accessories that require that. It also has a 1”-8 TPI spindle for chucks and similar accessories.

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One Response to “Fall 2023 Showcase: Penn State Industries Tailspinner”

  1. Ross Bechtel

    How does that make it any better than just starting with the chuck in the headstock?

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