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Safe Drivers

Safe Drivers are made from premium carbon steel - they are made to last. The points are held in the body with a set screw so the length which the point protrudes from the body can be set by the turner.

Safe Driver's are a good alternative to spurs, and a must for instructional and training use. In spindle turning this driver, shaped as a ring with a point center, should be used by student and master turner alike.

Why Use a Safe Driver?

A spindle held between a spur and live center can be a potentially hazardous situation. When using a gouge or a skew, a work piece held using this method can catch, become dislodged, or cause injury to the turner due to the unforgiving nature of the biting teeth of a spur. A Safe Driver can help to avoid these potentially dangerous situations. Using a Safe Driver with light tailstock pressure encourages good tool control when training because a catch or heavy handedness merely safely stops the piece being turned. With heavy tailstock pressure the driving force is adequate for large and heavy spindle type components.

Safe Drivers are mounted in the headstock of machines, with a Live Center in the tailstock. Pressure between the headstock and tailstock allow the wood to turn. Because there are no aggressive teeth on the Safe Driver (as there are on Spur Drivers), if the turner gets a catch while working, the wood merely stops spinning while the Safe Driver keeps turning. Avoiding catches in this way allows a turner to work with much more confidence.

Safe Drivers are also excellent tools when turning spindles that the turner wishes to flip around while working on them (switching the work piece so that the headstock end becomes the tailstock end). The machine does not have to be stopped to perform this operation. Merely loosening the tailstock pressure allows the piece to stop spinning so it can be flipped over. Tightening tailstock pressure will then start the piece spinning again.

Shopsmith Safe Driver

Due to popular demand we now make a Safe Driver specifically for the Shopsmith Lathe. This driver has 5/8" hole to slide onto the spindle, and utilizes a set screw to hold it in place.

Approximate Package Weight: lb

#2 Morse Taper

Shopsmith Safe Driver

 

#1 MT Safe Driver
Order Number
2592


#2 MT Safe Driver
  Order Number
2593

The #2 MT Safe driver is also available in the following configurations:

  • 5/16" Thru Hole (Order No. 3024)
  • 3/8" Thru Hole (Order No. 3025)

Shopsmith Safe Driver
  Order Number
3247

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