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Standard Steel and Carbide Tip Dead Centers

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Dead Center Applications

Riten standard dead centers are suitable for all machining and grinding applications.


Dead Center Availability

Standard dead centers are readily available from stock in Morse, Jarno and Brown & Sharpe Tapers. Point styles include full and half dead centers in both steel and carbide tip configurations. Style 1 dead centers are steel full centers, Style 2 dead centers are steel half centers, Style 3 centers are carbide tipped full centers and Style 4 dead centers are carbide tipped half centers. When ordering specify the base model number and the style number to create the full five digit part number. For example a 7104, Style 3 dead center is a 4 Morse taper carbide tipped full center whose complete part number is 71043.

Bull nose dead centers, pipe nose dead centers, long dead centers, carbide tipped bull nose dead centers, carbide tipped long dead centers and carbide tipped long half dead centers are also available. Click on the respective product name to go to the appropriate product page.

Custom variations of any Riten dead centers can be designed using our on-line design tool or by discussing your application with one of our product specialists.

Technical Specifications – Steel Dead Denters

Steel dead centers are manufactured from 52100 ball bearing steel, through hardened to 61-63 Rc. Heat treating 52100 provides the hardness and wear resistant properties necessary for long center life. The same qualities that make it the material of choice for ball bearings also makes it an excellent material for dead centers. Concentricity is guaranteed to .0002 inches TIR.

Technical Specifications – Carbide-Tipped Dead Centers

Carbide tipped dead center bodies are also manufactured from 52100 ball bearing steel. Since the carbide tip is the wear surface in carbide tipped dead centers, only the knock out end of the body is hardened. Carbide tips are grade C2 or equivalent with the hardness and wear resistance required for high production turning and grinding applications. Concentricity is guaranteed to .0002 inches TIR.

Dead Center Regrind

Both steel and carbide tipped dead centers can be reground to extend the life of the dead center. One of the many advantages of 52100 over case hardened materials is that the point can be reground without affecting the hardness or durability of the center. Dead centers should be returned to the factory for inspection to determine the cost of regrinding the tool. The point angle will be reground to factory specifications and the concentricity of the point to the taper will be restored. If necessary, the mounting taper will be reground as well during the reconditioning process.

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