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    I just purchased a used Rigid Wood Lathe. I'm trying to turn a spindle. When mounting I put one end in to the spur near the motor. The other end is punctured by the pointy end of the live center. When I turn the lathe on the spur end turns with the spindle but the live center end doesn't turn with the spindle. This works ok for a while but I noticed a burning in the end of the spindle where the metal turns against the wood. Am I possible missing a part? I adjusted the orange wheel to make the ram stick out to meet up with the end of the spindle. Everything seems to align properly. The lack of the live center really being "live" puzzles me. thanks for any help or suggestions.