The remarkable patented Tilt-Away™ tailstock attachment by Robust. Turners struggle with tailstocks. While needed for so many operations, and sometimes used to ensure safety, they are often in the way. The normal solution: take it off. That's the easy part. Getting a heavy tailstock back on your lathe safely, quickly and easily can be a chore. That's why we invented and patented the Tilt-Away. Don't be confused by swinging tailstock attachments that only offer a partial solution. Only the Tilt-Away gets the tailstock COMPLETELY out of the way - PLUS gives you added spindle turning capacity. The Tilt-Away is optional on the American Beauty, Sweet 16 and Liberty. It is standard on the Independence.
Step 1: Slide your tailstock back on the Tilt Away and lock it down.
Step 2: Release the Tilt Away locking lever and tilt the tailstock out of the way. It's just that easy, and you're in control. As the tailstock tilts out of the way, a second set of ways come up an align with the main lathe bed ways (American Beauty only) allowing you extra room to set up your hollowing rig, support the sliding headstock or what have you.
Step 3: Now the tailstock is COMPLETELY out of the way. Don't be fooled by swing-style attachments that merely move the tailstock to the side and still obstruct full access to the work. To put your tailstock back in position, simply reverse the procedure. You're in control the entire time. For those that occasionally turn from the back of the lathe, the Tilt Away is ambidextrous and can be used to place the tailstock on the front side of the lathe as well (although adding the gas shock to the American Beauty does negate this feature) On the American Beauty you can also add the gas shock assist, and make returning the tailstock to the lathe bed a one finger operation. See our video for a complete demonstration.