the steady rest serves as a support for long
shafts (length to diameter ratio of 3:1 or greater).
the steady rest can be placed anywhere along
the length of the bedway.
To install/use the steady rest:
disConnECt lAthE FroM poWEr!
thoroughly clean the steady rest machined
base, then place the steady rest on the lathe
bedways so the triangular notch fits over the
angled portion of the rear bedway.
position the steady rest where required to
properly support the workpiece, then tighten
the lock nut at the base of the steady rest to
secure it in place (see Figure 46).
star lock Knob
Figure 46. steady rest adjustments.
loosen the star lock knob and open the
steady rest so the workpiece can rest on the
bottom two fingers (see Figure 47 for an
Figure 47. Workpiece mounted in the steady
Close the steady rest so that the workpiece
is inside the fingers, then tighten the star lock
use the finger adjustment knobs to just touch
the fingers against the workpiece
Note: The fingers should properly support
the workpiece, but allow it to freely rotate.
Lubricate the finger tips with an anti-seize
grease during operation.
After prolonged use, the fingers will show
wear. Either mill or file the tips for a new con-
Model g0554z (Mfg 01/09+)