The steady rest serves as a support for long
shafts. The steady rest can be placed anywhere
along the length of the ways.
To use the steady rest:
Carefully place the steady rest on the lathe
Loosen the finger lock nuts so the finger
position can be adjusted (see Figure 35).
Figure 35. Steady rest.
Loosen the steady rest lock nut (see Figure
35), and position the steady rest where
Tighten the steady rest lock nut.
Clamp the workpiece with the chuck and posi-
tion the tailstock to support the workpiece.
Turn the adjustment knobs so the fingers are
snug against the workpiece, and then tighten
the finger lock nuts.
Lubricate the finger tips with an anti-seize
lubricant during operation.
After prolonged use, the fingers will show
wear. Either mill or file the tips for a new con-
The follow rest in Figure 37 is mounted on the
front of the carriage directly above the ways
and follows the movement of the tool. The fol-
low rest requires only two fingers, as the cutting
tool acts as the third. The follow rest is used
on long, slender parts to prevent flexing of the
workpiece from the pressure of the cutting tool.
The sliding fingers are set similar to those
of the steady rest—free of play but not bind-
ing. Always lubricate during operation. After
prolonged use, the fingers will need to be
milled or filed to clean up the contact surface.
Figure 37. Follow rest.
G0602 10" X 22" Benchtop Lathe