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Grizzly G4003G Owner's Manual: Steady Rest; Follow Rest

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Steady Rest

The steady rest supports long, small diameter
stock that otherwise could not be turned because
of deflection.
We replaced the common brass wear pads at
the ends of the fingers with bearings. Having
bearings here maintains consistent non-wearing
support throughout the cut. The steady rest can
also replace the tailstock to allow for cutting tool
access at the end of your workpiece.
To use the steady rest:
1.
Secure the steady rest to the bedway from
below with the locking plate, then snug the
mounting bolt (Figure 23).
Figure 23. Steady rest in place.
2.
Adjust the fingers until the bearings make
contact and support the workpiece. Do not
over adjust the fingers or they will cause
deflection in the workpiece.
3.
Oil the finger bearings and the rolling sur-
faces while in use to assist in friction-free
support.
G4003G Gunsmith's Lathe
Mounting Bolt
Follow Rest
The follow rest is normally used with small diam-
eter stock to prevent the workpiece from "spring-
ing" under pressure from the turning tool.
We replaced the common brass wear pads at
the ends of the fingers with bearings. Having
bearings here maintains consistent non-wearing
support throughout the cut. The steady rest can
also replace the tailstock to allow for cutting tool
access at the end of your workpiece.
To use the follow rest:
1.
Secure the follow rest to the saddle with the
two cap screws (Figure 24).
Mounting Cap Screws
Figure 24. Follow rest secured to saddle.
2.
Adjust the fingers until the bearings make
contact and support the workpiece. Do not
over adjust the fingers as to cause deflection
in the workpiece.
3.
Lubricate the finger bearings and the rolling
surfaces while in use to assist in low friction
support.
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