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    Default Help with 10" Rockwell Lathe ?

    Hello folk's, I was hoping any of you would know the "Cross reference" for fitting a steady rest on a Rockwell 10" Lathe. The Collets are some what odd-ball, But I've been able to find them. However I have yet to see anyone on flea-bay or the like list an item that fits on the ways. I see that alot of the Atlas and Craftsman item are compatable. Is there something I missed? I'd like to know where one could find info as to what might fit. I have yet to see any items listed for my lathe. Did I get a good price on this unit due to the fact it is no longer supported ? Thank's in advance.

    Hoof

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    A friend of mine with a Rockwell lathe made one of these: http://www.statecollegecentral.com/m...the/MLA-9.html
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    Hoof,, SGW offered very good advice. Ebay center steadys bring more money than the kit and a used one probably would need more machining and adapting anyhow. JIM
    jim

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    I have a Standard Modern 1120 and looked for ages on Ebay for one that could be adapted - always too expensive for me.

    So I went the MLA route and am happy with the results. As you can see I had to modify it anyway as the bedways on my lathe are too wide for the casting.



    It took me longer to complete than I had figured but it may be just old age creeping up!

    Geoff

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    P.S. Since the photo was taken I have added brass tips to the fingers. This was an option in the plans.

    Geoff

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    My South bend came without one as I rescued it from a burned building. Friend had some 1" aluminum plate and made one out of that.
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    My lathe didn't come with a follow rest so I made my own and I was a total newbie. You have the lathe so that would be a good project for you.

    Ernie (VE7ERN)

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    tools4less (on ebay and off) has very nice ones some based on the SB 10L telescopic steady, and for a price that makes even adapting a cheap "score" not really worth it. He makes a bolt on for the 11" Rockwell, but you could get one of the 10 or 11 Logans for a 10" Rockwell. The only "adaptation" needed would be to machine the already provided plates to fit the Rockwell bed.

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    You might also check Plaza Machinery www.plazamachinery.com and see if Joe has anything.
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    Default Thanks for the Help.

    Well you people have given me something to start with. I thank you all for your time. The kit MLA9 looks like my choice. After it's finnished I'll post some pictures. The shop is just a hobbie so it wouldn't be this week, that's for sure. All the kits with the castings look like a lot of fun. Joe at Plaza machienery does not have any steady rests available at the moment but it';s also a new lead. Again much appeciated.

    Hoof

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