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  • sasquatch
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    Thanks to everyone for contributing to this post, very helpfull, I definetly will be building my own steady.

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  • flylo
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    Still very thick, have to have a drawbar & still more cost than I paid for my lathe with 2 chucks & most of the options.

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  • markwesti
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    Here is a nice little alternative to a thread on chuck . https://www.ebay.com/itm/MT2-SHANK-3...19.m1438.l2649 Or https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-3-JW-MT2-...19.m1438.l2649

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  • markwesti
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    http://www.lathes.co.uk/atlas-6-inch-lathe-accessories/

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  • markwesti
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-USA-ATL...19.m1438.l2649

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  • Rex
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    Best way to get 618 change gears is to buy a neglected 109 with gears, then clean up the 109 and sell it for almost what you paid.

    also a good chuck altrnative for these is a ER32 or ER40 chuck on a 2MT arbor, plus a set of Collets.


    https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-ER32-MT...-/280793574675

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  • EddyCurr
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    Although an Atlas accessory catalog lists the Follower Rest as P/N M6-395, notice that mine has "M6-396" cast into the frame.



    The coin shown above is 15/16" dia (23.81 mm). (The images will be updated to include dimensions.)





    A dowel pin in the frame adjacent to the dovetail lock bolt only serves to prevent the bolt from coming up through the hole in the casting. The sole purpose appears to be to prevent the bolt from becoming separated from the follower rest when the rest is not in use. The pin does not prevent the lock bolt from spinning, nor does it prevent the lock bolt from possibly damaging the slideway if overtightened.

    While this OEM follower rest is cast, I believe a functional equivalent can be made from component pieces that have been joined to a heavy sheet metal frame (1/8" or 10 AWG +) by silver soldering, brazing, welding and/or fastening. The dovetail is nice to have, but the follower rest could be attached by other means. IMO, there is no reason why a rest couldn't be made out of something other than metal.
    Last edited by EddyCurr; 01-05-2018, 09:53 PM.

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  • sasquatch
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    I too could use some pics mesurements Eddy. Thank you.

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  • sasquatch
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    Yes, the do have a dovetail that slides onto the cross slide.

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  • mattthemuppet
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    Eddy, I can't speak for the others but I would much appreciate pictures and general dimensions. I'm assuming it clamps onto the dovetail of the carriage/cross slide?

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  • EddyCurr
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    Originally posted by sasquatch View Post
    ... Would you by chance have a travelling steady for a 618 Atlas? Looking for one.
    It is not for sale, but I have a Follower Rest/Travelling Steady (#M6-395) for an Atlas 618.

    Have you seen one in the flesh? There isn't much to them. If a functional equivalent would meet your needs and you are prepared to build one, I can provide photos & general dimensions on request.

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  • sasquatch
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    Thanks, appreciate that.

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  • flylo
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    Originally posted by sasquatch View Post
    Thanks much Eric , that is appreciated. And happy New year to yourself and the family.
    Sorry Sir, he's out right now but will let me know when he gets a 6" in. Happy New Year to you & your family too.

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  • danlab
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    I bought an import backplate and 3-jaw for my Craftsman 6" a while ago from littlemachineshop. The backplate was good but the chuck is mediocre plus it's much longer and heavier than the original chuck.

    For change gears I'd try using a gear calculating program like discussed on this page. You type in what gears you have and it will output the closest match to the thread using those gears; I've used it to cut odd (19 tpi) and metric threads on my little lathe without issues, you may get lucky despite missing a couple.

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  • sasquatch
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    Thanks much Eric , that is appreciated. And happy New year to yourself and the family.

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