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    Default Can someone help identify this steady rest?

    When I acquired my 1939 South Bend 9" workshop lathe, it came with many accessories.
    There was a follower rest that had the telescoping brass fingers and knobs seized up tighter than I could budge. I had to remove(with vertical mill) the brass fingers and one of the tubes that they ride in. It now works well.

    I also acquired a steady rest which also showed all the corrosion that one would expect after sitting in a damp farmhouse basement for 35 years.

    After looking at it closely, it became apparent that it was not designed to fit the South Bend 9" lathe. From the bottom (where it sitts on the bed) to the center it is 6 inches, so I assume it was for a 12" swing lathe.

    Some interesting things about this steady rest;
    -The moveable, top jaw is made of cast brass or bronze. The lower section is cast iron.
    -This steady rest appears to ride on two "V" ways, not the standard 1 "V" and 1 flat.
    -Also, the clamp to attach it to the ways is missing, but would be an easy fabrication.


    So, can anyone tell me what lathe the steady rest would fit? I have seached the internet and cannot find any with two "V's" on the bottom.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
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    I dont know what it fits but is very old (100 years at least), might not be a lathe left in the world that it fits...Phil

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    With two vee's on the bottom, probably is for a older American lathe is my guess. There are a few older manufactures that did put the two vee on the bottom so you could use it in either direction, but long since dropped. Suggest you post this in the antique machinery forum and I bet you'll get a quick answer to your question. Ken

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    Thanks for your responses


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