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Our Price: $380.00

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This is an example of a small Clark Steady Rest for 16" swing lathes for $380. It has 3 arms rotated to clear a laser holder. This one comes with the flat base. It uses a 22" diameter ring. Alignment and attachment plates are made to fit your brand lathe. It comes in a variety of colors.

The rings of our steady rests are 3/8" thick (12"-16" swing are 1/4" thick) and bent from a 3" x 1.5" angle iron to a diameter 6 inches larger than the swing of your lathe. This creates a very strong steady rest and the size allows the wheels to be retracted out of the way of the project. They can be slid to the head-stock out of the way. The arms are 1.25" diameter aluminum with a flat milled to register the arm in the proper position. The arms are held in place by 2 set screws. The Clark Steady Rests are in operation all over the world since the year 2000. They are build TANK TOUGH! Powder-coated with the color of your choice.

Clark Steady Rests are customized to your lathe and the type of turning you want to do. Select a Multi-Steady (contact me) that can be used on up to 3 different sized lathes. Select the size swing of your lathe and the style base you would like.
  • Flat Base - Most 3-4 arm version steady rests would use a Flat Base. Most small swing version steady rests would use a Flat Base although any size steady rest can be designed with the Wrap Around Base - see below.
  • Wrap Around Base - The Wrap-Around-Base is useful for those wanting an extra set of arms more underneath the project. It also provides a pair of bolts in the vertical portion which meet up with the body of the lathe for more stability.
  • # Arms - Select more arms if you want the smoothest operation especially when hollowing projects with voids or heavy projects. The standard 3 arm steady rest will handle everything quite well. However, more arms are always better. Of course more arms cost more money. Because the wood becomes out of round very quickly during turning, the more wheels you have on the project, the smoother the experience will be. I had a turner try a 3 then an 8 wheel steady rest. He said it was like driving a broken down pickup when using 3 arms and like driving a 7-series BMW with 8 wheels!
  • PRICING and/or ORDERING - The next step is to look through the list in the Create Your Clark Steady Rest! fly-out menu which drops down when you hover over the Clark Steady Rest button in the top NAV list. Look for the swing size of your lathe, then the base style and click on the photo. The next page will allow you to select color, arm position and # plus # of arms and wheels. Click the photo to the left of the style and size you are interested in to see more details/PRICE and to customize a Clark Steady Rest to order!

See what happens when an arm is missing...
  • This steady can hold a project with a 23" diameter. The wheels can be retracted well out of the way of the project and the steady rest moved out of the way near the headstock. This eliminates the need to remove the steady from the lathe bed. The alignment plate keeps the steady at 90 degrees to the lathe bed. A 15/16 socket wrench is needed to tighten the attachment plate to secure the steady rest to the lathe bed.
  • The aluminum arms which hold the wheels are 1.25" diameter. A flat is milled on the arm which provides proper alignment of the wheel when the set screws are tightened on this flat. Wheels are roller blade type of about 3 inches in diameter.

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

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Eight Wheels...nothing less October 19, 2017
Reviewer: craig lofton from dallas, TX United States  
I turn deep (28"+) Norfolk Island Pine vessels.  Prior to purchasing an eight wheel Clark Steady Rest, the rests I used had three wheels.  I cannot adequately convey the quantum leap in stability EIGHT wheels makes.  Its like going from a Jeep Wrangler on a washed out dirt road to a Bentley New Continental GT on fresh blacktop.  Eight wheels provides a much, much smoother turn, especially as the piece goes out of true round during boring.  Three wheels are simply inadequate.  There is too much air between each wheel.  Continuing with my Jeep/Bentley analogy, the Clark Team build a quality tool and provide outstanding and responsive support.  I would buy from them again and I recommend them to my friends.  Just to emphasize my satisfaction, the eight wheel steady rest is simply stunning.

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Quality Product Made in America May 17, 2016
Reviewer: Stan Genega from United States  
Absolutely love this product.  

Keith was excellent to work with and offered firsthand experience with the type of large hollow forms I wanted to turn.  I took his advice and went with the additional support arms on the bottom of the steady rest.  I was not disappointed.

My first hollow form started with a cherry burl log in excess of 150 lbs. and ended with a finished height of 32", a diameter of 15" and a wall thickness was 3/16". The steady rest handled the weight with no issues and allowed me to turn a very consistent wall thickness.

Thanks again for producing a great American made product!

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Steady Rest February 27, 2016
Reviewer: Michael Pittman from Kettering, OH United States  
I ordered the steady rest and I must say, it is absolutely far better than I expected!  I have had other steady rest products and have returned everyone.  This one is top notch!  Very solid, well made!  I really don't think there is one out there that is better!  Ordering was easy and Keith was very helpful and polite.  The shipping couldn't have been better as it was wrapped very well.  For anyone reading this, I live in Ohio and don't know Keith, I just wanted so say this product is the best!  I can't imagine anyone being disatified!

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