By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by Allendale Jan 24th

Fitting moving steadies

Fitting a moving steady to a Clarke CL300M lathe

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  
Allison Medhurst21/07/2019 19:04:26
10 forum posts
2 photos


I am a beginner, please go easy on me. Today i bought my 1st lathe, a small 2nd hand clarke CL300M with lots of accessories. It didnt come with a manual (i downloaded one), but i cannot find how to fit the moving steadies that come with the lathe.

Can anyone help please ?



Jim Nic21/07/2019 20:04:39
364 forum posts
202 photos

Hi Allison, welcome to the forum.

I'm afraid I have no knowledge of your lathe but on my Warco machine the travelling steady attaches to the top of the saddle to the left of the topslide. The attachment is by 2 bolts, one to the front and one at the back. The necessary holes have screw in blanks fitted.

Hopefully this may give you a clue where to look or someone with real info will be along shortly.


Martin of Wick21/07/2019 20:22:41
246 forum posts
5 photos

if you have downloaded the Clarke manual, on page 26 there is a photo that shows the position of the moving steady on the saddle to the left of the cross slide (when viewed as if using the lathe)

If you look at the left side of the saddle, you will se the two threaded holes (they may be filled with swarf! Attachment is by two M6 bolts (they are M6 on my minilathe - may be different thread sizes on other clones)

Martin of Wick21/07/2019 20:38:20
246 forum posts
5 photos

If you are getting started with the mini lathe, there is also quite a helpful machine specific guide / manual available here:


Neil Wyatt22/07/2019 21:16:20
18899 forum posts
734 photos
80 articles

There's also my mini lathe book (featuring my CL300M!) which you might find useful.


Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 06:49:59
10 forum posts
2 photos

Thank you, i have added that to my 'wish list'

Allison Medhurst23/07/2019 17:39:17
10 forum posts
2 photos

Thank you Nic and Martin, I have now got the travelling steady fitted and working. The 2 fixing points had small grub screws in and were covered in muck. I carefully removed the grub screws, cleaned the slide and fitted the steady with new machine screws. All i have to do now is when i need to use the steady is to remove the grub screws, mount the steady and fasten the machine screws.

Thank you all again for your suggestions and help.


old mart23/07/2019 20:41:26
3524 forum posts
217 photos

I used mine the other day when extending a leadscrew thread. The screws are to stop the threads filling up with muck. I found a secondary use for the rear hole, a lock for the rear of the saddle.

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Support Our Partners
JD Metals
Eccentric July 5 2018
rapid Direct
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest