Need some advice on replacement lathe banjo/tool rest

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Forum topic by gridlockd posted 04-10-2014 08:41 PM 2295 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-10-2014 08:41 PM

Hello all,

I need some advice/recommendations on a replacement banjo for my lathe. I’ll spare you all the the long story and just say this: I own a grizzly G0462 lathe, the banjo/tool rest is garbage and I need to upgrade/replace it. Will any banjo work for me or does it need to be specific to my particular model? any and all help is welcome here, as I am currently at a standstill on my turning and i’m starting to go into withdrawals!


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#1 posted 04-13-2014 02:44 AM

What kind of turning do you most often do?

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 02:57 AM

If it’s just the tool rest, post diameter is important. Different mfgrs have different post diameters.

My general maxilathe has a too-short tool rest, would like to make it longer.

My beaver I have the double length tool rest, which requires two banjos,

I daresay with a length of angle iron and a length of suitable diameter rod, you could get the local welder to cobble up a tool rest for you, but you do have to be really explicit about squareness. That an a few minutes of draw filing would get you back into the “swing” of things” methinks

The banjo is another story. Buddy trashed his, well over 100 bucks quoted to repair it, so he didn’t pursue it further.

With the beaver, I bought as many accesories as I could afford way back when….was it really 30 years ago.

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