Re: Tool rest locking handle question

Tom Gall
Not sure if the Nova banjo works differently than the banjos on most lathes. Most banjos that I've encountered work with an eccentric cam that locks/loosens by making slight changes to the clamping block that slides below the bed. The clamping block is held in place and adjusted with a locking nut or pair of nuts. By loosening (or tightening) the(se) nuts you can change the position of your handle. I have mine adjusted (on a General 260) so that it locks anywhere in the lower 180 degrees (relative to the bed) most of the time, but if I want to move it really close I can lock it in the upper 180 degrees position...opposite of my tool rest locking handle position.
This adjustment may take several tries to get it to where you satisfied. Sometimes a 1/4 or 1/2 turn is all that is needed. Hope this may help!

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