Did I just get SUPER lucky on Ebay?

ErichKeane

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So, for a quick background, I have a fairly rare/not often seen lathe, a Reed Prentice 16" lathe. Unfortunately when I bought it, it didn't come with a steady or follow rest. I have a separate thread in my post-history about adapting a different large steady rest for use for a different project (which was great!). Additionally, about 4 months ago, I ran into someone who had the same lathe, AND managed to have the follow rest! He let me take the attached pictures to it.

Fast forward to this weekend. I stumbled upon THIS listing on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/402920061028

The seller doesn't list anything about it other than being a follow-rest.

I bid on it and won (despite the super high shipping!). As far as I can tell, this is the SAME steady rest, right? The casting itself looks dead on! I think I've actually managed to get a follow-rest for my machine! So, anyone want to check out the pictures and listing and burst my bubble?
 

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Papa Charlie

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It appears to be the same animal. You will know for sure soon enough. Congrats.
 

ErichKeane

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So I just got it in the mail yesterday! It is bigger than I figured it would be, but it "fits" on the lathe, and appears to be at the right height!

It is covered/filled with some really weird molasses consistency shmoo, so nothing really moves all that well, but I think it is the right thing! It probably needs a GOOD cleaning, but I think I got lucky!

Pay no attention to the flash-rusted dividing head part :D
 

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I'll try to not act jealous... Trying... :finger wag:
 

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ErichKeane

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Oooh, wow! I didn't know there were any more RPs around here! You've got a nice long one!
 

Papa Charlie

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So I just got it in the mail yesterday! It is bigger than I figured it would be, but it "fits" on the lathe, and appears to be at the right height!

It is covered/filled with some really weird molasses consistency shmoo, so nothing really moves all that well, but I think it is the right thing! It probably needs a GOOD cleaning, but I think I got lucky!

Pay no attention to the flash-rusted dividing head part :D
The only things that looks out of place is I have never seen a follower that is not mounted on the side of the carriage between the cutting tool and the chuck. It is suppose to support the part opposite the tool.
 
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