A steady rest is basically a heavy and rigid ring afixed to the bedways of a lathe or turning center, which ring is equipped with jaws to support the work piece.  Jaws are usually thee in number, though less commonly four, five, or even six are employed. The jaws are typically equipped with roller that contact and support the workpiece, though in some applications, bronze, babbitt, oil impregnated nylon, or other suitable bearing material are used rather than rollers.  Typically the frame of the steady rest is split, with the top half of the ring being either hinged to the bottom half, or  sometimes it has a “pick off” top.


In turning, as in all machining operations, rigidity is essential to a quality job.  A workpiece with a long length to diameter ratio will deflect away from the tool easily, causing a lack of precision, and also oftentimes causing harmful vibrations …”chatter”.  A steady rest, or in some cases a follower rest which moves with the carriage rather than being fixed to the bedways, is used to alleviate that problem.

In other cases, a steady rest is used to support a workpiece that is too long to be held by the chuck alone, while operations are performed on the end of the piece, or inside the piece.  The flange on an axle is one example of a workpiece where the end of the piece is mach@larined.  A hydraulic cylinder is an example of a workpiece where operations would need to be performed on the inside diameter.

Though some machinists and some shops don’t use a steady rest if they can possibly avoid it, preferring instead to put a long piece through the bore of the lathe spindle so they can chuck up close to the place they want to cut,  the likelihood of getting the workpiece straight in the machine by so doing is somewhat close to nil. Precision work required a steady rest.  In fact,  a lathe without a steady rest is really only half a lathe. They are that important.


Doubtless, if you are a machinist reading these words, and you have read this far,  you already understand why a steady rest is needed.  And likely you either have one already, or you need one, or you need one that is of greater capacity than the one you already have.  We can help.  We here at Uintah Machine have been building steady rests since the late 1970’s. To this point, we have built in excess of 1300 of them.  Though the advent of CNC machinery has reduced the demand for them (an almost eliminated entirely the demand for taper attachments), we still field quite a few inquiries, and we still build a few every year. Call us and tell us what you need.

Terms & Conditions

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These terms and conditions outline the rules and regulations for the use of Uintah Machine’s Website, located at

By accessing this website we assume you accept these terms and conditions. Do not continue to use if you do not agree to take all of the terms and conditions stated on this page. Our Terms and Conditions were created with the help of the Terms And Conditions Generator and the Free Terms & Conditions Generator.

The following terminology applies to these Terms and Conditions, Privacy Statement and Disclaimer Notice and all Agreements: “Client”, “You” and “Your” refers to you, the person log on this website and compliant to the Company’s terms and conditions. “The Company”, “Ourselves”, “We”, “Our” and “Us”, refers to our Company. “Party”, “Parties”, or “Us”, refers to both the Client and ourselves. All terms refer to the offer, acceptance and consideration of payment necessary to undertake the process of our assistance to the Client in the most appropriate manner for the express purpose of meeting the Client’s needs in respect of provision of the Company’s stated services, in accordance with and subject to, prevailing law of Netherlands. Any use of the above terminology or other words in the singular, plural, capitalization and/or he/she or they, are taken as interchangeable and therefore as referring to same.


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Unless otherwise stated, Uintah Machine and/or its licensors own the intellectual property rights for all material on All intellectual property rights are reserved. You may access this from for your own personal use subjected to restrictions set in these terms and conditions.

You must not:

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This Agreement shall begin on the date hereof.

Parts of this website offer an opportunity for users to post and exchange opinions and information in certain areas of the website. Uintah Machine does not filter, edit, publish or review Comments prior to their presence on the website. Comments do not reflect the views and opinions of Uintah Machine,its agents and/or affiliates. Comments reflect the views and opinions of the person who post their views and opinions. To the extent permitted by applicable laws, Uintah Machine shall not be liable for the Comments or for any liability, damages or expenses caused and/or suffered as a result of any use of and/or posting of and/or appearance of the Comments on this website.

Uintah Machine reserves the right to monitor all Comments and to remove any Comments which can be considered inappropriate, offensive or causes breach of these Terms and Conditions.

You warrant and represent that:

  • You are entitled to post the Comments on our website and have all necessary licenses and consents to do so;
  • The Comments do not invade any intellectual property right, including without limitation copyright, patent or trademark of any third party;
  • The Comments do not contain any defamatory, libelous, offensive, indecent or otherwise unlawful material which is an invasion of privacy
  • The Comments will not be used to solicit or promote business or custom or present commercial activities or unlawful activity.

You hereby grant Uintah Machine a non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, edit and authorize others to use, reproduce and edit any of your Comments in any and all forms, formats or media.

Hyperlinking to our Content

The following organizations may link to our Website without prior written approval:

  • Government agencies;
  • Search engines;
  • News organizations;
  • Online directory distributors may link to our Website in the same manner as they hyperlink to the Websites of other listed businesses; and
  • System wide Accredited Businesses except soliciting non-profit organizations, charity shopping malls, and charity fundraising groups which may not hyperlink to our Web site.

These organizations may link to our home page, to publications or to other Website information so long as the link: (a) is not in any way deceptive; (b) does not falsely imply sponsorship, endorsement or approval of the linking party and its products and/or services; and (c) fits within the context of the linking party’s site.

We may consider and approve other link requests from the following types of organizations:

  • commonly-known consumer and/or business information sources;
  • community sites;
  • associations or other groups representing charities;
  • online directory distributors;
  • internet portals;
  • accounting, law and consulting firms; and
  • educational institutions and trade associations.

We will approve link requests from these organizations if we decide that: (a) the link would not make us look unfavorably to ourselves or to our accredited businesses; (b) the organization does not have any negative records with us; (c) the benefit to us from the visibility of the hyperlink compensates the absence of Uintah Machine; and (d) the link is in the context of general resource information.

These organizations may link to our home page so long as the link: (a) is not in any way deceptive; (b) does not falsely imply sponsorship, endorsement or approval of the linking party and its products or services; and (c) fits within the context of the linking party’s site.

If you are one of the organizations listed in paragraph 2 above and are interested in linking to our website, you must inform us by sending an e-mail to Uintah Machine. Please include your name, your organization name, contact information as well as the URL of your site, a list of any URLs from which you intend to link to our Website, and a list of the URLs on our site to which you would like to link. Wait 2-3 weeks for a response.

Approved organizations may hyperlink to our Website as follows:

  • By use of our corporate name; or
  • By use of the uniform resource locator being linked to; or
  • By use of any other description of our Website being linked to that makes sense within the context and format of content on the linking party’s site.

No use of Uintah Machine’s logo or other artwork will be allowed for linking absent a trademark license agreement.


Without prior approval and written permission, you may not create frames around our Webpages that alter in any way the visual presentation or appearance of our Website.

Content Liability

We shall not be hold responsible for any content that appears on your Website. You agree to protect and defend us against all claims that is rising on your Website. No link(s) should appear on any Website that may be interpreted as libelous, obscene or criminal, or which infringes, otherwise violates, or advocates the infringement or other violation of, any third party rights.

Your Privacy

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Reservation of Rights

We reserve the right to request that you remove all links or any particular link to our Website. You approve to immediately remove all links to our Website upon request. We also reserve the right to amen these terms and conditions and it’s linking policy at any time. By continuously linking to our Website, you agree to be bound to and follow these linking terms and conditions.

Removal of links from our website

If you find any link on our Website that is offensive for any reason, you are free to contact and inform us any moment. We will consider requests to remove links but we are not obligated to or so or to respond to you directly.

We do not ensure that the information on this website is correct, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy; nor do we promise to ensure that the website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up to date.


To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions relating to our website and the use of this website. Nothing in this disclaimer will:

  • limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury;
  • limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
  • limit any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law; or
  • exclude any of our or your liabilities that may not be excluded under applicable law.

The limitations and prohibitions of liability set in this Section and elsewhere in this disclaimer: (a) are subject to the preceding paragraph; and (b) govern all liabilities arising under the disclaimer, including liabilities arising in contract, in tort and for breach of statutory duty.

As long as the website and the information and services on the website are provided free of charge, we will not be liable for any loss or damage of any nature.

Privacy Policy

Last updated July 21, 2020


Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Uintah Machine & Manufacturing Co., doing business as Uintah Machine (“Uintah Machine”, “we”, “us”, or “our”). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy notice, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us at

When you visit our website (the “Website”), and more generally, use any of our services (the “Services”, which include the Website), we appreciate that you are trusting us with your personal information. We take your privacy very seriously. In this privacy notice, we seek to explain to you in the clearest way possible what information we collect, how we use it and what rights you have in relation to it. We hope you take some time to read through it carefully, as it is important. If there are any terms in this privacy notice that you do not agree with, please discontinue use of our Services immediately.

This privacy notice applies to all information collected through our Services (which, as described above, includes our Website), as well as any related services, sales, marketing or events.

Please read this privacy notice carefully as it will help you understand what we do with the information that we collect.







Personal information you disclose to us

In Short:  We collect information that you provide to us.

We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when you express an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and Services, when you participate in activities on the Website or otherwise when you contact us.

The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Website, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect may include the following:

Personal Information Provided by You. We collect email addresses; names; and other similar information.

Social Media Login Data. We may provide you with the option to register with us using your existing social media account details, like your Facebook, Twitter or other social media account. If you choose to register in this way, we will collect the information described in the section called “HOW DO WE HANDLE YOUR SOCIAL LOGINS” below.

All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.


Information automatically collected

In Short:  Some information — such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address and/or browser and device characteristics — is collected automatically when you visit our Website.


We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the Website. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about who and when you use our Website and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our Website, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.



In Short:  We process your information for purposes based on legitimate business interests, the fulfillment of our contract with you, compliance with our legal obligations, and/or your consent.

We use personal information collected via our Website for a variety of business purposes described below. We process your personal information for these purposes in reliance on our legitimate business interests, in order to enter into or perform a contract with you, with your consent, and/or for compliance with our legal obligations. We indicate the specific processing grounds we rely on next to each purpose listed below.

We use the information we collect or receive:

  • Fulfill and manage your orders. We may use your information to fulfill and manage your orders, payments, returns, and exchanges made through the Website. 
  • Administer prize draws and competitions. We may use your information to administer prize draws and competitions when you elect to participate in our competitions. 
  • To deliver and facilitate delivery of services to the user. We may use your information to provide you with the requested service. 
  • To respond to user inquiries/offer support to users. We may use your information to respond to your inquiries and solve any potential issues you might have with the use of our Services.
  • For other business purposes. We may use your information for other business purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Website, products, marketing and your experience. We may use and store this information in aggregated and anonymized form so that it is not associated with individual end users and does not include personal information. We will not use identifiable personal information without your consent.



In Short:  We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to provide you with services, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations.

We may process or share your data that we hold based on the following legal basis:

  • Consent: We may process your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information in a specific purpose. 
  • Legitimate Interests: We may process your data when it is reasonably necessary to achieve our legitimate business interests. 
  • Performance of a Contract: Where we have entered into a contract with you, we may process your personal information to fulfill the terms of our contract. 
  • Legal Obligations: We may disclose your information where we are legally required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, governmental requests, a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena (including in response to public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements). 
  • Vital Interests: We may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding potential violations of our policies, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person and illegal activities, or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved.

More specifically, we may need to process your data or share your personal information in the following situations:

  • Business Transfers. We may share or transfer your information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.
  • Business Partners. We may share your information with our business partners to offer you certain products, services or promotions.



In Short:  If you choose to register or log in to our services using a social media account, we may have access to certain information about you.

Our Website offers you the ability to register and login using your third-party social media account details (like your Facebook or Twitter logins). Where you choose to do this, we will receive certain profile information about you from your social media provider. The profile Information we receive may vary depending on the social media provider concerned, but will often include your name, email address, friends list, profile picture as well as other information you choose to make public on such social media platform.

We will use the information we receive only for the purposes that are described in this privacy notice or that are otherwise made clear to you on the relevant Website. Please note that we do not control, and are not responsible for, other uses of your personal information by your third-party social media provider. We recommend that you review their privacy notice to understand how they collect, use and share your personal information, and how you can set your privacy preferences on their sites and apps.



In Short:  We keep your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy notice unless otherwise required by law.

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law (such as tax, accounting or other legal requirements). No purpose in this notice will require us keeping your personal information for longer than 1 year.

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize such information, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.



In Short:  We aim to protect your personal information through a system of organizational and technical security measures.

We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, despite our safeguards and efforts to secure your information, no electronic transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security, and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Website is at your own risk. You should only access the Website within a secure environment.



In Short:  We do not knowingly collect data from or market to children under 18 years of age.

We do not knowingly solicit data from or market to children under 18 years of age. By using the Website, you represent that you are at least 18 or that you are the parent or guardian of such a minor and consent to such minor dependent’s use of the Website. If we learn that personal information from users less than 18 years of age has been collected, we will deactivate the account and take reasonable measures to promptly delete such data from our records. If you become aware of any data we may have collected from children under age 18, please contact us at



In Short:  You may review, change, or terminate your account at any time.

If you are resident in the European Economic Area and you believe we are unlawfully processing your personal information, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection supervisory authority. You can find their contact details here:

If you are resident in Switzerland, the contact details for the data protection authorities are available here:



Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. At this stage, no uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy notice.



In Short:  Yes, if you are a resident of California, you are granted specific rights regarding access to your personal information.

California Civil Code Section 1798.83, also known as the “Shine The Light” law, permits our users who are California residents to request and obtain from us, once a year and free of charge, information about categories of personal information (if any) we disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes and the names and addresses of all third parties with which we shared personal information in the immediately preceding calendar year. If you are a California resident and would like to make such a request, please submit your request in writing to us using the contact information provided below.

If you are under 18 years of age, reside in California, and have a registered account with the Website, you have the right to request removal of unwanted data that you publicly post on the Website. To request removal of such data, please contact us using the contact information provided below, and include the email address associated with your account and a statement that you reside in California. We will make sure the data is not publicly displayed on the Website, but please be aware that the data may not be completely or comprehensively removed from all our systems (e.g. backups, etc.).  


CCPA Privacy Notice

The California Code of Regulations defines a “resident” as:

(1) every individual who is in the State of California for other than a temporary or transitory purpose and

(2) every individual who is domiciled in the State of California who is outside the State of California for a temporary or transitory purpose

All other individuals are defined as “non-residents.”


If this definition of “resident” applies to you, certain rights and obligations apply regarding your personal information.


What categories of personal information do we collect?


We have collected the following categories of personal information in the past twelve (12) months:


Category Examples Collected
A. Identifiers Contact details, such as real name, alias, postal address, telephone or mobile contact number, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address and account name YES
B. Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute Name, contact information, education, employment, employment history and financial information YES
C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law Gender and date of birth YES
D. Commercial information Transaction information, purchase history, financial details and payment information NO
E. Biometric information Fingerprints and voiceprints NO
F. Internet or other similar network activity Browsing history, search history, online behavior, interest data, and interactions with our and other websites, applications, systems and advertisements NO
G. Geolocation data Device location NO
H. Audio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar information Images and audio, video or call recordings created in connection with our business activities NO
I. Professional or employment-related information Business contact details in order to provide you our services at a business level, job title as well as work history and professional qualifications if you apply for a job with us NO
J. Education Information Student records and directory information NO
K. Inferences drawn from other personal information Inferences drawn from any of the collected personal information listed above to create a profile or summary about, for example, an individual’s preferences and characteristics NO


We may also collect other personal information outside of these categories in instances where you interact with us in-person, online, or by phone or mail in the context of:

  • Receiving help through our customer support channels 
  • Participation in customer surveys or contests; and 
  • Facilitation in the delivery of our Services and to respond to your inquiries

How do we use and share your personal information?

More information about our data collection and sharing practices can be found in this privacy notice.


You may contact us by email at, or by referring to the contact details at the bottom of this document.


If you are using an authorized agent to exercise your right to opt-out, we may deny a request if the authorized agent does not submit proof that they have been validly authorized to act on your behalf.


Will your information be shared with anyone else?


We may disclose your personal information with our service providers pursuant to a written contract between us and each service provider. Each service provider is a for-profit entity that processes the information on our behalf.


We may use your personal information for our own business purposes, such as for undertaking internal research for technological development and demonstration. This is not considered to be “selling” of your personal data.


Uintah Machine & Manufacturing Co. has not disclosed or sold any personal information to third parties for a business or commercial purpose in the preceding twelve (12) months. Uintah Machine & Manufacturing Co. will not sell personal information in the future belonging to website visitors, users and other consumers.


Your rights with respect to your personal data


Right to request deletion of the data – Request to delete


You can ask for the deletion of your personal information. If you ask us to delete your personal information, we will respect your request and delete your personal information, subject to certain exceptions provided by law, such as (but not limited to) the exercise by another consumer of his or her right to free speech, our compliance requirements resulting from a legal obligation or any processing that may be required to protect against illegal activities.


Right to be informed – Request to know


Depending on the circumstances, you have a right to know:

  • whether we collect and use your personal information;
  • the categories of personal information that we collect;
  • the purposes for which the collected personal information is used;
  • whether we sell your personal information to third parties;
  • the categories of personal information that we sold or disclosed for a business purpose;
  • the categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold or disclosed for a business purpose; and
  • the business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information.

In accordance with applicable law, we are not obligated to provide or delete consumer information that is de-identified in response to a consumer request or to re-identify individual data to verify a consumer request.


Right to Non-Discrimination for the Exercise of a Consumer’s Privacy Rights


We will not discriminate against you if you exercise your privacy rights.


Verification process


Upon receiving your request, we will need to verify your identity to determine you are the same person about whom we have the information in our system. These verification efforts require us to ask you to provide information so that we can match it with the information you have previously provided us. For instance, depending on the type of request you submit, we may ask you to provide certain information so that we can match the information you provide with the information we already have on file, or we may contact you through a communication method (e.g. phone or email) that you have previously provided to us. We may also use other verification methods as the circumstances dictate.


We will only use personal information provided in your request to verify your identity or authority to make the request. To the extent possible, we will avoid requesting additional information from you for the purposes of verification. If, however, if we cannot verify your identity from the information already maintained by us, we may request that you provide additional information for the purposes of verifying your identity, and for security or fraud-prevention purposes. We will delete such additionally provided information as soon as we finish verifying you.


Other privacy rights

  • you may object to the processing of your personal data
  • you may request correction of your personal data if it is incorrect or no longer relevant, or ask to restrict the processing of the data
  • you can designate an authorized agent to make a request under the CCPA on your behalf. We may deny a request from an authorized agent that does not submit proof that they have been validly authorized to act on your behalf in accordance with the CCPA.
  • you may request to opt-out from future selling of your personal information to third parties. Upon receiving a request to opt-out, we will act upon the request as soon as feasibly possible, but no later than 15 days from the date of the request submission.

To exercise these rights, you can contact us by email at, or by referring to the contact details at the bottom of this document. If you have a complaint about how we handle your data, we would like to hear from you.



In Short:  Yes, we will update this notice as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws.

We may update this privacy notice from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated “Revised” date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible. If we make material changes to this privacy notice, we may notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to review this privacy notice frequently to be informed of how we are protecting your information.



If you have questions or comments about this notice, you may email us at or by post to:

Uintah Machine & Manufacturing Co. 

521 W Main St

Duchesne, UT 84021

United States



Based on the applicable laws of your country, you may have the right to request access to the personal information we collect from you, change that information, or delete it in some circumstances. To request to review, update, or delete your personal information, please submit a request form by clicking here. We will respond to your request within 30 days.

How To Choose the Best Trailers for Construction and Mining Operations

The mining and construction industries rely on construction trailers to haul heavy equipment from location to location. Heavy equipment is used in a variety of capacities from digging to moving earth. They are essential to construction and mining operations, but not all of the equipment needs to stay at a specific job site. The company then must move them to get the most out of these expensive pieces of equipment.

Determining the best heavy equipment trailer to use depends on a variety of factors. The right trailer has the right amount of space to perfectly fit the equipment transported. Using too much trailer ends up wasting money and not enough trailer doesn’t safely transport your expensive equipment. Not to mention that the federal and state governments regulate the size of the trailer used to transport specific equipment. A little preparation and understanding of the types of trailers, reasons to haul, and types of equipment can save you time and money.

Types of Trailers

There are a variety of trailer types you can purchase to haul your equipment. A removable gooseneck heavy-equipment trailer hauls your heaviest equipment. Equipment that is too large or heavy for a step-deck trailer or flatbed trailer can be hauled on the RGN trailers. Flatbed trailers are handy for smaller equipment such as forklifts and mini excavators. Push-Out trailers are perfect for dumping large loads of rock or debris. Step-deck trailers fill in the gaps between the smaller flatbed trailers and the larger capacity RGN trailers.

While smaller trailers such as flatbed trailers cost less to purchase, their size limits the amount of weight they can handle and the pieces of equipment they can haul. Larger RGN trailers range in price but are generally more expensive than the smaller trailers. However, with their larger hauling capabilities, they can handle the large equipment such as articulated trucks that the smaller trailers cannot support. RGNs usually have more axles to hold the weight of the heavier equipment over long hauls. The larger trailers cost more to purchase and haul than smaller trailers.

Reasons to Haul

Construction and mining companies need to transport their heavy equipment for a variety of reasons. A heavy equipment trailer allows you to purchase instead of leasing your heavy equipment. When not in use, the construction trailer provides a means to transport the equipment from the job site to a storage facility until it is needed again. The equipment can be maintained and cleaned in a place designated for that versus at the job site.

Owning your own heavy equipment trailer saves you money over time. Transportation services have their purposes, but if you use them frequently, the costs may outweigh the benefits. Having an experienced driver haul the equipment from one place to another on a dump trailer you already own saves money. Plus, you don’t have to rely on the transportation service company having space for your company. Relying on their schedule can cause problems with your own construction or mining schedule.

Types of Equipment

Construction and mining companies use similar equipment depending on the project. Using the right heavy equipment trailer to transport those large machines depends on the type of equipment. Smaller equipment such as mini excavators has become more popular because these types of equipment are versatile and easily maneuver around the job site. Here are some basic trailer recommendations for specific heavy equipment.

  • Bulldozers—step deck, RGN
  • Trenchers—flatbed, step deck, RGN
  • Pipe Layers—RGN
  • Street Sweepers—flatbed, RGN
  • Backhoe Loaders—flatbed, step deck, RGN
  • Wheel Loaders—step deck, RGN
  • Graders and Scrapers—RGN
  • Skid Steers—flatbed, step deck
  • Excavators—flatbed, RGN
  • Mini Excavators—flatbed, step deck
  • Forklifts—flatbed, step deck, RGN
  • Articulated Trucks—RGN

Your business may need more than one heavy equipment trailer depending on how many pieces of heavy equipment the company owns and needs to transport. While some of the heavy equipment listed above shows multiple trailers that can be used, ultimately the right dump trailer depends on the size and weight of the machinery. A large forklift needs more space than a smaller forklift. More space requires a larger trailer.

Plan to Haul

When handling the transport of your heavy equipment, plan ahead. Once you have the right heavy equipment trailer for the machinery, you need to establish a schedule for transporting it, especially if over long distances. The schedule can help you determine costs and ensure the equipment makes it to the next site on time. Planning ahead of time allows your company to determine and plan for any governmental regulations for hauling the equipment. The highways you plan to travel may have restrictions for height and weight. For tall equipment, you may need to avoid or go around certain underpasses to avoid the trailer becoming stuck.

As part of your plan, decide the personnel involved from start to finish. Go over the procedures and plan, so that everyone is on the same page. This helps create a smooth process from start to finish. Your equipment has a better chance of arriving where needed at the right time when everyone is on the same page.

Considerations Before Purchase

Choosing the right heavy equipment trailer for your mining or construction business depends on the type and size of equipment the company uses. A construction trailer offers the ability to use one piece of equipment at multiple job sites. The cost of the trailer is often outweighed by the ability to use the heavy equipment where your work demands it. Not having to constantly rent heavy equipment can offset the trailer purchase. Use these considerations for your next heavy equipment trailer purchase to make the most of your investment.

If you need a trailer for your construction or mining purposes, Uintah machine has many different types of trailers for various applications. Browse our products or contact us today and we will help you determine what type of trailer will best suit your needs.

Machine Tool Accessories

Steady Rests

To date we have built well over 1,100 steady rests, follower rests, and back rests for customers all over North America. We can build one for you! Our steady rests are constructed from heavy-duty steel plate frames. We build them for lathes of any swing and in any capacity possible for your machine. Jaws with rollers are our standard but we also build them with bronze, babbit, etc. as you require. We also build Steady Rests for CNC Slant Bed Machines. In addition, we build special rests for milling and grinding applications.

steady rest on a Daewoo slant bed CNC machine

Back Rests

Back rests are made to support long slender work pieces on a cylindrical grinder. Some are fancier than others, but all that we have seen consist of two “wear pads” on adjustable arms such that they can be brought to bear against the workpiece opposite the grinding wheel and directly on the bottom. The material for these wear pads can be bronze, teflon, delrin, babbit, or even wood.

Journal Rests

Journal Rests are usually much heavier duty than back rests. They are used to support heavy rolls by their journals while the roll surfaces are being re-ground. The range of adjustment is usually quite limited. It is sometimes necessary to have several rests in different size ranges.

Taper Attachments

We can make just about any type of taper attachment. Here are a few we’ve made before:

  • Standard taper attachments for engine lathes.
  • Extra long stroke taper attachments.
  • Taper attachments with gear reduced travel for extra long strokes.
  • Heavy Duty Taper Attachments.

Our taper attachments are designed for use with a telescoping cross slide screw. If there is a need to install one on a machine without such a telescoping cross slide screw, then it is probably best that the screw be altered in such a way that it will telescope. We do have a Taper Attachment Installation Guide, though the graphics leave much to be desired.

Clamping steel with arc welder

Taper Attachment Installation Instructions

As there are innumerable variations in the design and construction of engine lathes, it is evident that no one accessory can be made to fit them all. Consequently, only very general instructions can be given for taper attachment installation, and these may have to be modified somewhat to fit various situations.

This particular taper attachment is designed primarily for use with a telescoping cross slide screw, but it can be used with the regular non-telescoping type screw, though not without considerable inconvenience.

Determine Type of Slide Screw

Figure A

First, determine if you have a telescoping cross slide screw. If there is no cross slide screw anchor block or bearing on the rear of the lathe saddle, you almost certainly have a lathe with a solid type screw, in which case it will need to be modified if it is to be used as a telescoping screw. If when the screw anchor block is removed, the screw seems free to slide when the cross slide is pushed or pulled, then your screw is telescoping. If the cross slide stays stationary and the screw seems to move you have a telescoping screw.

Bolt the Taper Attachment

Next, bolt the taper attachment to the rear of the saddle in such a position that the cross slide screw would, if it were longer, pass directly through the center of the screw anchor block. This is the part which the machinist holds in his left hand in Figure C.

Drill the mounting holes a little oversize so that the taper attachment can be leveled accurately with the saddle using a pair of vernier calipers or a depth micrometer as shown in Figure A.

Scribe around the end of the cross slide screw or otherwise locate a point to drill a hole in the anchor block as shown in Figure B. If you prefer, or conditions require, you may elect to drill the hole in the anchor block first, and then bolt the taper attachment to the lathe in such a position that the hole lines up with the cross slide screw. After the taper attachment is leveled, put in a couple of taper pins to prevent it from ever-shifting, and to facilitate the reinstallation of the taper attachment if the lathe should ever need to be disassembled.

Figure B
Figure C








After locating the point for the hole to be drilled in the screw anchor block, remove it from the taper attachment in the manner shown in Fig. C. Drill the hole to the diameter of the end of the telescoping screw, or to some other suitable size that you determine. You may want to make it slightly oversize if you have made any errors in finding the point to be drilled. You may also wish to counterbore the hole on both ends to protect the thrust bearings, but this is not a must.

Telescoping Screws

The cross slide screw now has to be anchored to the screw anchor block (Fig. B). This entails making an extension for the screw if it is already the telescoping type, and in addition, making the screw to telescope if it is not the telescoping type. In either case, it is necessary to understand how a telescoping screw works.

A telescoping screw is designed to function with a taper attachment, but when there is no taper attachment present, the screw must be anchored to a block or bearing plate of some sort located on the back side of the saddle. The other end of the screw has a keyway milled in it. This end fits into a mating hole at the end of the crossfeed handle shaft (Fig. C) and is driven by a key when the crossfeed handle is turned.

Sometimes splines replace the key and keyways. When the taper attachment is in use, the screw is free to slide in and out of this hole. It may be well worth the effort expended to find and disassemble a lathe with a telescoping screw in order to gain a thorough understanding of the workings of this type of mechanism.

Making Alterations to a Regular Screw

If you have a regular type screw and wish to alter it, you must cut it in two at a point three to five inches in front of the power feed pinion as shown in Diagram A. Drill a hole in the unthreaded portion of the screw at point B to a depth of a least 4½ inches, and of a diameter small enough to leave a wall thickness of a least one eighth of an inch. Mill a slot in the side of this part of the screw one to three inches long by 3/16 inches wide. Note Diagram B.

Next, take a piece of round stock the diameter of the hole you drilled, and cut it to a length 1½ to 2 inches longer than the depth of that hole. Mill a 3/16 inch keyway in the side of this shaft, then turn one end down and thread it, and screw it into a hole you have drilled and tapered in the cut end of the threaded portion of the screw. Secure the threads with a roll pin, taper pin, lead solder, or some other means to keep them from coming unscrewed during use. When this is done you should have about 4 inches of keyed shaft extending from the threaded part of the screw as shown in Diagram C. This end will slide in the hole drilled in the handle end of the screw, and may be driven by either a T-shaped key inserted from the inside, as is pictured in Diagram D, or it may be driven by a piece of conventional keystock that has been arc-welded into the slot from the outside.

Attach the Telescoping Screw

Now that you have a telescoping screw, you will have to build an extension to attach the screw to the anchor block on the taper attachment as shown in Figure D. One end of a piece of suitably sized round stock is turned down to a diameter and length such that it will pass through the hole drilled in the screw anchor block, and still have space enough for a thrust bearing or washer on each end, and a self-locking nut to hold the assembly together.

Figure D

The other end of the extension is threaded onto the end of the cross slide screw itself, and pinned to keep it from coming unscrewed in use. Figure E shows this pin hole being drilled. The length of the extension must be such that the screw is not restricted in its telescoping action when the taper attachment is in use. This is best measured when the screw anchor block is positioned midway between the two extremes of its telescoping action. The idea is to prevent the screw from either bottoming in the splined or keyed hole in which it slides on the handle end, or from sliding clear out in the other direction, thereby becoming disengaged from the cross slide handle.

After it is reassembled, it should look similar to Fig. F.

Make Bottom Slide Clamp

The next step is to make a clamp to attach the bottom slide to the ways when the taper attachment is in use. Because there are so many different bedway configurations, this clamp must be manufactured on the premises. Often it is easiest to construct the clamp from three or four pieces. First, a piece is milled to fit the ways, and a hole is drilled in it so that a clamping strap might be bolted to it.

Then a three-inch section of round stock is drilled lengthwise to ½ inch. This sleeve is now bolted to the 1/2″ X 13″ tapped hole in the end of the bottom slide. A fourth piece of steel is measured and cut to fit the space between this sleeve and the part that is clamped to the ways. Cut it off and tack it in place with an arc welder, taking care to cover the ways so that the welding splatter will not cause any damage. (Fig. D) Remove the whole assembly and finish welding it together. Grind it and paint it and it is finished. Fig. G shows a clamp similarly constructed using only three pieces.

Calibrate Taper Attachment

Figure E
Figure F








When the installation is complete, you will need to make a mark on the bottom slide at each end to correspond to the calibrations on the top slide. This is done by using a dial indicator to find zero degrees of taper. Put a mandrel in the lathe, holding it between centers, so that it will measure any movement of the cross slide relative to this mandrel. Now, adjust the taper attachment so that the indicator shows no movement when the (Fig. E) saddle is moved lengthwise. (The clamp must be fastened to the ways and the bottom slide while this is being done, just as if you were cutting a taper.) When you have found zero degrees of taper, make a mark on both ends of the bottom slide to correspond with the zero marks on the top slide.

If you should desire to use the taper attachment without altering the regular type screw, you will have to make some kind of link to attach the screw anchor block to the cross slide when the pater attachment is in use. You will have to bolt this directly to the top of the screw anchor block. When this type of arrangement (Fig. F) is used, the crossfeed nut must be disconnected from the cross slide, thereby rendering it impossible to move the cross slide with the crossfeed handle. The compound is now your only adjustment. Needless to say, this is no small inconvenience. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you take the time to alter your cross slide screw if it is not already the telescoping type.

If you have done everything correctly, you are now ready to use your taper attachment. Fig. H. shows a taper of over 4 5/8 inches per foot being cut with the taper attachment pictured.

Please oil your taper attachment before each use, do not abuse it and it will give you years of excellent service.

Figure G
Figure H







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Machine Shop Safety Rules

Heavy machinery can be a great benefit to any workplace. It allows quick and efficient task completion that can save your business time and money. Without proper training though, heavy machinery can be very dangerous.

Here at Uintah Machine, machine shop safety is one of our top priorities. We have compiled a list of machine shop safety rules to help guide you in operating any heavy machinery.

Please note that this list does not substitute formal trainings and should be used only as a supplement for established machine shop safety rules and guidelines.

Rule 1: Never use any machinery you have not been trained on

The first rule on our list of Machine Shop Safety Rules is to never operate any heavy machinery on which you have not been trained. Formal trainings are crucial aspects to maintaining machine safety.

If you attempt to operate a heavy machine without the proper training, not only do you put yourself at risk, but you put everyone around you at risk for workplace injuries and fatalities.

Heavy machinery is capable of extreme damage, so always know how to operate each specific machine before you begin. You will also want to be aware of anyone else that is operating machinery in your shop to confirm that they are qualified to be operating the machines.

Rule 2: Never use heavy machinery when mentally impaired

A major part of machine safety is to ensure that you are in a clear frame of mind before operating any heavy machinery. Being aware and alert is vital to machine safety. Many people believe this rule only applies to the use of drugs or alcohol. These are important- you should never be consuming alcohol or drugs while operating.

However, things like sleep deprivation, sickness, or even stress can also impair your judgement and mental state. Make sure you are always sober and alert before operating any heavy machinery.

Rule 3: Never wear loose clothing, hair, or jewelry

Another thing to remember in your shop safety rules is the type of attire you are wearing. You never want to wear loose clothing to any machine shop as it poses a greater risk of getting caught in the tools. Getting anything caught in heavy machinery that is attached to your body can lead to serious injury or death, so be aware of your clothing.

This also pertains to loose hair or jewelry. Always have your hair pulled back and secured by tucking it into a shirt or collar. You will also want to maintain long beards and remove any jewelry before operating the heavy machinery.

Rule 4: Never remove safety guards

Heavy machinery is manufactured with the inclusion of safety guards for a reason. If you remove or impede a safety guard you are putting yourself and others in danger and disrupting machine safety.

Any moving parts or sparks from a machine can cause harm to you and those around you, so make sure the safety guards are in place and properly working to protect yourself and other workers.

If you are experiencing any problems with machine safeguards, speak to your supervisor immediately to get the issue addressed and fixed. Do not try to operate the machinery before the safety guard is back in place and working.

Rule 5: Keep the work area clean

Never leave your workstation without cleaning the surrounding area of any scraps or liquids. Messy areas are not conducive to machine shop safety and can lead to accidents. Any scraps, sawdust, or solvents can be ignited by sparks and water can conduct electricity.

To avoid any fires or hazards in the shop, make sure each area surrounding any heavy machinery is clear of these objects. If you go to begin operating a machine and notice any miscellaneous items on the ground, clean them up before you begin working to avoid mishaps.

Also make sure you are not standing in water when working with electrical tools.

Rule 6: Report any broken equipment

Broken equipment can be very hazardous, possibly leading to injuries and fatalities. If you notice that a machine is not working correctly or has a broken part, please speak up.

Machine shop safety is extremely important for all those involved and any broken equipment needs to be addressed and fixed by those in charge. Immediately notify your supervisor when you notice irregularities and do not attempt to use the machine until the situation has been addressed and figured out.

Also, make sure the other workers are aware of the situation and also do not attempt to use the machine.

Rule 7: Report any questions or concerns

Last but not least, in order to maintain machine shop safety, always report any questions or concerns you may have to your superior. If you are unsure of how to operate a machine or have a concern about a particular machine or worker, speak up.

This may feel difficult, but in the end you may be helping to avoid a major accident. It is always better to pay attention and notify those in charge for even small matters.

This will protect yourself and others from potential harms and is an important part of shop safety rules.

Safety Matters

Overall, machine shop safety is one of the most important aspects of a business. Heavy machinery can be a huge helping hand for businesses by completing tasks more quickly and easily than exclusively with manpower.

However, without proper shop safety rules, accidents and fatalities are bound to happen. Protect your business and your workers by following these machine shop safety rules.

If any of your machinery is broken or outdated, don’t just wait for an accident to happen, discover how we can help you find the perfect tools and equipment for your business here at Uintah Machine.