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Old 02-14-2017, 07:09 PM
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The SBL Workshop aka "Steve Wells site" has the most complete collection of information on South Bend Lathes that I have seen.

He has collected a large number of manuals that include information on maintenance and lubrication, and you can download them for free.

I don't recognize the 3 newer blue lathes.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:41 PM
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I would hate to see someone get hurt. Do you have any experience with running a lathe? How long have these lathes been idol? Do you have any knowledge of electrical wiring and switch gear? How did you get this job? Are there any machines other than lathes? Where about in Wisconsin are you?
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:10 PM
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Know where the disconnects are and know how to verify power off, LOTO is you closest friend in an environment like a school.

Those old southbends are awesome, Leather belts are forgiving for the new kids. ( I wonder how I know that?)

Make yourself known to the industrial supply houses around the area, find a friendly sales person that has a penchant for those teaching the trade and they may have a way to provide you repair parts for a significant discount.

Yes, where in WI are you. My oldest son is up that way.

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Old 02-15-2017, 12:57 PM
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On the SB's, look down to the far right end of the forward way. There will be a series of numbers and letters as a manf code from SB which will/should give you specific informations for ordering parts as needed for that lathe. Each lathe will/might be a little different in some aspects.

Keep a maintenance file on each. IT WILL HELP.
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Old 02-15-2017, 01:04 PM
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I do have experience on the lathes and there are a few drill presses and a milling machine, and I'm in Sauk county.
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