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Old 01-20-2016, 06:17 PM
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Default New-to-me 9"x36" South Bend Lathe

Long time, no post for me. Finally have a garage to fill with tools. I happened across this while I was browsing Craigslist the other day after having to use a hacksaw and drill press to cut short pieces of bushing to rough length for a project. I probably spent too much, but it is in excellent shape, and machine tools seem hard to come by around here; about 0.001" runout on the spindle, and there is almost zero backlash on the cross slide and compound. Ways have minimal if any wear and just a few dings. I don't think it was used very much. Serial number comes back as 1944. Yes, I have the motor and jackshaft (?) and just about everything else I need to use it once I have something to bolt it to.

I'll probably have a series of dumb questions once I get started on cleaning it up and getting it going, just like I did with my Dad's Atlas a few years ago.
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Old 01-20-2016, 07:25 PM
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AAAHHH tooling next. Now comes the expensive part.
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I think that's an 'A', model B had power cross feed, and C has the quick change gear box.

I have most of the parts around here somewhere for about one and a half of them..... Gotta figure out what I'm gonna do with them sometime soon.

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Old 01-20-2016, 07:47 PM
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I was taught on B model in high school.
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Nice little lathe! I just bought my son a model C last year.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:04 PM
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I have a C as my smallest lathe it is a little light for serious work but has been a workhorse for me you will engoy it as it is an excelent machine to learn on.
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Serial number comes back as 1944.
Nice little lathe. Where did you find the info about the serial number? I've been trying to find out about my ancient South Bend for years. The serial number on it is 1059 or 1159. I can't remember exactly.

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Old 01-21-2016, 06:25 AM
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Nice little lathe. Where did you find the info about the serial number? I've been trying to find out about my ancient South Bend for years. The serial number on it is 1059 or 1159. I can't remember exactly.

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A bunch of googling eventually led me to this. Another site had an equation that you could use to get within a year. They both came up with the same year.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:46 AM
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Nice score...I have a S/B 13 X 60 that I use for hotrod parts. Production Tool will be your new friend.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:21 PM
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Thanks guys!

Now, time to pick the collective brains of those more experienced than I. I did not get any sort of stand/base/cabinet with it, so I'll need to make something before I can use it. If you were building something to put this on, what would you do? I have the tools for either steel or wood construction. I've probably got a few months to figure this out since I need to finish a half-dozen other projects first.
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