1958 south bend model number
hey guy's i,m loking to find the model number for my lathe that I broke and i have a couple of questions regarding the model number is the page 544 significant to this I don/t have a manual it.s a 4 1/2 length with a 9 inch chuck v belt driven unit seems i/ve shelled the gear changer to my lead screw and i'm hurtin for parts
I don't know much, but I'll try to pass along what little I know about model numbers.
This page on the South Bend Lathe website tells you a lot about model number logic. Model numbers are pretty straight forward on 1958, but you still have to do some sleuthing to figure it out:
South Bend Lathe Co.
The best way to get your model number for sure is to pay for it. You can order a copy of your original serial number card for your lathe on this page - I think it costs $20 - $25.:
South Bend Lathe Co.
You give them your serial number - it's found at the tailstock end of the bed, between the flat way and the V way right next to it. The card is actually a pretty cool keepsake - it shows the original order date, manufacture date, the original customer, model number, and all the original options that were shipped with your lathe. I keep a copy in a three ring binder along with receipts and all the manuals I've downloaded from Steve Wells' excellent site: The SBL Workshop - Home. You might want his parts lists to figure out what you want to order to fix your lathe.
Hope this helps, a little.
I re-read, and I'm not sure I understood your question. What do you need the model for?
My guess is that the Catalog number is 544 for your lathe, looking at the SB site. DOuble check to be sure.
The MODEL of your lathe is either A, B, or C.
As I understand it:
Model A has a quick change gearbox with levers to change gears.
Model B & C - you have to remove and replace the gears to change feeds & threads.
Model B has power feed and halfnut threading
Model C has half nut threading, and hand feed. (I don't think they made Model C in 1958, but I'm not sure)
according to the information I have, the 544 indicates a " model A, V-Belt Horizontal Motor Drive Bench Lathes ".
A little confused, Unclmonk indicates that he has a 9-inch chuck. Is that a mistake?