Hoping our South Bend experts can tell me anything on this 9" Precision, Model A, Cat#444R, serial #845NAR7, 4 1/2.........Thank you all
I can almost guarantee that the lathe was made in 1947, as that S/N is just slightly later than the one for my 9A (232NAR7), which was made in March of 1947.
Try getting in touch with Leblond - www.leblondusa.com
They have info based on the serial number
You can also look for the casting date on the inside of the bed, below the ways. On each of my lathes it's at both ends. Of course, the castings would take a while before being manufactured and sold, but I like to think of the casting date as a birthday of sorts. I wound up with an 11" that has the exact same "birthday" as mine, plus 40 years.
To: Paula,Blob,JHowell.........Thank you for your SPEEDY assistance........DannyB