Thanks to the many suggestions from South Bend Forum members, here is a list of helpful links for South Bend machine owners and enthusiasts. If you know of any more that should be added to this list, please post to the thread linked above.
Begin Your Journey
>Get your serial card here< - Use your serial# to get a copy of the original serial card that was printed when the lathe order was received. On it, you will get info regarding date of manufacture, who it was originally sold to, special options, etc. The cost is currently $25 for , and can be accessed on-line. You will need your serial number. For lathes, this number can usually be found on the extreme right end of the front bedway:
Serial Numbers Wanted - Add your serial#, model#, and date shipped to Steve Wells' data base. If possible, attach a copy of serial card and a pic of your machine.
Steve Wells' Serial# Data Base Here
South Bend Specific Manuals and Publications
The SBL Workshop - This is the excellent website of forum-member Steve Wells ("swells"). You'll find loads of vintage SBL literature, feed screw parts/service, and repair instructions, restoration pictures, and more. Please donate once a year to help the site.
Vintage Machinery, South Bend Publications - A wonderful collection of literature. Going to the Manufacture Index there, you can search the history and publications on a great many machines. Please donate once a year to help the site.
WEWilliams - Excellent on-line collection of vintage South Bend literature, from a Practical Machinist forum-member and former Tape Monkey. Other machine tool brands also featured.
Lathes.co.uk - Excellent website of historical data/pictures for South Bend lathes (plus many other brands).
PARTS & ACCESSORIES
Sooner or later (usually sooner!) everyone needs parts for their South Bend machine. It almost goes without saying that eBay is the great parts clearing house. Though good parts, and the occasional bargain, can still be had, it's definitely a case of Buyer Beware. There are sellers (and buyers) out there that your mother would not approve of.
Steve Brooks - Steve is a staple on this forum. Known for his turnkey felt kits. He also offers lubricants and other restoration goodies for South Bends. He has an eBay and Amazon store.
eBay: stevewb | eBay Stores
SBLatheman - Email him at [email protected] for prices and availability. SB Forum member "SBLatheman" (Ted) has a large stock of NOS parts to help with your repair/restoration.
Miller Machine & Fabrication - Web link is down. Call 1 618 946-0793. Leave a message, he'll call back. Test Bars and spindle adapters, also highly regarded supplier of repro machine parts, primarily replacement feed screws and nuts. They also offer headstock spindle restoration.
South Bend Recommended Lubricants - Brad Jacob's thread on South Bend lubes.
Lost Creek Machine - A variety of machine parts including South Bend.
Brass Oiling Hole Plugs - Forum member Dennis Turk is reproducing the brass-ball oiling hole plugs for the older lathes. Also see this link for a more recent source.
Baltimore Belting - Good source for custom-made flat belts.
Bolt Depot - No South Bend parts, but a nice place to purchase standard fasteners in small quantities.
Other Helpful Information
Evaluating A Lathe - David Fickenâ€™s hard-hitting treatise on buying a used lathe, aimed at the inexperienced buyer. Start your Lathe Quest here. Also recommended: Inspecting A Used Milling Machine for prospective mill purchasers, and In Praise of Klunkers(sic) for getting the most from your worn lathe.
Lindsay Books - Reprints of â€œHow To Run A Latheâ€�, the South Bend lathe userâ€™s manual, a copy of which was included with virtually every South Bend lathe ever made. Highly recommended reading.
Ozark Woodworker - Quality reprints of South Bend machine manuals.
How To Use A Lathe - Not to be confused with â€œHow To Run A Latheâ€�, this is a highly-detailed online instructional treatise. Great for the beginner. Sponsored by American Machine Tools Company.
Shopswarf - Useful machining and general shop data.
Reversing & Repair of Electric Motors - The title says it all.
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