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    Southbend if anything...this is gonna go south quickly lol

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    life is short,don't dink around, get something that you won't outgrow anytime soon if ever-

    Lathe - heavy equipment - by owner - sale

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    The South Bend is old and I would consider it marginal unless it is in very good condition. Before buying, check the spindle clearance. If you don't know how, people here will advise you. Properly lubricated, the bearings would last almost forever. Run them short of lube, and you have a lathe shaped piece of junk.

    The Craftsman is shit, worthless. read the posting rules in the sticky section.

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    Depends on what you want to do and your skill level. The SB is ten times better than the Craftsman ever thought to be. Price is very reasonable. Only problems with the SB is what come with it as in chuck, change gears. etc and the wear. Worn headstock bearings, bed and dovetails. Without a 3 or 4 jaw chuck and change gears its not worth much. To buy those on the outside would cost more than the lathe.

    If your skill level is more than basic, the Leblond is a professional grade machine. This one could stay with you for a lifetime. Good machine.

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    9100, I didn't know you had that kind of vocabulary, you're almost normal now.

    I didn't open the links, but I wouldn't waste my time with either one. My pops has a little SB in his garage just for light work. It's junk, and he's a 90 year old Machinist. Absolute garbage. Too bad too, with that badge. I'm not even going to comment on the other thingy.

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    "I'm not even going to comment on the other thingy."
    Because reasons... you're 'justintime' to read this:
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    Looks like the Southbend might have the metric change gears?? If so, there's significant value there.

    Overall, you're going to want to spend another $1000 on tooling, change gears, etc. if all you're getting is what's pictured.

    I'm not quite so down on the Sears lathe as a starter. More dried dung than full out crap to learn on -- if available at a third that cost.

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    Looks like the Southbend might have the metric change gears??
    May be just the double compound they used to make the 9C sort of feed slow
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    That Atlas /craftsman is over priced by 3 X . Hold out for a lathe with a QC box you won't regret it.

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    Put me down under "Neither"

    The SB is the lowest model they sold, and it looks tired.
    The "Other" was a marginal lathe when new. That one is overpriced by at least double.

    Of course, if either came with a pickup load of tooling and accessories, my answer would change. But the A----- would still be overpriced.

    In your area you should be able to find a decent SB or Logan lathe, with tooling, for $1000. Be prepared to pay a bit more for a really nice example with lots of tooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnoder View Post
    May be just the double compound they used to make the 9C sort of feed slow
    Good catch.

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    The C machine is a light duty hobby machine. You can learn turning but not as much fun as having a real machine.
    SB -10 is a real machine but needs change gears, a steady, 4 jaw and a thread dial to be useful.

    Likely for 1000 to $2500 you can get a better machine than those two..

    Machine like this would be far better (But yes likely want a 4jaw so few hundred more)
    Sheldon Lathe - tools - by owner - sale

    *lathes are easy to transport so a few hundred miles drive is better than a second choice lathe.
    Logan 820 lathe machinist - tools - by owner - sale

    10K South Bend Lathe Model A 3-1/2 bed - tools - by owner - sale


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