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  1. WTB Replacement bed for 1937-1940 model SB 13x38 tool room lathe

    We’ll try this again.
    I have bought an old, very worn SB 13” lathe. Bed is approx 5’ long, lathe swings anout 36” between centers. I’ve considered re-grinding mine, but it’s really to far gone...
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    Finally, First chips in MY OWN SHOP,!

    Finally got down to making some chips in my shop. Worked for 35 years in other folks shops, finally got a place of my own. Little South Bend 13(serial number says between 1937 and 1940 model) and a...
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    There used to be somebody in Fredericksburg doing...

    There used to be somebody in Fredericksburg doing this. Anybody know if they still exist?
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    Ok. Enlighten me. Commerce?

    Ok. Enlighten me. Commerce?
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    Re-grinding the bed on my South Bend 13

    I recently retired and am in the process of setting up a small shop at my home. Something to keep my hand in.
    Part of this has been a South Bend 13x36 lathe. Serial numbers indicate it’s a...
  6. I too have a SB 13. Mine is only about 36” long...

    I too have a SB 13. Mine is only about 36” long bed, and has a taper attachment. In reading up on the South Bend lathes, I’m told that this configuration was known as the “ toolroom” model. I’ll need...
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    Good to know. I'm far from fluent in electrical...

    Good to know. I'm far from fluent in electrical issues. This little tidbit could have been an expensive mistake.
    On another related note, should I "overbuild" my system with a bigger RPC than what...
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    The mill I have has a vary drive in the head, so...

    The mill I have has a vary drive in the head, so I really don't need variable speed. The lathes I've been looking at all have transmissions, with multiple speeds built in, so I really don't see the...
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    LTB 3 phase converter.

    I'm interested in a three phase converter, sufficient to run a Bridgeport type mill. Figures out to be about three horsepower. I'm NOT what you would call "electrically fluent" so bear with me. I've...
  10. I was gonna say, before TC beat me to the punch,...

    I was gonna say, before TC beat me to the punch, this problem has been approached by Okuma I know, and I figure likely many others, with a harmonic speed variation program, which does the same thing...
  11. I have NOTHING to add. This has been one of the...

    I have NOTHING to add. This has been one of the more educational threads I have followed, and has reinforced my opinion that ,even after 35+ years in this, there is a whole lotta stuff regarding it...
  12. I was thinking the same thing. Sweet machine....

    I was thinking the same thing. Sweet machine. Price appears to be fair. Obviously been babied and well kept. Too far for me though.
  13. Read through quite a few of the responses, most...

    Read through quite a few of the responses, most were a variation of the first thing that came to mind. At your stage in the game, ride it out till they fold up their chairs and go home. They surely...
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    Boy! Talk about cutting their nose off to spite...

    Boy! Talk about cutting their nose off to spite their face! Just throwing away three years of investment in training. And in multiple cases! Wow. Sounds like an extreme disconnect between bean...
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    We are sort of in a desert as far as machinists...

    We are sort of in a desert as far as machinists go, so we are almost forced to bring in entry level people, most barely out of high school. The closest tech school that makes any effort concerning...
  16. Got two machines with the "O" control. One is an...

    Got two machines with the "O" control. One is an OiMB, the other is an OiMD. THe "B" model is, of course, several years older, and has this same problem. It is on a Chevalier(Falcon) machine, linear...
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    Salty were they? Used to have an old fellow...

    Salty were they?
    Used to have an old fellow locally by the name of June Carroll. Talk about a grouch! He OWNED the place and was very likely to tell you to stick it, whether you were buying or...
  18. You now have a documentable discrepancy. If YOUR...

    You now have a documentable discrepancy. If YOUR gauge has been calibrated recently, as I would expect, I'd have an outside source check, confirm, and document your findings ON THE BAD GAUGE, send...
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    I'm gonna steal that procedure. Never ran into...

    I'm gonna steal that procedure. Never ran into this particular problem, closest I've gotten is an 03A3 receiver. They are case hardened, which gets to top "crust" wicked hard. But a carbide drill...
  20. THAT's what I was looking for. Electrical is NOT...

    THAT's what I was looking for. Electrical is NOT my forte, as I'm sure is evident. But this sounds exactly like what I was looking for. I will check into the solutions you have mentioned deeper.
    I...
  21. I need some help converting A/C current to D/C current.

    I was able to scavenge an electric motor from a treadmill. 2.8 HP Treadmill [email protected] 130 VDC. 2.0 HP [email protected] VDC/1492 Watts.
    Unfortunately, the circuitry internal to the treadmill that converted...
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    Converting AC voltage to DC voltage?

    I have a little project for the shop at home. Trying to build a belt sander. I have a 115 V DC treadmill motor that I would like to use. This would facilitate varying the speed , making it much...
  23. Thread: Retiring

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    All I can say is that at $15 an hour, he's...

    All I can say is that at $15 an hour, he's blowing smoke on all that on his resume.I start green kids in Hell ON Earth For Machinists that high. And can't find any takers. I gave up counting years...
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    Being a big fellow(6'5" 300+ country boy) I...

    Being a big fellow(6'5" 300+ country boy) I always thought I could move anything if I could get my hands on it. 356# stick of thick wall tubing, up off the tailgate of the Central Freight truck,...
  25. Thread: Retiring

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    It puzzled me for years how a college degree,...

    It puzzled me for years how a college degree, even a liberal arts degree, could be the difference between getting hired or not even getting interviewed. There is the obvious exhibit of persistence...
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