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    I'm looking for info on the 9L. One for sale, wondering if it might be worth the 3 hour drive to look at it. Been looking for a larger spindle bore to complement my 9A, no luck with 10L's or 13's in my neck of the woods. Almost settled on a '80's Taiwanese Jet- but decided to keep looking for a bit longer.

    This one is equipped with factory riser blocks to 12" swing (so, a plus over the 10L). Advertised, as tight and accurate.

    https://images.craigslist.org/00T0T_...w_1200x900.jpg

    Aside from the obvious concerns over bed/gears/half-nut wear I'd have on any used machine wondering if additional concern is warranted with

    single tumbler gearbox- I've read they're more problematic/subject to wear than double tumblers?
    Headstock construction- type of bearings? lubrication?

    When was this lathe produced?

    I know anything can be "made", but given that parts are likely not interchangeable with any other SB, and these are soooo uncommon- getting any replacement parts will be unobtainium.

    Which is why, much as I might be tempted to check it out, I'm thinking this might not be a great choice for a working shop lathe. Anyone care to talk me into it?

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    Here is catalog from 1938 - thanks to Mr. Wells

    http://www.wswells.com/data/catalog/...cat_bl_29b.pdf

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    Actually a great little machine. Sort of like a vest pocket 10L but then yours has the
    riser blocks. Never seen those on a heavy 9. The one you show has a non-standard
    base (probably orignally was set up like mine with legs on the right side.
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    Nice looking machine, large dial was a modification?

    It's exactly what I'm looking for...but knowing that I won't be able to source any parts is a big deal to me given that i can't fully evaluate (without a partial teardown, which can't be done pre-purchase) it's condition.

    Thanks for the replies. I'll update if i decide to go take a look at it.

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    most all the parts are same as 10L...excepting the obvious castings.

    biggest challenge is steady/follow rests, but that isn't really a big deal either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwananew10K View Post
    most all the parts are same as 10L...excepting the obvious castings.

    biggest challenge is steady/follow rests, but that isn't really a big deal either.
    Huh. I thought those just came with when you bought the lathe......



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