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    Default Which Series Letter is this 1940 13" x 6' lathe?

    I purchased this lovely lathe in Seattle @ 1975. It was lightly used in an electric motor shop, mainly for turning commutators. It has served me well for 45 years, model making, restoring motorcycles, and all manner of maintenance tasks. The images below show the SBL serial card, and several views of the lathe. I simply am unable to determine which series it is. My suspicion is "O". Can someone help clear this up for me?

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    Not an "O" - wrong apron

    Its on page 5 here. If I'm not mistaken, I think Mr. Wells titles his link to this catalog R & S Models

    http://www.wswells.com/data/catalog/...elist_23-A.pdf

    Other catalogs here

    The SBL Workshop

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    It is an R, S, or T, but there is not much difference between them. Mostly tweaks to the headstock I guess.

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    I have a series S 13" machine shipped in 1943 The difference IS in the headstock.The smooth top bearing cap is the give away.It indicates the cast iron spindle bearings of series S.The spindle its self also has a mirror finish.My serial card has 107 in the headstock box yours is a 104S.Not simelar,but the smooth caps and the side oilers are the same.The catalog that is identified as number 52 in the bunch of S Wells stuff is the one to look at.It has a dark red background.
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    Thanks all for your thoughtful guidance. This is a big help, and the information you have provided is much appreciated.
    Ciao, DC

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    How is that tool tray attached?

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    Hi Dick,
    Here is a download link for you, this catalog is not listed on the website. It's a large download, it will take a while.
    this is the revised catalog 100, the "A" version that shows the new S-series lathes, your very early S-series Pedestal Drive 13 is listed on catalog page 32. On the PDF counter it's page 34.

    http://www.wswells.com/download/1941-cat-100a.pdf

    Enjoy,
    Steve

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    S-series 13 specs are on page 28

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    How is that tool tray attached?
    Two flat head machine screws tapped into the gear box housing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swells View Post
    Hi Dick,
    Here is a download link for you, this catalog is not listed on the website. It's a large download, it will take a while.
    this is the revised catalog 100, the "A" version that shows the new S-series lathes, your very early S-series Pedestal Drive 13 is listed on catalog page 32. On the PDF counter it's page 34.

    http://www.wswells.com/download/1941-cat-100a.pdf

    Enjoy,
    Steve
    Many thanks for the link to the catalog.It shows both my WW2 vintage SBL machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3vyl View Post
    Two flat head machine screws tapped into the gear box housing.
    Same as the 16" Tool Room Lathe

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3vyl View Post
    Two flat head machine screws tapped into the gear box housing.
    Not the tool tray on top of the QCGB, but the one suspended above the headstock. It looks like the stilts on the left end are pieces of hex rod stuck down in a socket head cap screw.

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    Now I see that one.The two supports on the left appear to be in the gear guard mounting holes.The one on the right may also be using the gear guard mounting hole at the back. I'm looking at my machine and the post photos.Maybe the OP will comment.


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