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    Default vintage south bend lathe

    new to the forum. new to machining.
    found a 1936 south bend 15" x 6", motor over lathe.
    no original documentation or specs.
    sold in Connecticut October 1936. serial # 60,638. catalog # 888-C. have only found evidence of 1 other similar lathe. (15 inch throw seems very uncommon for 1936). bought every reference I can find on line. (nothing specific to that machine). looking for some direction/advice on other sources of info, level of difficulty finding parts for restoration, etc.
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    Mac

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    Pics or it does not exist !

    Check out post #7, 8, and #17 for how to post pics:
    1956 ... new toy

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    Yep! Pics or it didn’t happen!

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    Here's a boat load of information. Make sure you check out "How to Run a Lathe".

    South Bend Lathe Works - Publication Reprints | VintageMachinery.org

    Ted

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    Could be Series O

    Could be Series N

    Maybe later than either

    Good photos of carriage apron will tell the tale

    Here is "N" apron

    sb-n-apron.jpg

    ON EDIT:

    Turns out to be Series O Tool Room - see top of page 13 here

    http://www.wswells.com/data/catalog/...934_cat_94.pdf

    have fun

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    Thanks Ted. Great resource. I have “how to run”

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    For good install and maintenance information, be sure to check out the docs H-1, H-2, H-3 and H-4. Shows how to oil, level, adjust head stock bearings, etc.. Must know information!

    Have fun!
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    H4 is partially applicable as to adjusting spindle bearings on the Series O - which have none of the fancy 1946 stuff discussed. Cap bolts and heavy wall bronze bearings - hopefully with some shims left


    Quote Originally Posted by Technical Ted View Post
    For good install and maintenance information, be sure to check out the docs H-1, H-2, H-3 and H-4. Shows how to
    oil, level, adjust head stock bearings, etc.. Must know information!

    Have fun!
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    finally pulled the trigger on the 15"
    I figure it will take a year to restore
    It turns out to be a 1934 sold in 36


    lathe-3.jpglathe-1.jpglathe-2.jpglathe-4.jpg

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    Where would I find docs H1-H4?
    Mac

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcallister View Post
    Where would I find docs H1-H4?
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    Down near bottom here

    South Bend Lathe Works - Publication Reprints | VintageMachinery.org

    have fun

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    Thanks
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    trying to figure out how to power my 1934 15 X 6 south bend lathe. It was initially powered by overhead shaft. I would need to find another cone pulley and power source...or. I have a 2 HP motor with Variable speed drive and 2 inch flat pulley for my 2 X 72 grinder. looks to me like that that set up might work. Does anyone have experience with that sort of thing?

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    '34 (linked in Post #5) catalog says it went 20 to 579 for the 8 speeds. That is about it for top end on those Bronze bearings

    trying to figure out how to power my 1934 15 X 6 south bend lathe

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    You might try South bend lathes. I believe they have a card for every lathe they ever made and sold. $25 I think for a reprint of the card. Don’t know about parts availability. You probably will get some practice making parts.LOL

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    Just thought I would add to this. I have a 13X56 south bend that I am in need of a large dial cross feed bushing for. If anyone is aware of that part please let me know. Not sure how to set up the PM but i will try to keep track of the forum from here on out to. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwings View Post
    Just thought I would add to this. I have a 13X56 south bend that I am in need of a large dial cross feed bushing for. If anyone is aware of that part please let me know. Not sure how to set up the PM but i will try to keep track of the forum from here on out to. Thanks.
    I have the bushing.
    Send me an email
    Ted
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcallister View Post
    finally pulled the trigger on the 15"
    I figure it will take a year to restore
    It turns out to be a 1934 sold in 36


    lathe-3.jpglathe-1.jpglathe-2.jpglathe-4.jpg
    Just check it out and make sure everything is okay, then run with it! Making it pretty, while nice, doesn't make it work any better (yeah, I get a bit jealous of the pretty ones though )


    Quote Originally Posted by rmcallister View Post
    trying to figure out how to power my 1934 15 X 6 south bend lathe. It was initially powered by overhead shaft. I would need to find another cone pulley and power source...or. I have a 2 HP motor with Variable speed drive and 2 inch flat pulley for my 2 X 72 grinder. looks to me like that that set up might work. Does anyone have experience with that sort of thing?
    My 11" is set up with a bench top type drive as you see in the (crummy) picture:




    The also made a few other drives, one with the motor over head, a floor mounted motor/pivot arm, and a wall mounted system. Just figure out which you'd like to go with and start collecting parts. FWIW, SBLatheman might be able to help.

    -Ron

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    Just sent you an email. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBLatheman View Post
    I have the bushing.
    Send me an email
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    Just sent you another email. Wasn’t sure the first one got through since I hadn’t heard anything. Thought maybe it got lost in the shuffle. That has been happening here for a while. Don


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