Picked this up about a month ago…..10″ swing and a 4′ bed……..vintage 1953. So now between this and the bridgeport no part should ever be “unobtainium”…………I’ll just make it.
*Decent lathes seem to be a dime a dozen on Craigs, the South Bend 9″ lathes, just a bit smaller than this one, are very plentiful. If you’ve been on the fence about getting one, jump off the fence………this is a VERY handy machine. They are easy to move, no where near the pain in the ass that a Bridgeport is to move, it only takes about fifteen minutes to disassemble a lathe this size into about six major components for transport. And now that I’ve made a few parts I would strongly recommend finding a machine with a quick change gearbox…….it just makes things far quicker, especially threading. A fantastic resource / reference for purchasing and operating a lathe is a gent on YouTube called
“mrpete222”, nicknamed Tubalcain. Mr Pete is a retired shop teacher and produces great machine work videos, keeps them short and to the point, just a wealth of information on all things machining.
Just need to wire up with a VFD……no more phase converter noise.
Purchased from a retired Naval Engineer, it’s in amazing shape. We disassembled it to get it out of his basement………..everything but the large base went into the back seat of the zombie-killer.
Quick change gear box and lead screw.
And the bed.