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Title: New toy
Post by: NE Brownstone on October 14, 2014, 08:42:25 AM
I know this is not really the place to post about my newest vintage toy, but the paint job is worth checking out if you plan of modeling a machine shop.  (Russ, feel free to move this if it is in the wrong forum)  Not sure what year the last paint job was applied, but that green with black trim was in vogue at sometime because it seems like every old machine I've ever owned came in that color scheme.  That, or there was a warehouse of mismatched paint that someone was able to sell to every machine shop out there. 

13 x 36 Southbend  It was last used in a foundry pattern shop.  That's why there is wood screwed to the faceplate.  Why use a metal lathe for wood?  More accuracy.    It also came with a couple more face plates and a toolbox full of wood turning tools, albeit, most were made from old files.

The gear-motor is shot, but the rest of the machine is fairly tight.  It has a backgear, which as far as I'm concerned worth the $400 I paid for the machine.  It also has a powered cross-slide.  Something that is rare on most new lathes that are less than a couple grand.

In the picture it is on its skid, on the trailer waiting to be skidded off.  Egyptian style.


below. The heart pounding moment the skid goes over the edge.  I had it tied off so it couldn't go too far. 

Yeah!  The eagle has landed.  After touchdown it is simply a matter of dragging the trailer out from underneath.

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: lab-dad on October 14, 2014, 11:54:30 AM
When can I borrow it?

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: finescalerr on October 14, 2014, 12:47:51 PM
Seems an appropriate place for your post; I'm not too picky about categories. Excellent reference shots. -- Russ

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: NE Brownstone on October 14, 2014, 01:31:04 PM
Hey Marty, next time you are in town you can swing on by and "pick it up".  Ha ha ha!   

Russ, good.  I figured the peeling paint with 50+ years of dust would entice someone here.  Mmmmmm, dirt.

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: Terry Harper on October 14, 2014, 04:13:01 PM
Very nice!

I have a 13"x5' South Bend from 1943. Its old and nasty looking but works like a charm.
I traded out the 3 phase 440 motor for a 220 single phase that came with the lathe.


And yes..... I use it for pattern work

for this:

Best regards,


Title: Re: New toy
Post by: Stoker on October 14, 2014, 06:31:25 PM
Great stuff, I am a sucker for old machinery. I bet that little brass tag on Terry's machine says" War Finish".  That silvery-grey dappled color was apparently something deemed not needed for war material. I had an old Browne & Sharp internal grinder I picked up for nothing but sweat and a pinch bar that I converted into a tenoning jig many years ago that had that same "War Finish", when most pre-war machinery was green. Most of the manufacturers went with a mild grey color after the war for some reason.  Thanks for sharing guys.

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: Chuck Doan on October 15, 2014, 07:22:50 PM
Great stuff you guys!

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: Ray Dunakin on October 15, 2014, 08:27:44 PM

Terry, what is that you're making?

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: NORCALLOGGER on October 15, 2014, 10:11:57 PM

Terry, what is that you're making?

Cat 60 engine????

Title: Re: New toy
Post by: SandiaPaul on October 16, 2014, 05:48:50 AM
Terry is making this:


Funny the number of people you run across on different forums....