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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Nashua Iowa

    Metal Lathe

    I have wanted one of these for a long, long, time. It must have set for years without anything ever being touched. I just started scrapping crud off from the ways with a paint scraper. Anyway it is mine and it has a quick change gear box and for $100 US I am a very happy camper.
    It took two of us just to slide it in the shop.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Looks like maybe an old South Bend. Intended to run (originally) on a flat belt from an overhead main shaft, you'll either need to find some replacement sheaves (pulleys) for it, or else find/make a flat wheel sheave for your motor, and get a harness shop to make up a belt for you.

    It'll be a great lathe when you get it up and running.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    You're going to have fun getting that back running again. Nice find

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Sweet score, i have also wanted a metal lathe still looking.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Nice looking piece of history there! We'll definitely be watching as you get it working!
    Love thy neighbor, yet pull down not thy hedge.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That is on my list as well, almost spent the money for the little lathes at HF many times, but really want something a little larger. Nice score!

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Nashua Iowa
    It does look like an old South Bend, but I am not sure it is. I haven't tried to clean the plate yet. If it is, it is an older one than the ones I learned on in school back in 1960. That was the start of me making a living as a tool and die maker for the next 50 or more years. So now I have come full circle.
    The motor mount must weigh 100 pounds with the motor on it. It is cast and bolts to the floor, is hinged and is fastened to the late with turnbuckles. I have everything I need except for the belt. And we have a lot of Amish living close by.

    It will take some time to get it running. I am building a work bench for my grandson for Christmas. I will post some pictures if anyone is interested in the process. And now my wife and I have a store that we open one week end a month. That is interesting because I move stuff out of the store into my shop so We can be open and then reverse it so I can get in my shop to work.
    Pictures of the store.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    My kind of store.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    Looks similar to the one I used in college. Quit making me feel so old

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