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Details about  9" South Bend METAL TURNING LATHE Screwcutting Machine Tool Chuck Model Engineer

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9" South Bend METAL TURNING LATHE Screwcutting Machine Tool Chuck Model Engineer
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20 Apr, 2013 19:37:41 BST
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LUDLOW, Shropshire, United Kingdom


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Last updated on  12 Apr, 2013 16:15:03 BST  View all revisions

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Used: An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
9" South Bend Metal Turning Lathe + Accessories

Here we have a lovely 9" x 24" Metal Turning Screwcutting Lathe by South Bend with bench and accessories, believed to be manufactured in 1943 by this quality US manufacturer, but still in good order with little (if any) play in bearings and slides. Single phase 240v motor and excellent belt-tensioning clutch arrangement makes this a very usable machine - please don't waste your money on Chinese rubbish!

Full details below, but first here's a demo video showing the lathe:

The lathe comes complete with a 5" 3-jaw automatic chuck (plus set of reverse jaws) all in very good order, an independent 4-jaw chuck, chuck keys, allen keys for 4-way tool post, several cutters, tailstock dead centre (MT2), a large assortment of changewheels (13 off in addition to those currently fitted on the machine), and a brand new spare flat drive belt with several joiners.

The electric motor is a more modern single phase unit by Clarke, and has a two speed belt drive to the correct matching 3-way pulley, which in combination with the headstock backgear arrangement gives 12 speeds in total. The belt-tensioning clutch is very effective and rather usefully means the motor can be left running whilst engaging the leadscrew, inspecting and measuring the workpiece etc. The leadscrew can be used for screwcutting and power feeding the carriage for uniform cutting in either direction according to a control lever.

The homemade bench/stand is included but a little wobbly and hence really needs to be bolted to the wall of your workshop or shed, or otherwise braced to give it some rigidity, although it does come with integral tool drawer. I also have a twin spotlight the winning bidder can have too if required (not pictured).

The lathe appears in excellent condition for its age - there is no play apparent in the headstock bearings nor carriage/saddle slides. There is a little backlash on the compound and cross slides but that is true for any used lathe (the play in the compound appears to be end float in the leadscrew rather than the nut, so this could easily be shimmed out). Would seem to have had an easy life, and I understand has spent most of its time turning wood. Some surfaces still have wood dust covering them, and others old grease, so would benefit from going over with paraffin. Usual odd chips to the paintwork here and there, but this paintwork appears original and so has survived quite well for its age. There is the odd area of light surface rust to clean up with emery from some surfaces from storage but really nothing major.

Please see very detailed photos and ideally my demonstration video above - given the age of the item I have to sell 'as seen'. Viewing in person prior to the end of the auction is no problem at all - please contact me if you wish to arrange a visit, although note the auction will be running to the end to be fair to all - no buy it now offers please!

Since making the video I have researched the serial number (139198) and believe the lathe was manufactured in 1943. There are a few other documented examples of war time machines marked W.E.F., with theories that these were the initials of the person who scraped the bed, or perhaps inspected the machine for toolroom accuracy. Either way, it was probable the lathe was purchased from South Bend by the US government and then provided to Britain under the lend lease program in existence at time. I understand the US navy were also a major customer of these machines from South Bend, the versatility of the lathe making them ideal for use in their workshops on board ships.

Collect-in-person and hence UK bidders only please. Lathe is located a few miles west of Ludlow on South Shropshire / North Herefordshire border.

Collection can be made almost anytime, but please note cash on collection is very much preferred, and the winning bidder would ideally collect within 7 days of the auction ending.

Sold as seen in detailed in video and photos below:

On 12-Apr-13 at 16:15:03 BST, seller added the following information:

To answer some common questions:

Overall Size: The maximum length of the lathe excluding the bench is 46" (117cm). The worksurface on top of the bench measures 52.5" long (134cm) by 23.5" deep (60cm) but since it overhangs at the ends the top could be cut down a little if needed to suit your workshop space available.

With the motor and drive assembly removed (two bolts and a pin to split the belt) whilst heavy the lathe can be lifted by two people, one each end, whilst still mounted to the bench top if need be. I can provide assistance loading onto or into your vehicle. The lathe and motor should fit in an estate car or similar with the seats down, but the bench base may be a bit tight for height and require dismantling to fit, else you could bring a trailer or small van.

Workshop Manuals: I've managed to find a bundle of re-printed information booklets of manuals originally published by South Bend in the 30s and 40s. These are now included with the lathe, and contain a wealth of valuable information, particularly useful for screwcutting changewheels in absence of a plate on the machine. Booklets include "9 inch South Bend Precision Lathes Catalog 9-G" (South Bend lathe and accessories), "How to Cut Screw Threads in the Lathe", and Bulletins H1 – H4 ("Keep Your Lathe Clean", "Oiling the Lathe", "Installation and Leveling of the Lathe", and "Keep Your Lathe in Trim"). From a photocopy of the original sales brochure it appears my example is a 9" Model C please see photos below:

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