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South Bend Lathe ID

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11-20-2001 10:43:17

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I recently bought a sorry looking example of what I thought was a 1939 model "A" South Bend Lathe. I've started to strip it down and now need a few parts but having been onto the South Bend web site I'm unable to identify what it is. There is no serial number but it has a Cat# on a plate rivited to the gear housing cover, (9" then 3'1/2 then 409-ZN) From this I have been able to identify it as a 42" model 9". It has a quickchange unit mounted below the headstock but it has only one tumbler changer. The index plate has no space for a serial number or a cat number, it just has the screw speed/TPI numbers. The drive motor assy mounts behind the headstock and it has 3 sizes of pulley, it has "9 1944" stamped on the underside of the bench support brkt. The tailstock has 9 - 51 stamped on the bottom of the tailstock plate I asked the parts contact at South Bend and was told only that it was an early example that they had no parts for !Please help, I can send you a few photo's via email if it helps.

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11-21-2001 06:41:09

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 Re: South Bend Lathe ID in reply to Johnkb, 11-20-2001 10:43:17  
Gentlemen: I have found the fellows at the home machinist website are like the helpful people here at YT! good luck, George

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11-20-2001 21:28:10

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 Re: South Bend Lathe ID in reply to Johnkb, 11-20-2001 10:43:17  
The A,B and C are essentialy the same lathe with varied drives, feeds etc. Here's a few web sites that will help identify parts with a blowup of each assembly. As for getting parts ebay has parts listed by sellers under "business & equipment. Parts for gearboxes, aprons and crossfeed are the same for the 9" and light 10 are the same. Heres the most helpful site, Another is I have a few more but can not find them but now. The gearbox uses a standard brass bushing from ace hdware for the cluster gear shaft, most of the older SB's have slop on this shaft, I made my own however SB lists the shaft at $30.00. Hope this is some help Jake

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11-20-2001 12:32:18

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 Re: South Bend Lathe ID in reply to Johnkb, 11-20-2001 10:43:17  
What you have is a South Bend Model A, lathe with a 9" swing a 3-1/2 ft bed. Your catalog no. is 409-ZN. The info is correct, I have a model A with 4-1/2 ft bed,9" swing. my cat # is 444R. Parts are hard to come by. The catalog # basically identifies the setup of your lathe. like bed length, gearing setup etc..Sorry I could not be of more help..

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Neal in NM

11-20-2001 19:53:52

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 Re: Re: South Bend Lathe ID in reply to Tom-Pa, 11-20-2001 12:32:18  
Where did you get that info? I have a S.B. lathe which South Bend doesn't want to talk to me about. It took a lot of coaxing to get them to admit it was made by them! I have narrowed it down to being built between 1906 and 1908 but they say they have no info on it.

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