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Re: Machinery Pics

To: "Mark J. Andy" <>
Subject: Re: Machinery Pics
From: "William Engle, Sr." <>
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 22:28:33 -0500
The segmented belt is a universal length belt, you can just remove one 
or more segments to shorten the belt.

Mark J. Andy wrote:

> Howdy,
> So, pictures of the 'new' lathe & drillpress can be found at:
> &
> If you're interested in just the overall machines, check out:
> The lathe in particular is kinda neat.  Its a South Bend 9" Workshop C
> model.  The serial number is 86343, and the south bend website says this
> about 'em: "The earliest records show that lathes were numbered
> sequentially, beginning with 700, in July, 1910, and ending with 186,514
> March, 1947."  It was made after 1935, because thats when the 9" Workshop
> lathe came out.
> Still, kinda neat that I have a tool older than my dad.  :-)
> Its also got the 4.5' bed, which is supposedly pretty rare.  I dunno if
> that's "rare, but anyone can find one if they want one" or "rare, and if
> you have one I'll give you a million dollars".  I kinda suspect the
> former.  :-)  4.5' is definately _way_ more than I'll need for anything I
> can conceive of needing to do.
> Its in pretty decent shape overall.  Everything seems really tight, etc.
> I need to find a set of gears ('change wheels') for it to run other feed
> rates.  I'm also probably gonna replace the weird segmented belt with just
> a regular automotive V belt that's a bit shorter (the current belt is
> still a touch loose and I'm at the end of the motor position adjustment).
> I'd also like to mount the drive unit on the wall above the lathe.  This
> would let me get it closer to the wall and not have it sticking out like
> it currently is.  I'm a bit worried about setting belt tensions and such
> with that arrangement though.  Right now gravity helps to keep the motor
> pedestal leaning back, though the real adjustment is that rod that levers
> into an overcenter arrangement...
> Anyway, just thought folks might think it was cool.  I'm kinda pumped that
> this is a vintage tool type thing that I can actually use.  :-)  I'm still
> just learning about the South Bend lathes (and pretty much lathe use in
> general, though I've done some work in the past with one), so please feel
> free to offer up advice on essential bits to have, common modifications,
> etc!
> Mark

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