View Full Version : What happened to South bend?

02-27-2005, 10:51 AM
Since I got my 13 I've been doing some ebay searches and I turn up pics of late model 14's. Man, what an UGLY machine! I know that appearance doesn't really mean squat when you're making parts but those are just not attractive lathes.
To me the old classic SB's just look nice.

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

02-27-2005, 11:38 AM
South Bend is still in business-
And you can still buy a Heavy 10- only 16 grand new, with a taper attachment and collet closer. And they look pretty much like an old one. The cabinet looks like they may have redesigned it in the 50's, but hey, thats progress.
But if you look at the 13"-
it sure looks like they are buying em from offshore and just sticking on a nameplate- how else would you explain that a 13" is only 9 grand, while a 10" is 16?
And the 14" and up turn-nado's have a distinctly foreign smell to em- I sincerely doubt they are US made.
So, the answer to your question is, they couldnt make any money making lathes in the US either, just like every other now defunct american manufacturer.
No hobby type is gonna spend 16 grand on a 10" lathe, and real industry is gonna buy a CNC. So there is no market for a small, US made lathe, aside from the military and government, who are required by law to buy US made. And even they end up buying canadian made Standard Modern a lot of the time.

02-27-2005, 11:43 AM
The one I have is a 1989 and it was made in Korea.

02-27-2005, 12:40 PM
Looked at a SB years ago with the little Korean tag attached...Called SBL & the nice lady (now retired) explained that the then-president of SBL met this beautiful Korean woman on an overseas trip. Fell in love, had some of the smaller lathes manufactured in Korea but assembled in South Bend, Indiana.

That's my story & I'm sticking to it.......