View Full Version : Fell into some old iron today!!

05-18-2009, 09:42 PM
Well, there I was working on a pizza oven at a c-store when an electrician friend came in and said he saw my truck outside and wanted to know if I could work on his ice machine sometime soon, as it is getting hot out. I said I would take a look at it as soon as I get this oven back together.
Finished the oven and went down the road to his shop. He pointed out the machine and went into his house for a few minutes and I noticed this lathe sitting across the shop all covered with electrical parts stacked upon it. When he came out, I asked him what he used the lathe for and he said he didn't use it anymore and he was going to get rid of it. I asked what he wanted for it, and he said he had $400.00 in it. I said I would give him that for it and he said ok. I went back to my shop for the trailer and we loaded it up and I hauled it home and off loaded it.
Now for some serious cleaning and oiling.

05-18-2009, 09:48 PM
What brand? How big? Any tooling? Hope you can use it for more than a shelf.

05-18-2009, 10:03 PM
You guy`s are going to have to learn .We do not want to know about your new toys with out pictures. Take pictures first the show a tell us what you got.

05-18-2009, 10:06 PM
You can't just start a story and leave us all hanging!! Where are your manners:D Now go get your camera and post some photos.
at least a list of the goodies.

05-18-2009, 10:15 PM
13" South Bend with a 3 phase motor and VFD, TA, 6" 3jaw, 8" 4jaw, steady rest, some rusty collets, and a lot of swarf in the pan.




What is an original color for a south bend of this vintage?

05-18-2009, 10:19 PM
Sorry about that, but domestic chores got in the way before I could finish.:p
Lane, I just about stopped in to see you last month coming back from Tyler Tx but the hour would have been late and decided not to.

05-18-2009, 10:24 PM
Those are good old lathes. My dad has had a 13" SB for almost 30 years and he still enjoys it. Not the fastest machine in the world but simple and solid.

J Tiers
05-18-2009, 10:39 PM
From Biddle? The "megger" people? Interesting.

05-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Nice score, I am sure you will get more than your money's worth out of it.

James G. Biddle has been around for more than 100 years. They now are owned by Megger, but were the original importer of Meggers. They were primarily a distributor of test equipment, importing most and manufacturing some. They handled much more than Meggers though, I have an assortment of Biddle hand tachometers, the oldest probably pre-1900.

scatter cat
05-19-2009, 04:50 AM
Nice find and at a good price. You might look under a covered part and find some of the orignal paint.