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10-02-2011, 12:57 AM
I am looking for a manual or information on where I could find a manual for a lathe;
Southbend Precision lathe
Model B9

This is the only information I have on it (I am searching for a friend at work)
Anything would be great
Thanks, Cargoon

tyrone shewlaces
10-02-2011, 03:42 AM
There's this manual here:

The first few pages are "army" stuff but after that it looks like a South Bend manual. If I recall correctly, model B9 means it has a 9" swing (of course) and they came in model A, B and C so that one is a model B. I'm pretty sure the different models are simply a different set of bells & whistles such as quick-change gear box vs. manual change gears, etc.

Maybe that manual would be useful even if it isn't the exact year and all. The price is right anyway.

Forrest Addy
10-02-2011, 04:20 AM
Wow! THAT is a comprehensive manual

10-02-2011, 08:49 AM
South Bend did not really have any manuals. The closest and best thing is the (
How To Run A Lathe ) book. You can find them on ebay and i think lindsy books still has them in print. The book is by south bend and is a must read for the beginning lathe operator. Also if you go to this site
there is a wealth of information there.
Also try here as they have a dedicated forum just for south bend tools.

10-05-2011, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the Manual. He is looking it over this weekend but he was very happy.
He isn't new to using a lathe he was more looking for part diagrams and exploded views.
Thanks again guys.

10-05-2011, 07:16 AM
Them model B has manual change gears with a power crossfeed. The model A has quick change and power cross and the model C has neither. As for manuals, the various models and sizes are all pretty much the same with the noted exceptions. The lathe has a lubrication plate on the cover door for the change gears. If it is missing or unreadable this is it:


10-06-2011, 09:43 AM
Try this guy: http://www.ozarkwoodworker.com/

10-06-2011, 12:52 PM
South Bend Lathe did publish sheets that covered sub assemblies of the 9" lathe. I have a copy of them somewhere, if I can find them.
Your best bet is to get ahold of Grizzly Industrial and request a parts manual for your lathe. They will need the serial number of the lathe which is stamped at the tail stock end of the bed between the ways.

BTW- that lathe looks to be in very good shape, just needs a good "bath"!:eek:

Also, the end gearing does not look correct, it looks like it is set to cut a 5 pitch thread!


12-06-2011, 10:54 AM
The guys that work in the South Bend section for Grizzly aren't always that knowledgeable, and they don't have all the literature that is available on South Bend lathes either. I was trying to explain a part to a guy, and he didn't even know what the apron was. After figuring out what I needed the guy said I had to call ozarkwoodworker.com to get the manual, because they didn't carry anything that old.

I called Ray, and he knew all about my lathe. Even told me the year it was made, and I received the manuals the same week. They were clear and easy to read. Looked brand new. He even had the accessories parts manual I had been looking for on my South Bend taper attachment which Grizzly didn't have.

Don't get me wrong. I like Grizzly, and I even one of their machines, but Ray is a better resource for South Bend lathe literature and knowledge.

South Bend Lathes Category (http://www.ozarkwoodworker.com/South-Bend_c_441.html)

12-08-2011, 07:41 PM

I just downloaded HTRAL (How to run a lathe) from this site in PDF form:


Should work for you too. I have a hard copy but wanted a pdf to put on my phone.

There is another similar manual on line somewhere...Hercules maybe? I can't find it now. Maybe someone else remember where to download it from...

Hope this helps...

edit: here is a link to the other manual I was thinking of... http://www.bbssystem.com/manuals/Lathe-Tutorial.pdf