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01-18-2012, 08:36 AM
On a lark, my brother put a sealed bid on a South Bend lathe. Low and behold, he won it. He has never done one speck of machining in his life so I guess my task is before me.

He said the serial number is CL187ZB or the last digit could be an 8. He knows nothing about the swing or length. He said there is about 3 ft of distance between the head and the end of the bed.

Here some pics he sent me.


Appreciate any information which can be supplied. Thanks.

01-18-2012, 10:19 AM

is a pretty good discussion about SB 10" naming, you'll be able to figure out more exact build date with serial and that should also give you what options it came with (not really up on my SB model numbers but it looks like that taper attachment was an option, unless the model number had an "8" as a prefix, "CL8xxxxx")

Depending on how small that lark was, could be gloat material...

Al Messer
01-18-2012, 10:30 AM
Quick change gearbox? Flame hardened ways? I'd say GLOAT with no hesitation!! He needs to get the South Bend Manual and get a quick education in having fun making chips!


01-18-2012, 11:13 AM
Even though it's small, you or he will be able to do a lot of interesting work with that baby! It looks in pretty good shape. Nice score!

01-18-2012, 11:33 AM
Can't see much detail on the ways, but judging on the condition of the paint, it looks to me like it hasn't had real heavy useage. Unless someone did a very good repaint job some years ago.

01-18-2012, 02:01 PM
Depending on how small that lark was, could be gloat material...

Definate Gloat material in my estimation. He submitted a bid of $601 and it was his!

01-18-2012, 02:07 PM
OK, to make it official, "You suck" ;)

Didn't look it up but looked closer at the pics, guessing probably pretty late year...it looks like it could be L-0 or L-00 mounts or maybe from the "D" series...all good! Hope its the large spindle bore...

01-18-2012, 03:17 PM
That is a small but very nice machine!;) It's worth a lot more than $600.
It looks like a threaded spindle and has the taper attachment, hardened ways and QC gearbox. It looks to be in pretty good condition. Congrats!:D

01-18-2012, 03:20 PM
And its got a taper turning attatchment

all the best.markj

01-18-2012, 04:00 PM
That's a steal for $601. There was a beat up Heavy 10 that was missing the tailstock and a few hand wheels. It brought $1280 at auction. I was mystified... seems like they always go for way more than I'd pay for one. Even if he never turns the thing on, he could turn around and sell it to the right guy for twice that. A gloat indeed!

01-18-2012, 05:23 PM
Great find, and at a bargain price.

Any tooling??

01-18-2012, 07:02 PM
I will give you your money back and haven`t even seen it . So their.

01-19-2012, 01:06 PM
That's a 5' bed. He should buy a lottery ticket.



Tony Ennis
01-20-2012, 07:02 AM
you suck. Congrats!

01-20-2012, 07:32 AM
That's a 5' bed. He should buy a lottery ticket.



Looks like a 3' bed to me, unless the carriage is significantly larger than any SB Ive ever seen.

I dont know how prices normally are in SC, but in iron alley (here-New England) I would dare say $601 is about the average auction price. Definitely not a bad deal, esp if its in nice condition.

01-20-2012, 08:08 AM
My brother, who bought the lathe, lives in norhtern Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior. He has made contact with a retired machinist who will be helping him get it up and running.

I told my brother that the spending of money really starts now. I'm sure after he gets the required tooling, accessories and stuff, the lathe will not look like a bargan any more!