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spongerich
04-14-2014, 10:07 PM
Last night I was browsing the Craigslist tools section (as I'm prone to do 10 times a day) and an ad appeared that said simply "South Bend Lathe" I opened it up and the description consisted of "South Bend 10" lathe with Taper Attachment - 220v" along with some cell-phone quality photos that showed a cabinet mounted Heavy 10 with a QCGB. The paintjob wasn't pretty, but it looked like a lathe that someone had cared for.

I emailed him and told him I was definitely interested in coming by.

Tonight when I arrived, I found a very nice 10" with Taper, QCGB and a whole pile of tooling and accessories.
Serial# is 2482RKL9 which makes it around 1949, with large spindle hole.

I haven't inspected it in great detail, but it looks complete and in excellent shape... the ways are remarkably free of dings and dents.
The only problem I've found is that the gear that drives off the spindle is sitting on a shaft that's clearly been replaced and it needs some tinkering. The steady is from a 9", but that's an easy $125 on eBay.

He was only asking $500, so I didn't even try to bargain him down a dime.

http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af320/rmaracing/south101.jpg.
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af320/rmaracing/south102.jpg.
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af320/rmaracing/south104.jpg.
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af320/rmaracing/south105.jpg.

sasquatch
04-14-2014, 10:41 PM
Hey for $500.00 you did great!! Bonus!!!!!!!!!!!

North Country
04-14-2014, 11:26 PM
That's a great buy in my book.

mattthemuppet
04-15-2014, 12:43 PM
wow, congratulations! You made out like a bandit - $500 for a Heavy10 with a taper attachment is amazing! It even has some modern tooling too. Stories like this are what keep my hopes up that one day I'll be able to seal a similar deal.

3jaw
04-15-2014, 08:25 PM
May I be the first to offer you a sincere YOU SUCK!!!???

wierdscience
04-15-2014, 09:38 PM
That would be $3,000 down here and he would have gotten it.Nice find!

JayTee
04-17-2014, 02:31 PM
Don't you just hate it when those stray South Bend's follow you home;)

RichR
04-17-2014, 05:35 PM
http://i1019.photobucket.com/albums/af320/rmaracing/south105.jpg
That shaft doesn't look too bad. Just cut it short with an angle grinder and peen over with a big hammer. It'll look just like new.:rolleyes: Congratulations on your new toy.

Paul Alciatore
04-17-2014, 06:02 PM
Very nice find. If you ever get tired of it, just call.

spongerich
04-17-2014, 10:40 PM
That shaft doesn't look too bad. Just cut it short with an angle grinder and peen over with a big hammer. It'll look just like new.:rolleyes: Congratulations on your new toy.

It was just a pin that was pressed into a hole that was drilled into the shaft.
I pulled it out, cut it to length, faced the end and threaded it for a nut to hold it in place.
Then I re-installed the pin with some locktite.

Seems (almost) good as new. Since there's little or no stress on it, I think it'll last a while.

Rex
04-18-2014, 10:32 AM
Dang, you New Yorkers are spoiled. Here in Texas that's a $2000 lathe.
If I had some gumption I drag a big trailer up your way and make a haul back here.

spongerich
04-18-2014, 01:59 PM
Dang, you New Yorkers are spoiled. Here in Texas that's a $2000 lathe.
If I had some gumption I drag a big trailer up your way and make a haul back here.

The thought has occurred to me numerous times to stockpile a dozen or two lathes and other assorted machines and find someone who wants to schlep them south or west. I have a big old barn, so storing them isn't a problem. I've picked up more than a few over the years that have missing and/or broken parts and made enough spare cash putting them together (or parting them out) to pay for just about everything in my shop.

Rex
04-18-2014, 11:06 PM
The thought has occurred to me numerous times to stockpile a dozen or two lathes and other assorted machines and find someone who wants to schlep them south or west. I have a big old barn, so storing them isn't a problem. I've picked up more than a few over the years that have missing and/or broken parts and made enough spare cash putting them together (or parting them out) to pay for just about everything in my shop.

....and just where IS this barn? ;)