A couple of days ago my dad came home from the recycling depot with a big surprise. In the back of his company truck was an old Hercus lathe. Almost every part was there except for the belts. I started researching and foung that the screw (thread) cutting mechanism was missing too, but the rest was there; 3-jaw chuck, 4-jaw chuck, 11 bits, 4 wrenches and some other odd and ends.
I e-mailed MiniTech and Mick Moyles Engineering, both in Australia, both said I'm outta luck. I e-mailed Axmell too, but no response as of yet.
I was hoping that someone here would know of a source to get a used screw cutting mechanism from, and any other tools or parts as well. I'm sure there's some old barn somewhere full of old Hercus parts; I just can't find it.
Also, does anyone the exact belt lengths and widths for the old Hercus lathes? I read 40" somewhere, but might be wrong. Here's the only numbers I could find on the lathe, between the v-ways at the tail end.
Serial No. AR11234V
There is also the stamp 'BS' in the front v-ways of the bed at the tail end, which
might be a model number or nothing at all. I did read that it should normally be stamped 'SB', for SouthBend.
What I've read suggests that a SouthBend screw cutting mechanism would fit, but I can't find any used SouthBend parts either.
We can live without cutting threads, but would like to make the lathe as complete as possible. If anyone could point me in the right direction, that would make my father, the lathe, and myself very happy.
Thanks for all the help,