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  • Why so few South Bend 13" models?

    I have had this lathe for twenty years. The glut of parts and articles aways seem to revolve around 9's 10's and 10k's, then there seems to be a jump to the 14's and 16's as far as popularity goes. Can anyone shed some light here?
    Bricolage anyone?....one of lifes fun games.

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    Perhaps they are too large for small work, and too small for large work?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tony ennis
      Perhaps they are too large for small work, and too small for large work?
      Actually, I'd have said they were the ONE possible size that does EVERYTHING the best.........

      10" is OFTEN too small, and 16" is nearly always too big.

      Given the HUGE number of "13 x 40" machines sold by the various import brands, it is a very popular size for those who have "graduated" from the asian 9 x 20 and 7 x 12 machines.

      Until recently that was the next step, in general. Now there are some 11" and 12", which are fairly credible, speed and feature-wise for asian machines.
      Last edited by J Tiers; 01-10-2009, 01:12 PM.
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      Keep eye on ball.
      Hashim Khan

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      • #4
        Originally posted by oddball racing
        I have had this lathe for twenty years. The glut of parts and articles aways seem to revolve around 9's 10's and 10k's, then there seems to be a jump to the 14's and 16's as far as popularity goes. Can anyone shed some light here?
        you think the 13" is rare, try looking for anything for a South Bend 11" lathe! it's no wonder i got it so cheap.

        andy b.
        The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining

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