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1929 36" SB 302-BB any users opinions?

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  • 1929 36" SB 302-BB any users opinions?

    I have located a '29 model Silent chain drive large swing South Bend model 302-BB. That's 36" with 5' bed. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of these? Price is $900 asking with chucks, gears and some tooling. I will use it mainly for personnel gunsmithing work. Single phase variable speed motor (obviously later adddition). Any info or insight appreciated. I have looked on the and SB pages and have most of the basic facts. Thanks in advance

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    Are you sure it hase the RPM's you need? Most large lathes are low rpm. Sound like a bargain though - should be easier to make those 4 Bore elephant guns with!


    • #3
      I have a 26" lathe with 35" in the gap.I only use it when the job requires it,because it is heavy to operate.Not to mention the 7 tons or so to move.If it is your only lathe get something smaller.