First lathe

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  1. biggrizz408

    biggrizz408 Well-Known Member

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    Well after lurking and doing a little work with a gunsmith I broke down and bought my first lathe. It is a south bend 415 rc with a 41/2 foot bed in mint condition from an estate sale it came with table wide asortment of accesories, all the gears to do threading. I will have to post some pic's after I get it cleaned up.
     
  2. royinidaho

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    If you weren't so far away, I'd sneak in and steal the durn thing! :)

    The extra stuff that came with is the expensive part.

    Good find!!
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Good luck with that lathe, I'm pinching pennies like a fiend to get the funds for one by the end of summer, hopefully!!
     
  4. biggrizz408

    biggrizz408 Well-Known Member

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    roy and big green thank you. It came with 2 geared heads steedy rest , dogs , reems awide assortment of bits, drills, tool holders, and a bunch of other stuff. I am not a machinest or a gunsmith. I got it for 250 dollars. so I dont thinck I got hurt to bad.:D
     
  5. royinidaho

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    Holey Crap!!!!!! $250.00!!!!! I'm feeling way bad!
     
  6. biggrizz408

    biggrizz408 Well-Known Member

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    YES 250.00, I feel reeeeaaaal bad too.
     
  7. bigngreen

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    Sure you do:D:D:D:D I researched the mod # and it looks like it should gitter done. If it's running a flat leather belt slap a serpentine belt on it, Ive seen some real good articles on how much better they are than the leather belts. I think Practical machinist had a how to on it.
     
  8. vintec

    vintec Well-Known Member

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    Griz,

    if you decide to get rid of that thing look me up. I can be ther in a few hours

    Vince
     
  9. Fitch

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    +1 on the serpentine belt. I put one on my 9" South Bend, should have done it years ago. It made a new lathe out of it. Runs quiet as a field mouse with hiccups. I used a sharp woodchisel to trim it square to length, drilled holes in it and laced it together with soft stainless steel wire. I tried the Spectra fish line but that stuff cut it's way out of the belt in about 8 weeks. The stainless wire has been in there a year and looks like it was just installed.

    Fitch
     
  10. biggrizz408

    biggrizz408 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all of the info. I went to the practical machinist web sight and all ready done the sepentine belt mod. I was lucky that my family at one time owned a dry cleaners alot of old machinery used leather belts, my dad kept the tooling for hooking the belts together and it works gust fine with the serpentine belt. I am working on a tool holder for some of the larger bits that it came with. I will try to get some pics in a few days.




    James