Dating south bend lathe
If the lathe feet are not adjustable, place the right size shims under the foot for level.Another option for leveling is to use adjustable machine mounts.
Through the first two decades of the twentieth century the company grew and prospered.The short legs came off a 1914 model., pulleys: 4.5", 3.75", 2.75" Single feed screw, half-nut only on the carriage Simple carriage, compound only.(no cross-slide) vernier on the compound is stamped 0-65 (! All new taper attachment, upgrade to Toolroom Model specs., spindle buildup-head stock line bore and 12 speed conversion. Castings or the whole lathe could have been made for N. The company produced watches in the style of the Columbus Watch Company.
South Bend movements were identified as model 1, 2, or 3, with grades numbering 100 to 431.
The earliest records show that lathes were numbered sequentially, beginning with 700, in July 1910, and ending with 186,514 March 1947.
After that date, a new numbering system added a three letter code to indicate 1) the swing, 2) the gear and apron combination and the location of the drive, and 3) the spindle hole size, type of swing, and special features., 10" pedal lathe. The screw chart on the leg says South Bend Machine Tool Co.
The age reflects the fact that the Precision Machine Tool Museum at Winsor, VT. As well, we have found a catalogue page dated 3-1-1865 from New York Steam Engine Co (the machine pictured had some later features). It appears that there was some collaberation between these makers.
The carriage feed trip rod operates only towards the headstock.
Totally worn out, stored outside, badly repaired and horrible driveall attached. This second lathe (1919) was missing the taper attachment, it was found with other parts (from 1912Quite possibly the earliest Leblond lathe (by serial number) in existence! A great shafting lathe as it is built heavy as well. In 1910 they were in turn reorganized into the Rockford Milling Machine Tool Co. The lathe has some interesting features resulting in a belief the this was a “B” grade machine produced buy this company. Apparently this was a “clean up” to use up any left over castings and parts to manufacture the last lathes. The down fall of the super heavy head stock design was the bowl shape.