View Full Version : Southbend 13 inch Lathe @ $99.99
09-05-2010, 05:59 AM
Yes, there is a Southbend 13 x 40 ? lathe with quick change gearbox listed on ebay at $99.99 in Walton Hills, OH between Cleveland and Akron. The listing ends today (5 Sep '10) at 19:30 hrs PDT.
It is # 170533625962 and is a bit toasty-looking and dissassembled but appears to be all there. No tooling with it. It is a "kit build" for those cash challenged but tallented gunsmiths here. It is a real machine not a tiny toy. It may take up about 30 x 72 inches of your diningroom if garage space is not available. :scared:
If I still lived in that part of the US I'd have the thing sitting in my apartment livingroom (along with other machinery stuff and gun parts). It ain't mine. Hope someone here might be able to salvage it back to productivity.
09-05-2010, 12:43 PM
Man wish I lived closer, about 350 miles one way from me.
In that second pic, what's the gear on the right that's missing a few teeth?
09-05-2010, 04:03 PM
The missing teeth appear to be on the backgear drive. People have a bad habit of locking the spindle with the backgear to unscrew a stuck chuck. One should use a strap wrench etc around the bullgear, penetrating fluid, some heat and LOTS of patience to unstick the chuck on threaded spindles.
See moleman's gear repair pics here in this subforum. He used brass (braze) to reconstruct the missing teeth.
Wow !! 350 miles ??? I'd pounce on it like a big dog. That's a Sunday drive here in Arizona !!! http://www.gunco.net/forums/images/icons/icon7.gif You must be somewhere between Lancaster and Philly in PA.
09-05-2010, 10:34 PM
The 13 inch Southbend lathe went for $111.54 at the last. Someone got a smoking deal of a "kit lathe".
09-06-2010, 12:19 AM
Wow !! 350 miles ??? .......... That's a Sunday drive here in Arizona !!!
LOL yeah out there it is, that's like a 10 hour (just driving) round trip around here. :D
Good guess, I'm just outside of Lancaster.
And yes, someone got a good deal. I was watching it but decided not to bid, I'll watch for something closer.
09-06-2010, 01:27 AM
Did you notice the last three bids happened in the last second of the "auction" ??? That seems to indicate "sniperware" to me and is a vast dissapointment.
Don't forget to also watch craigslist for a rare deal or two.
09-06-2010, 09:56 AM
Not necessarily "sniperware"
Ebay allows you to set a max bid, and it automatically counters a higher bid than yours with another bid (or bids) from you, up to the max bid you set.
09-06-2010, 11:32 AM
It's possible a "snipe" program was used but SJ made a good point.
Yeah I keep checking Craig's List when I got some extra cash, which doesn't happen to often lately, it seems like I find decent deals when I'm broke and nothing when I got funds. :D
09-06-2010, 09:01 PM
Thanks SJ. I'll get a handle on this stuff yet !!!
Coils, there is a toasty lathe available in Wiliamsport, PA on ebay. It's a large one with broken handles. I believe that it is mis-labelled as a WW-II vintage machine (made in India). It appears to be 1960's era to me and likely a copy of US equipment. Enco has chrome handles and handwheels of all sizes.
09-06-2010, 09:09 PM
Coils, Don't let a few brothen teeth on a gear scare you away from a lathe. Viper Dude walked me through machining new gear teeth and it is easier than what I thought it would be. Evilbay also has quite a bit of old lathe parts listed pretty regularly.
09-06-2010, 11:07 PM
Yeah it sucks it's the beginning of the month, bills, there's a nice looking Rockwell 10x30 just about 30 miles from me on Craigslist right now. Hopefully I can work something out to get it. Have to go dig through my stuff and see what I got to sell :D
No the brothen teeth ( :D ) really don't bother me after looking at your thread again, I thought you did the welding/brazing until I read it again, that jig you made is really nice and simple.
The thing with that one was the distance and mainly that it was a basket case, I figured it would have been about 350-400 total for me to rent a trailer, gas, tolls and to feed a helper for the day :D
09-06-2010, 11:17 PM
No, thank YOU Viper Dude, for breaking my heart with your machine knowledge and actual possession of said machinery. Some day, I'm going to be just like you ;)
09-07-2010, 12:20 AM
A 10x30 Rockwell lathe can be an expensive machine. They are very nice and popular. Maybe the seller would work a gun trade ??? We do that sort of stuff here in Arizona as it is a cash-poor, non-industrial economy.
My first metal lathe was a 10x36 Atlas manual gear machine 30 years ago this month. I spotted it in the Trading Times paper about supertime and called the seller. I got directions from him for the next morning. I then called the battalion SgtMajor to let him know I would be late to the office (HQs) the next morning as I was getting a metal lathe. He provided helpful directions on getting to the seller's address.
A small crowd gathered around my Ford F-250 pickup when I got to the office to see what I had gotten. The fellows from the Army maintenance shop especially liked the little machine. Others wondered what I was up to.
That's how my adventure began.
09-08-2010, 12:26 AM
Maybe the seller would work a gun trade ???
Hmmm, good idea, I'll have to look at what I won't miss.
A 10x30 Rockwell lathe can be an expensive machine.
Well that's good to hear, I look on ebay and saw a couple like it for 2k+, he has it listed for 800
09-08-2010, 11:09 AM
Good thing about having to put a basket case back together is you will learn so much about your machine......
09-08-2010, 04:11 PM
VD,Yeah it sucks
Truer words were never spoken....
09-08-2010, 07:42 PM
Truer words were never spoken....