So here was yesterdays adventure, picking up a South Bend Heavy Ten in RI and migrating north. Ya, it was cold.
I went with the heavy 10 rather than a new import as the weight in the olders lathes is in the bed and headstock rather than the newer import gearheads with big heavy transmissions but lighter beds. Also, buying used gets you more bang for the buck.
I haven't submitted for the serial card yet but looking at the number, features and condition, it's late '80's with hard ways, wide ratio (70 feed) dual tumbler gear box, D1-4 large bore camlock spindle with a 5c drawbar. It also has a taper attachment and coolant system.
I has a lantern tool post so I'll be looking to get a BXA for it first off, don't know if I'll go Dorian, Aloris or import but wedge type for sure as the plunger style doesn't re-index as reliably. I checked the spindle clearance and it's in spec so I don't have to play with shims. It runs quiet in back gears as well as high speed. It has a 2 speed 2HP 3 phase motor so I have to decide if I want to run a VFD or get a rotary converter. (Have I mentioned how much I miss having 3 phase on the pole outside the shop?) I like the VFD on the step pulley J head but on the lathe I'm so used to the instant reverse of 3 phase, and with a cam lock I don't have to worry about spinning the chuck off, we'll see.
More to come,