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    A new addition to the shop (metal working shop, that is)

    For years I've wanted to add a good, heavy duty engine lathe to my equipment roster. I have a 12 x 36 Microcut that's in really nice, tight condition, but it's not as heavy as I wanted.

    Earlier this year I came across a nice Southbend 17" x 60" Turn-Nado lathe for sale up in Virginia. The Turn-Nado was one of the top of the line Southbend lathe's back in the 60's and 70's. It's a variable speed, geared head lathe with a two speed motor. A 7.5 HP, it can make some serious cuts. It includes the taper attachment, which is a nice addition.

    A couple of months back I took advantage of nice weather one Sunday and rode the Harley up to Stafford, VA to check out the lathe. The seller was a retired Fire fighter that had always wanted to get into machine work, and bought the lathe at auction 15 years ago. He never got around to hooking it up though so it's been sitting in his shop all this time. His neighbor was the machinist that operated it for a defense contractor, and he used it to do gunsmithing on the side. I spoke with the operator and he assured me that it was in great condition and held close tolerances

    After looking it over I left a deposit and headed back to the farm. Here is what it looked like when I reviewed it.

    First view.jpg


    And then it started raining. And kept raining. Between the rain, my work schedule, and some truck issues it was over two months before I could get the planets lined up to retrieve it and bring it home. Fortunately the seller was patient (especially after I insisted on sending him payment in full while waiting for the transport stars to line up).

    Last month I was able to head up and pick it up. This, coincidentally, was the first trip with the new truck.


    Truck on trip to get lathe.jpg


    My skid loader was able to pick it up (barely - it weighs 4,500 lbs) by slinging it at the back of the forks where the lifting strength is greatest.


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    After loading it we double tarped it and I put the skid steer back on the trailer and headed home.


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    I washed it down with mineral spirits after unloading and set it in the wood shop for a more thorough clean up and painting.

    This past weekend we finished cleaning and repainting. I'm pleased with how it turned out. All of the tolerances feel fairly tight, and now that it's clean the lead screws are turning smoothly again. Tomorrow, time allowing, I'll change the lubricants and put it under power to try it out.

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    I'm looking forward to trying it out and doing some gunsmithing with it later this year.
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    Nice machine. I see the steady rest and QC tool holder, looks like a bunch of tooling in the chip pan what all came with it?
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    Nice find Scott. It makes my 11 inch Logan look like a baby. You're going to need that skid steer to change chucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott T Smith View Post
    For years I've wanted to add a good, heavy duty engine lathe to my equipment roster. I have a 12 x 36 Microcut that's in really nice, tight condition, but it's not as heavy as I wanted.

    Earlier this year I came across a nice Southbend 17" x 60" Turn-Nado lathe for sale up in Virginia. The Turn-Nado was one of the top of the line Southbend lathe's back in the 60's and 70's. It's a variable speed, geared head lathe with a two speed motor. A 7.5 HP, it can make some serious cuts. It includes the taper attachment, which is a nice addition.

    A couple of months back I took advantage of nice weather one Sunday and rode the Harley up to Stafford, VA to check out the lathe. The seller was a retired Fire fighter that had always wanted to get into machine work, and bought the lathe at auction 15 years ago. He never got around to hooking it up though so it's been sitting in his shop all this time. His neighbor was the machinist that operated it for a defense contractor, and he used it to do gunsmithing on the side. I spoke with the operator and he assured me that it was in great condition and held close tolerances

    After looking it over I left a deposit and headed back to the farm. Here is what it looked like when I reviewed it.

    First view.jpg


    And then it started raining. And kept raining. Between the rain, my work schedule, and some truck issues it was over two months before I could get the planets lined up to retrieve it and bring it home. Fortunately the seller was patient (especially after I insisted on sending him payment in full while waiting for the transport stars to line up).

    Last month I was able to head up and pick it up. This, coincidentally, was the first trip with the new truck.


    Truck on trip to get lathe.jpg


    My skid loader was able to pick it up (barely - it weighs 4,500 lbs) by slinging it at the back of the forks where the lifting strength is greatest.


    Loading C.jpg


    After loading it we double tarped it and I put the skid steer back on the trailer and headed home.


    Loaded on truckC.jpg


    I washed it down with mineral spirits after unloading and set it in the wood shop for a more thorough clean up and painting.

    This past weekend we finished cleaning and repainting. I'm pleased with how it turned out. All of the tolerances feel fairly tight, and now that it's clean the lead screws are turning smoothly again. Tomorrow, time allowing, I'll change the lubricants and put it under power to try it out.

    Post clean up C.jpg



    I'm looking forward to trying it out and doing some gunsmithing with it later this year.
    It looks very nice and I am not sure if this one was still made in USA? I take it you have 3 phase in your shop or a phase convertor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Bruette View Post
    Nice machine. I see the steady rest and QC tool holder, looks like a bunch of tooling in the chip pan what all came with it?
    jerry, it came with a couple of QC tool holders. A steady rest from a smaller machine, chip pan, lube system, wrenches and a dozen or so pieces of tooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Ziebron View Post
    Nice find Scott. It makes my 11 inch Logan look like a baby. You're going to need that skid steer to change chucks.
    lol. Iím about to find out because I bought a 6 jaw chuck to put on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill George View Post
    It looks very nice and I am not sure if this one was still made in USA? I take it you have 3 phase in your shop or a phase convertor?
    Bill, mine was made around 1963 in South Bend, IN. I have a 400hp generator and a 30hp RPC, and am planning to bring in line power soon and sell the generator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott T Smith View Post
    Bill, mine was made around 1963 in South Bend, IN. I have a 400hp generator and a 30hp RPC, and am planning to bring in line power soon and sell the generator.
    You got one of the good ones.. At one time I had a 1943 SB Heavy 10 for which I paid not much but I replaced just about everything on it!!
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    I also have a 16x8' 1916 vintage South Bend lathe in a storage unit.

    A 6 jaw chuck was just scored for the Turn Nado, and hopefully we'll get it moved into the machine shop cabin this week. I'm currently working on running three phase over from the main woodshop.

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