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    DO a search in yahoo groups for south-bend lathes it is a very active group with many gurus in there who love to assist anyone with their SB's
    You will develop an attachment to your 9a like nothing you have ever owned before. Congrats and good luck
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    south bend 9a update

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank S View Post
    DO a search in yahoo groups for south-bend lathes it is a very active group with many gurus in there who love to assist anyone with their SB's
    You will develop an attachment to your 9a like nothing you have ever owned before. Congrats and good luck
    You are correct. It has been about a year now now since i received the lathe and I have since taken it apart piece by piece. Every part was separated from every other part. A complete tear-down to the very gears and screws. I had to replace a few parts, repair several parts, and generally clean and repaint every part in it. I got it all back together and have used it every day since. The really great thing about all of it was now that I have it done, I know every thing about it, its strengths and its weaknesses.
    I love this machine, but I see it's limitations as well. I will never sell it. Even if I do get a bigger and better one. It was given to me and I shall give it to someone else that will take care of it as I have. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. This is how she looks now. not as clean and pretty as when I first got her painted because I have been using her daily for several months, but she works hard and does what I need. The second and third pics are just the area set up I use. We are crammed into a two car garage with a full blown metal shop in there, including cutting, bending, and welding press, lathe, drill presses, sanders, grinders, etc. We hope to be moving in a couple of weeks to a facility ... keep your fingers crossed, I know I am.
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