I am starting to spend a little more time at home. I am in the process of setting up the shop in my new house. I,ve got the workbenches in now and have mounted the SB 8K. My first task this past weekend was to
machine a D1-3 backplate for my Bison 5" 3 jaw chuck I had left over from
my old South Bend 9A I sold a few months ago (big mistake). The Bison Chuck was set up with a 1 1/2" x 8 threaded backplate. The 8K cut a nice finish however, it was slow going, this steel was really tough. I had to limit the cuts to about 20 thousands a pass with a final finish cut of 0.005. I was using a 3/8" carbide insert tool using wd40. The belt was on the slow speed pulley at about 500 RPM.
A few pics:
Hello Rocket manThere has been good comments by owners of this lathe on The Practical Machinist Forum.
I'm considering buying one now that the good word is out.
I'm in California and shipping from Washington is not expensive.
Old South Bend lathes are rare in good condition in California and are expensive when you find one. The old South Bend lathes are expensive to ship from the Midwest, too.