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Hi, I just picked up a 1984 Honden L-450 mini bench lathe. Looks to be 8 x 18". It's in great condition, minimal- maybe no wear. Having an issue where I cannot get the small V belt to reach across the pulleys for the higher spindle speeds. Seems like the belt is too short or something? Also, there is no information for threading on the front placard that shows spindle speed's. Does have power feed, does anyone know if this is capable of doing threads and if so – I need gears- seems about impossible to find parts for this. Any ideas? Does anyone have one of these? I pulled a manual on line for an "Emco compact 8" looks to be very similar.
 

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Hi, I just picked up a 1984 Honden L-450 mini bench lathe. Looks to be 8 x 18". It's in great condition, minimal- maybe no wear. Having an issue where I cannot get the small V belt to reach across the pulleys for the higher spindle speeds. Seems like the belt is too short or something? Also, there is no information for threading on the front placard that shows spindle speed's. Does have power feed, does anyone know if this is capable of doing threads and if so – I need gears- seems about impossible to find parts for this. Any ideas? Does anyone have one of these? I pulled a manual on line for an "Emco compact 8" looks to be very similar.
--- so, I've done a couple of hours of research and have found nothing. It seems like this is the only Honden L – 450 in the world .
 

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Update. This lathe is quite capable of cutting many different US and metric threads. So, I bought a full set of metal gears from Little machine shop.com – excellent product. The ID bore was a little undersize which was fine, bored the smaller ones on the lathe and the larger ones on my jet-16 mill. Also bought a wedge type (Steele) OXA quick change tool post. Having fun and loving it but shopping for something a little bigger, maybe up to 12“ x 36“.
 

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I’ve gone bigger. Picked up an Enco Turn-Pro 13x40. Sold the great little Honden- I’ll miss it! I have a scanned copy of the Honden L-450 manual if someone needs it. Message me with your email address and I’ll send it.
 

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That is quite a noticeable increase in size. I do feel a little sorry the Honden did not work out for your needs. I will confess I rarely hear much about those lathes.
 
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