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I recently picked up a vintage lathe so I could start turning, however the person who sold me it didn't specify what type of lathe it is, and it doesn't say anything on the lathe itself.. does anyone think they can help identify this machine? The desk came with the lathe, not sure if it's OEM or not, have no information regarding the lathe at all, anything would help! :)
 

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Looks like a Frankenlathe to me, built from various random parts.
 

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Looks like a South Bend heavy 10 from photos I've seen on a bench not the original stand and either re-powered or motor shifted. Perhaps some South Bend owners would know. Needs a scrub. It has a lot missing so probably only good for bits or use as a wood lathe. What did you want to turn?
 

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It is missing some parts, that's for sure. The lead screw for one. I think I can see a squarish unpainted patch at each end of the bed casting where the lead screw bearings would have been. There's also no compound to speak of. I see the saddle and cross slide, but then an odd-looking right angle affair with T-slot where I would expect to see the compound slide. Kind of difficult to tell from the photos though.

There's something about the castings that look Indian to me (as in from India) but that's just a feeling I get. Whatever it is, or was, I think might be pretty hard to find out unless someone happens to have one just like it. Stranger things have happened though, so you never know.

Good luck with the search!

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Maybe posting some better pictures would be helpful! Not trying to be a smart@$$ or anything but the pictures you posted are kinda hard to see the finer details especially with Older Eyes!
 

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The lead screw and power feed assembly I have, however it's missing a few gears so it's pretty finicky if I do mount it. I was planning on turning metal with it, I don't really know much about lathes though so I hoped to find out the model so I could order some parts, also sorry for the pictures, when I get home I'll upload some new ones. :)
 
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Definitely not South Bend, looks to be fairly old, like late 1800s or early 1900s (no gear guards) The fact that it has no compound leads me to think that it was not made to cut threads.
 

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Interesting design. Two Vee ways for the tail stock, but only one for the carriage. Looks like wipers for the lead screw on each side of the apron. The bed looks hefty for the size, but the carriage looks cheap.
 

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Interesting design. Two Vee ways for the tail stock, but only one for the carriage. Looks like wipers for the lead screw on each side of the apron. The bed looks hefty for the size, but the carriage looks cheap.
Maybe its just cause im looking at the pictures on my smartphone but to me it looks like the carriage is running on 3 Vee ways and the tailstock on 2! Please tell me what im missing here......
 

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The carriage is running on one but it is on a rail underneath the v ways, the tailstock is on two.
 

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Maybe its just cause im looking at the pictures on my smartphone but to me it looks like the carriage is running on 3 Vee ways and the tailstock on 2! Please tell me what im missing here......
Most lathe carriages only ride on the two outer (or one, and the flat rear edge of the bed) vee ways, and do not touch the inner vee (or vees). You can see it in this first pic.

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If you can see close, on the pic of the mystery lathe, in the red circles, the carriage fits close to the vee and flat spot on the rear, and does not look to touch the two inner vees. Most lathes that I have seen, the carriage rides on one or two vees, and the tail stock only rides on one vee, and a flat spot on the other side of the bed.

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The carriage is running on one but it is on a rail underneath the v ways, the tailstock is on two.
This lathe design is interesting, would love to see more pics.
 

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Sure! tomorrow I'll post some higher quality pics, also forgot to mention, the lathe came with a lantern(?) style tool holder, not sure if that'll help with trying to identify the machine, but thanks for the help so far! :)
 

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Sorry about the late response, been busy lately. Here are some new pics I took:

I've been trying to clean up the paint, I plan on giving the machine a grey or blue paint, let me know what you guys think!
 

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