Re: Light 10 buying decision opinions wanted

Thomas G Brandl

As others have stated, your problems are small with this lathe. There are also some accesories that are worth buying. The lever collet closer would fetch $250-300 on E_Bay. The collets about $5 each. It has large dial cross feed ($75). As stated before a phase converter would slove your problem on the motor. The micrometer stop should be worth something. You are missing a threading dial ($75-125). A three jaw would be about $100 used to I think $300 new import. A steady rest would be about $150. There are some sources on new ones available. I think a board member has some telescoping ones on E-Bay for $150. You can also look underneathe the bed were the motor is at. If there is an 'X' cast in there it is a hardend bed. I would think $500-750 would be a safe bid.

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02/09/2007 09:59 PM

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[southbendlathe] Light 10 buying decision opinions wanted

I've always wanted a small lathe for my workshop.  The company I
work for is selling some excess equipment to the employees, by
closed bid.  A small South Bend lathe is being sold, that was part
of  a "lot" of equipment brought in from another company after an
aquistion, thus I don't know about its past.  I've had a couple of
our machinists look it over and it was pronounce to be in very good
condition.  They believe it spent most of its days cutting bushings
out of tube stock held by the collets. Here a link to some pic's I
took of it.

After a couple of hours of seaching, I'm fairly certain its a "light

It's a South Bend!
It's basically sound and tight
Small enough that I can disassembly to move to my basement workshop
Large assortment of collets come with it
Nice heavy duty table
It's very similar to SB lathes I learned on in High School and

No tooling other than the collets and tailstock jacobs chuck
no compound rest or tool post
missing head stock cover
motor looks to be 220 3 phase, I don't have 3 phase.

I think that around $300 would buy it.  I was really hoping to pick
up a lathe complete with some tooling.  If I get this one, I'll need
to find tooling where ever I can, and buy a 220 single phase motor.

Is there some major pitfall to this outfit, that I haven't thought
about?  I've got to turn in my bid by Monday the 12th. What would
you do if you were me?  


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