Clyde, the "lock" at the rear of the carriage is not really a lock.
In normal operation this should be snugged up for a sliding fit. You
are talking about the long plate that has two bolts one on either
The carriage lock is on the tailstock end in the front of the
carriage, as Len described below. It is a little square plate with a
notch out of it to clear stuff in the apron and threaded to pull up
against the bottom of the bed. There are also two pins to brush up
against the side of the bed to keep it from twisting when you tighten
the locking bolt.
A lot of lathes seem to have lost this piece, I had to make one for
my own lathe. I have since made some for other folks on the list,
too. E-mail me direct if you need more help. I can give you
approximate dimensions if you want to make your own.
--- In email@example.com, "Len Smith" <parnobal2@s...>
My 1940 Model C has the carriage lock on the front at tailstock
end, with a 5/16ths square headed screw to tighten. I also
experienced some lift occasionally until I minded how I tightened the
lock. I keep it just touching, but sliding, in normal use.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 7:23 PM
Subject: [southbendlathe] Re: 9" SBL Model 'C' question.
Thanks for the response.
The carriage lock is tightened firmly. The lock on the Model 'C'
though is on the rear of the carriage. That may have something to
with it. Perhaps I need to look at putting a carriage lock on
front of the carriage or always feed away from me when milling.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Glen Reeser"
> Welcome aboard Clyde!
> In normal turning with the chuck coming towards you, there is
> upward force on the front of the carriage. When the chuck is
> in reverse or when you have some other situation that would
> lift the front of the saddle (milling or whatever), you need to
> up the carriage lock to hold the front down. I usually lock it
> tightly when I'm milling and loosen it only to advance the work
> the tool for the next pass.
> Power cross feed means a new apron, crossfeed leadscrew,
> feedscrew and perhaps a new saddle.
> Glen Reeser
> --- In email@example.com, "whyemier"
> > I have just recently started to do hobby machine work. I
> > machinist at the Jacksonville Shipyards and at a few Jobbers
> > about 30 odd years ago. I got out of that line to try
> > else. Now I'm relearning much of what I forgot.
> > I have recently obtained a 9" Model 'C' South bend lathe. I
> > some of the attachements and am attempting to fabricate more
> > Part of the fun.
> > My question.
> > The lathe looks in good condition, allowing for the age of
> > machine, the ways show some wear but not what I would have
> > excessive. Yet, when I try to use my milling attachement,
> > feeding the cross-slide toward me into the end mill. I get a
> > chatter. I discovered the carriage lifts on the front by the
> > as the end mill cuts into the material, (in this case a steel
> > am making into a 't-slotted' table for milling bigger
> > apprears to be about 1/32 inch, I have yet to get an exact
> > measurement, or perhaps more space between the apron and the
> > of the bed for the ways that allows this lift. Is this
> > should attempt to 'shim' or just live with it?? I have made
> > apron is tightly attached to the carriage.
> > The lathe has performed well, within my abilities, aside from
> > problem.
> > Also:
> > If I were able to purchase a carriage with cross slide power
> > of a Model 'A' or 'B', Would I be able to adapt it to my
> > enable powered cross feed on this lathe??
> > Thanks,
> > Whyemier (Clyde)
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