Hi guys, I have a chance to buy a South Bend lathe 9" but with a 28" opening. It comes with some tools. I know nothing about lathes or how to use them. Would this be a good place to start? It is considered a table top model. It is local and the price is $500. Good deal or not?
Thanks in advance,
Bob in WV
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asking is a southbend lathe is good is like asking if a mercedes is a good car. It goes without saying. If the lathe is in good condition and the ways are not all work or beat up it should be a very good lathe. For 500 dollars I don't see how you could go too far wrong. I am sure it will probably take some setup time and possibly some fiddling with it to get it all working as nice as It should but you will have a classic lathe that is better than about anything you might buy today especially in that price range. Maybe you could post some pics so we all can see what it looks like. Someone on here might already have the same lathe and could tell you everything you want to know about it....