The segmented belt is a universal length belt, you can just remove one
or more segments to shorten the belt.
Mark J. Andy wrote:
> So, pictures of the 'new' lathe & drillpress can be found at:
> http://www.maracing.com/lathe &
> If you're interested in just the overall machines, check out:
> The lathe in particular is kinda neat. Its a South Bend 9" Workshop C
> model. The serial number is 86343, and the south bend website says this
> about 'em: "The earliest records show that lathes were numbered
> sequentially, beginning with 700, in July, 1910, and ending with 186,514
> March, 1947." It was made after 1935, because thats when the 9" Workshop
> lathe came out.
> Still, kinda neat that I have a tool older than my dad. :-)
> Its also got the 4.5' bed, which is supposedly pretty rare. I dunno if
> that's "rare, but anyone can find one if they want one" or "rare, and if
> you have one I'll give you a million dollars". I kinda suspect the
> former. :-) 4.5' is definately _way_ more than I'll need for anything I
> can conceive of needing to do.
> Its in pretty decent shape overall. Everything seems really tight, etc.
> I need to find a set of gears ('change wheels') for it to run other feed
> rates. I'm also probably gonna replace the weird segmented belt with just
> a regular automotive V belt that's a bit shorter (the current belt is
> still a touch loose and I'm at the end of the motor position adjustment).
> I'd also like to mount the drive unit on the wall above the lathe. This
> would let me get it closer to the wall and not have it sticking out like
> it currently is. I'm a bit worried about setting belt tensions and such
> with that arrangement though. Right now gravity helps to keep the motor
> pedestal leaning back, though the real adjustment is that rod that levers
> into an overcenter arrangement...
> Anyway, just thought folks might think it was cool. I'm kinda pumped that
> this is a vintage tool type thing that I can actually use. :-) I'm still
> just learning about the South Bend lathes (and pretty much lathe use in
> general, though I've done some work in the past with one), so please feel
> free to offer up advice on essential bits to have, common modifications,
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