Hercus South Bend Purcell South Bend Sheraton South Bend
Although carrying a Demco badge, it's uncertain if this South Bend 9-inch "Workshop" lathe was made in Australia, or imported. The writer tends to the latter view, the lathe closely resembling that illustrated in the South Bend catalogue for 1939 and coded as the Model 115-YB, 115-ZB and 115-AB, these having between-centres capacities of 17, 23 and 29 inches respectively (the appropriate page is shown below).
These under-driven models, while identical mechanically to the rear-drive models, were distinguished by a different headstock casting that allowed the belt to run vertically downwards. Unfortunately, this design meant the lathe was only offered as the basic Model C, it being impossible to fit the screwcutting gearbox of the Model A. However, it might be that, to special order, South Bend would have supplied the lathe configured as a Model B with a power feed apron.