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Purcell 4.5-inch South Bend Copy
An Operation and Parts Manual is available for this lathe

Purcell Home Page  New Visby Mk. 3   South Bend Copy   10.5" & 12.5"

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Amongst the many copies of the original pre-WW2 South Bend 9-inch lathe - those known include Blomqvist, Boxford, Hercus, Joinville, Moody, Sanches Blanes, Sheraton, Smart & Brown, Storebro and Boffelli & Finazzi - the basic versions made by Purcell probably stayed unchanged for the longer than any other. However, it appears likely from catalogue dates that Purcell were the first to follow South Bend down the "Underdrive" route - a design pioneered for small lathes by Sheldon in the USA. By fitting the lathe to a self-contained stand it was possible to offer schools and engineering training organisations a machine with many of the more dangerous elements safely locked away from the attentions of straying fingers.
Purcell offered at least two underdrive stands: one a complete unit with storage cupboards and the other a very unusual  poverty version with the right-hand section replaced by a simple leg..

Basic Purcell Model C South Bend 9-inch copy with flat-belt drive

Purcell Model A with screwcutting gearbox, power sliding and surfacing and a 16-speed countershaft drive with V-belts to the spindle

Purcell Model B (power sliding and surfacing feeds with screwcutting by changewheels) mounted on the maker's underdrive stand

Purcell Model C on a cheaper version of the underdrive stand


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Purcell 4.5-inch South Bend Copy
An Operation and Parts Manual is available for this lathe

Purcell Home Page  New Visby Mk. 3   South Bend Copy   10.5" & 12.5"

Other Australian-built machine tools here