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South Bend 9-inch Clones
The Moody Lathe
Handbooks, Parts Lists, Catalog Sets & flat belts are available for these lathes
Blomqvist - Boxford - Hercus - Joinville - Moody - PurcellSanches Blanes
- Sheraton - Smart & Brown - Storebro   Boffelli & Finazzi - Demco - NSTC
- Select (Lin Huan) - Parkanson - UFP

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A South Bend 9-inch copy manufactured by machine-tool makers Matthew Moody & Sons of Terrebonne in Quebec, Canada, the Moody had its swing increased to 11 inches (5.5-inch centre height) and a distinctly-different headstock assembly with the front face fully enclosed (and so stiffened) with the large-bore spindle running in roller races. While the headstock (like that on the English Boxford) was a marked improvement on that used by the ordinary 9-inch South Bend, the remainder of the design, apart from those changes necessary to compensate for the increased centre height and weight, looks to have been very much left alone. The saddle, cross slide and top slide castings were increased in thickness - necessary to raise the cutting tool to the correct height - and the idler and leadscrew gears in the changewheel train both had to be increased in diameter, a change that had the benefit of allowing a finer rate of carriage feed to be set up. The tailstock and carriage handwheels had a rather delicate appearance and seem to have been pressure cast in ZAMAK -  but are reported to have been in cast iron, though with (apparently) very little machining required to clean them up; perhaps the reality is that both types were used. One small but significant improvement was the use of a clevis end on the changewheel guard support arm, a modification that would have prevented the  recurring tendency of the original to flop down as the metal packing around its mounting pin compacted. Unfortunately, even the frustratingly-small micrometer dials of the original compound slide rest were retained - with other unmodified parts including the hardened square-headed nut for the saddle clamp, the exact shape of the leadscrew clasp-nut lever and the tumble-reverse lever with its inconvenient bolt instead of spring-indexed location. One interesting modification by Moody was the scrapping of the very short bed feet used by South Bend and their replacement by much longer items along the lines of those long-used used on the ubiquitous American 10-inch Atlas.
If you have a Moody lathe of any kind the writer would be pleased to hear from you..

While the whole lathe is  largely traditional 9-inch South Bend in appearance, the design of the bed feet looks to have been borrowed from the American 10-inch Atlas

Moody Countershaft - almost identical to the South Bend but a V-belt pulleys on both the motor spindle and the driven spindle on the countershaft. On the South bend the makers used a narrow flat

The tumble-reverse lever, with its inconvenient bolt instead of spring-indexed location, was carried over from the South bend to the Moody. Note the clevis end on the changewheel guard support arm

In order to lift the cutting tool to the correct 5.5-inch centre height the saddle and both cross and top slides were thicker than those on the original 9-inch model. The tiny micrometer dials of the original were retained, as were even such minor details as the square-headed nut for the saddle clamp and the exact shape of the leadscrew clasp-nut lever. Although the tailstock and carriage handwheels had every appearance of being cast in ZAMAK (with a rather delicate appearance) they are reported to be in cast - though with very little machining to clean them up. Possibly both kinds were usedů.

Another view of the noticeably deeper top and cross slide castings used on the Moody

Tailstock handwheel - surely, this must be a ZAMAK casting?

The length and mass of the long bed foot is clearly evident in this picture

Evident in this picture is the standard South-Bend-like  eccentric-spindle backgear assembly
and over-centre countershaft handle and the novel clevis end on the changewheel guard

A clear illustration of the mass of the Moody headstock with its large frontal bulges to clear the backgear and pulleys

Ornately styled changewheel guard

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South Bend 9-inch Clones
The Moody Lathe
Handbooks, Parts Lists, Catalog Sets & flat belts are available for these lathes
Blomqvist - Boxford - Hercus - Joinville - Moody - PurcellSanches Blanes
- Sheraton - Smart & Brown - Storebro   Boffelli & Finazzi - Demco - NSTC
- Select (Lin Huan) - Parkanson

Original 1934 9-inch Model 5   South Bend Home Page   Accessories   An Unused 9-inch
South Bend 9-inch Home Page   South Bend 9-inch Clones   In the Factory