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1936 South Bend Type 15 Lathe
the immediate forerunner to the Model C of 1939

Although no manual was printed for the Model 5 or 15,
an interesting catalog is available and other South Bend Literature


Models 5, & Type 15 Home Page Original, well-preserved Model 405   
South Bend Home Page    South Bend 9-inch Workshop Home Page

A superb restoration by Dennis Turk in the U.S.A., this 1936 Model 415 shows the steady progression from the early, light Model 5 Type 405 towards the Models A, B and C 9-inch Workshop lathes of the late 1930s - the "4" in "415" indicating a bench countershaft model, or a lathe driven by a similar countershaft, but on simple cast-iron floor legs.
Shipped to Tom Mood of Chicago, in November of 1935, the lathe has an interesting history: it was purchased to help in the making of model trains and aircraft and was, at the time, the newest incarnation of the type. Tom had a wife and a young son and used the lathe for about three years until, in 1939 or 1940, on the eve of the outbreak of WW2, he joined the Navy. Tom was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and lost his life in the Japanese attack.  His wife remarried in 1948 and moved to California, taking Tom's lathe with her - but it was never set up, or run instead being carefully covered and kept oiled. The machine eventually passed to Tom's grandson, who decided to dispose of it to a good home - the first sight of the machine being the countershaft appearing on eBay. Dennis Turk immediately recognised it as a particular type and emailed, asking if the rest of the lathe was available.  Negotiations, and a promise to show the machine in a museum and not run it, saw the ownership transferred. Dennis writes: "
This lathe was about the easiest restoration I have ever done, as it was like new when I got it.  I only brightened up the bare metal and put a fresh coat of paint on it.  I did not even remove the old paint, the original was so good - all it needed was some color put back on. The lathe sits in the front entry of Turk Mfg. in Hillsboro. Oregon..

Models 5, & Type 15 Home Page   Original, well-preserved Model 405 
 
South Bend Home Page    South Bend 9-inch Workshop Home Page

Although no manual was printed for the Model 5 or 15,
an interesting catalog is available and other South Bend Literature


1936 South Bend Type 15 Lathe
the immediate forerunner to the Model C of 1939
email: tony@lathes.co.uk
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