The south bend machine tool co. In the 1920s through 1960s south bend lathes were found in countless machine shops and factories and they were also one of the most commonly used brands in vocational schools.
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South bend lathe works history. Miles worked for thomas edison for a time and then the two of them studied engineering at purdue university. In a quarter century south bend lathe works had become the largest exclusive manufacturer of metalworking precision lathes in the world. In 1959 the company was bought by amsted industries american steel which added new products to its production line.
Over 43000 lathes have been produced. The south bend lathe works was established in south bend indiana november 1st 1906. This is a quick introduction to the 1947 south bend model 9a metalworking lathe that i recently bought and spent several weeks cleaning and repairing.
After working for several years around indiana. It is now back in service after what appears. October 1931 catalog no 92.
Company once made 47 of engine lathes in us. Within just a short 25 years of being founded south bend lathe works became the largest manufacturer of lathes in the world serving 88 countries and all types of industries like schools scientific labs home shops naval ships and industrial production. Our purpose is to provide information about vintage machinery that is generally difficult to locate.
Two years after studebaker closed south bend lathe moved into one of its buildings on sample street. Was founded in 1906 by identical twins john obrien and miles obrien. Like many companies south bend lathe works switched to wartime production during world war ii.
South bend lathe history. Machining backshells out of 6061 al. Each size lathe is made up in large lots and the component parts are produced in factory lots of 100 to 1000.
They had both spent their early working years at the stanley works. By 1919 south bend lathe works manufactured 44 sizes of one style of lathe and by 1930 built 47 percent of the engine lathes in the united states during 1929 and 1930 according to a news report published in 1931 which cited a study by the us. The production capacity is normally about 4800 lathes per year.
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