Over a 1,000 different machine manuals and books available
Over a 1,000 different machine manuals and books available

SOUTH BEND How to Run a Lathe Manual 1950s-late 1900

Id: 0689


86 in stock


Number of Pages: 129

This is a reproduction, not a photocopy, of an original South Bend How to Run a Lathe 55th Edition. This manual covers South Bend lathes made in the early years circa 1950s-late 1900s. This is the operators manual that South Bend made for their 9″-24″ lathes produced in that time frame. It covers everything shown in the contents section listed below and more.

For your convenience, I have printed up three different version of this How to Run a Lathe manual to cover the large span of lathes that South Bend produced from circa 1906 to the late 1900s. The approximate date of the manuals I have are from 1906-1930s, 1930s-1950s, and 1950s-late 1900s. Some of the manuals overlap on certain machines and parts, because South Bend didn’t change every machine and part at precise times, but I can help you match the appropriate manual with your machine.

I reproduced this manual, because of the many request from my customers that wanted a cleaner larger manual that is easier to view. This manual has been enlarged from 5.25″x8″  to 8.5″x11″ and is laser printed. It is comb bound so it lays flat on the work bench. Like all of my other manuals, I have digitally edited every page so it looks as good or better than the original.


Gear Box:

Some of the lathes made for the time frame covered by this manual were made without gear boxes for threading, but some did have a gear box. Below is a picture of the gear box that was used in this time frame.


Other Pictures:



I have collected this information for many years and have found the information they contain to be priceless in using and setting up the machines properly. I believe this manual will be a valuable resource of knowledge that will provide a lot of helpful information that is often hard to find. My manuals are not photocopies. I maintain a high standard of quality in my reproductions. Most of the manuals I reproduce look better than their originals. I have professionally digitally edited every page, and removed stains, wrinkles and handwriting. All of the manuals are printed on thick white paper to withstand shop wear and tear.



There are no reviews yet!

Be the first to write a review


We do more than sell manuals.


We are a father and son team that operate a 5,000 sq/ft metal machine and wood shop. We've had to design our own machines (including CNC), and fixtures for our wood working. We make some of the smallest most precise inlay in the world. We maintain tolerances of 0.0005" in a 12" strip of wood, and we have duck calls with over 1,100 pieces of wood in them.


We've collected various machines and accumulated lots of manuals over the years, and we like to help keep these old machines running. Some of the manuals on this site are from machines in our shop like the Rockwell 10" unisaw, Rockwell uniplane, Walker Turner 1100 16" band saw, etc.. Check out our About Us page, and feel free to Contact Us with any questions. Our main site is Ozarkwoodworker.com. We plan to offer more products in the future. Check out our Ozark Shop Talk Blog.
We offer free domestic shipping, and upgrades to express methods. We ship every business day. International shipping is available. We offer First Class and Priority Flat Rate. Shipping cost should be calculated automatically during checkout.