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May 11th, 2019 at 8:29pm
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Just paid for a big brother to my little 7x14 Grizzly lathe.  Ron Heilman (sight maker extraordinaire) had this South Band Heavy 10 with 4.5' bed and hardened ways.  It came with some great tooling as shown.
Adjustable 6", 6 jaw scroll chuck, 6" 4 jaw chuck, steady rest, follower rest, micrometer carriage stop, 5 C collet closer, collet tray, QC tool post and other goodies.  Won't be picking the lathe up until later next week.  Gives me time to rearrange my shop.

This is the last big toy on my pre-retirement bucket list  Going to have to fine a hole in the back yard to bury all the barrels I mess up  Grin
  

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Reply #1 - May 11th, 2019 at 9:15pm
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Congrats ! Great machine and the tooling to get you going ! I have been running a 13" sb as a rank beginner and love it. Found the old southbend "how to run a lathe" book very helpful. I think John Hinnants book "the complete illustrated guide to precision rifle barrel fitting" is good. He talks about working between centers and through the headstock. Touches on the "gordy gritters" aka grizzly rod method too though there are a couple better resources for that method. Im sure the more experienced guys can chime in. I found an old southbend machine shop projects book with lots of increasingly difficult shop projects a great way to start making chips. Congrats again you will love that machine.

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Reply #2 - May 11th, 2019 at 9:24pm
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Congrats, you will love it, great machine. I have one just like it that I have owned now for probably 10 years. Mine came with much much tooling. Smiley Have fun
  
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Reply #3 - May 11th, 2019 at 9:30pm
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Zack,

I have both those books.  Now I have to start studying them more.  I also have a two volume machine shop training course and Machine Shop Trade Secrets by Harvey.  Tubal Cain on You tube is a great resource as well.

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Reply #4 - May 11th, 2019 at 9:35pm
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Haha I love tubalcain. There are a ton of great youtube guys out there if you are so inclined. I like this old tony too. Not a gunsmithing channel but lots of good shop stuff and he is a closeted airgun guy. Glad you got a collet closer with it. I use my collets a ton. Probably more than my chucks for small gun part stuff. I have been liking using collet blocks on the mill too. Surprising how many little bits can have features cut on the lathe in collets then transferred to the mill in collet blocks to have other features cut. Im in the very green stage so always learning. Best- zack
  
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Reply #5 - May 12th, 2019 at 7:36am
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If your falling asleep your taking too light of a cut.  If the Machine is jumping around your taking too heavy of a cut.  If the parts won't go together you need to take more off.  If they fall apart on assembly you took off too much.  Simple, Yup!  A challenge, Yup!
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Reply #6 - May 12th, 2019 at 8:46am
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If Ron had it, it has to be a good machine! Good see that picture with Ron standing there. He looks like he's still doing great! Tell Ron I said hello when you pick up the lathe!
  

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Reply #7 - May 12th, 2019 at 10:19am
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Congratulations Jack !
  
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Vall,
Ron seems to be doing fine. He said the demand for his soule sight has dropped off with the cheaper alternatives on the market but the German sights are still selling.  He has a table at Puyallup still and has been shooting military CBA.  I think he said he won the match at Paul Bunyan yesterday morning. I look forward to making chips on that lathe.

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Reply #9 - May 12th, 2019 at 1:35pm
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Jack,
Thank you for the Email.

That's a really nice looking lathe, with all the tooling you should need (for now  Smiley).

I'm sure your wife will know where to find you for at least the next year  Roll Eyes

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Reply #10 - May 12th, 2019 at 3:06pm
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bpjack wrote on May 12th, 2019 at 10:52am:
Vall,
Ron seems to be doing fine. He said the demand for his soule sight has dropped off with the cheaper alternatives on the market but the German sights are still selling.  He has a table at Puyallup still and has been shooting military CBA.  I think he said he won the match at Paul Bunyan yesterday morning. I look forward to making chips on that lathe.

Jack


Looks like he's got a new seller in  his thimbles for the Pacific Ballard barrels! He's been doing good with those sales recently.
  

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Reply #11 - May 13th, 2019 at 8:29am
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nice lathe, you may know this or not....set up the lathe using a precision machinists level. check end to end so there is not a twist to the bed. the old SB will love you for that. this will get you the inherent accuracy it was made with.
  
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Reply #12 - May 13th, 2019 at 9:08am
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Jack:

Let me know when you are taking orders.

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Reply #13 - May 13th, 2019 at 1:08pm
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My Lathe is directly mounted onto a very solid piece of angle iron, the intent to keep the bed from twisting and it being level to the base itself. In others words when using a machinist level all though the base is not perfectly level the reading on the machinist level reads the same across the ways for their entire length. I also cannot detect any twisting in the base while prying up on one corner trying to purposely induce a different reading on the machinist level across the ways. In other words I believe it to be a better mounting system compared to a typical and separate from lathe base and I hope that makes some sense.
  
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Reply #14 - May 13th, 2019 at 2:05pm
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Terms of parallel, twisted and flat actually get pretty muddy when talking about lathes and Im not quakified to give a treatise. Precision work can be turned out on a lathe mounted to the floor of a ships machine shop because the bed ways and floor are parallel. The concrete floor in my shop changes enough with temperature that my lathe level pics up a few thou of difference
  
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