I've been lurking here for a while and trying to do my homework before I bother folks with beginner questions. I have ordered a used copy of, "How To Run A Lathe," and have some skimpy parts info so far.
Here's the story: neighboring friend and farmer bought a 16" x 10 foot-bed SB a few months ago at a farm auction. Then, more recently, together we saw another SB 16" x 8 foot at the same auction site...looked a little ragged, but passer-by acquaintence machinest thought it would clean up. Neighbor bought it for, "parts," as he put it, for $600. He doesn't have room for another one, so it's here in my little shop. It might just stay here. Model 117E, s/n puts it close to a 1941 model. It is cleaning up OK. One problem is the quick change gearbox, "arched," lever was broken off so I have that out and hope it can be brazed or welded. I've used little cheap hobby lathes some, but this is my first REAL lathe and I'm pretty happy to deal with something that seems built well. I have no illusion of it being laboratory quality for precision, but I think it can do all I need and I'm not in any hurry with projects. It does have a taper attachment.
What I have to deal with is that it is a 3-phase motor. I know I can buy a converter. I also think I might be able to find a single-phase 220V motor. What do any of you suggest as to how you would go about checking out this lathe's motor?? I don't even know if the motor in it works. I expect to just pull the motor out, but if I got a converter, maybe I don't have to. I also haven't worked on one of these so it will be a learning experience.
I guess I'm really asking what you might suggest in my approach to a new, old lathe, with unknown qualities and motor.
I do not have 3-phase available here.
Thoughts for me as a new participant here would be appreciated.
Odessa/Ritzville, E. WA state