Awesome site

This site is awesome.
I'm not a machinist by any stretch of the imagination, in fact, the last time I ran a lathe was about 30 years ago. I took a basic machine shop class, that met 2 evenings a week for 3 hrs. at a vo-tech. I do like to restore old John Deere tractors and stationary engines, and Maytags. So I thought a lathe would be kind of fun (and useful).

I just bought a 9A last weekend. It's all there, along with some tooling and Jacobs chucks. It runs and sounds good. It has the war dept tag on the front at the end of the bed. Based on the serial number, and the list I found on this site, I think it's a 1941 model. I don't think I got hurt at all at $500.00. I'll get some pics on here soon.

I'm going to do a complete restoration on it before I do anything else with it. N/a's rebuild thread is real inspirational.
I'll keep ya'll posted.

Welcome, You have come to the right place. This site does have a wealth of information and we will be glad to try to help you. Just remember, when in doubt ask questions here first. Before you mess something up. Not doing so could be costly.
Note: Take plenty of pictures of your lathe before and as you take it apart, as well as after you put it back together. It is the easiest and cheapest way to document everything you do. It will not only help you when you go back together with it, It will help you identify the parts and where they go. Place everything in Ziploc bags or plastic bins and mark them. There is a lot of little parts that can get lost Or left off if you don't.
Pictures also help when you have a problem and we love to see before and after shots of your Lathe.
If you have not already done so go to "SWells site" There you will find a lot of information on your lathe. In particular the "U.S. Army 9" manual". This has a parts list for your lathe and will help you identify parts and where they go. If you want to look up the history of South Bend lathe go to "Lathe.UK". It is a UK company and they carried parts that are compatible with the South Bend lathe/Boxford machine. They also have a lot of information on other machines if you have the time to go through their site. It is the go to site for identifying any lathe or milling machine that you might run across.
Also "tools for cheap" carries Reproduction accessories for your lathe. If you need anything go their first.
Stay safe and have fun. And again welcome.

Yes, ZipLock bags, a sharpie and a digital camera will be your best friends during a rebuild! Even more than the guys that helped you carry it down the basement stairs!
Also, find PM user SWBrooks and get his excellent rebuild manual and a rebuild kit, which includes all the felts, wipers and gaskets you will need. You can find it on ebay, but if you email him here, he'll save the ebay and paypal fees.
And welcome!

Lots of fun ahead. I would love getting a nice little lathe.

as you have restored Maytag engines and tractors you know all about taking photos and parts trays or bags....John Deere tractors are much
harder to put back together than a small lathe....ask me how I know that.

THANKS for the warm welcome.
And yes, zip lock baggies, sharpie, camera, etc. they're all part of the rebuild necessities.
Packrat, not only will the lathe be easier to put back together than the JD, it doesn't weigh NEARLY as much.
Thanks again and I'll stay in touch.

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