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South Bend Serial Numbers

catskinner

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I have a 10" South Bend and am trying to identify it positively. Here is a pic I took of where the serial number is supposed to be. I think it says U B H?O 2 serial number.jpg
 

catskinner

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I got more of the bed cleaned up and found this on the other rail of the bed. I puzzles me the letters have periods after them like some ones initials. sn 3.jpg
 

GlennS

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If you haven't already, Google "South Bend Lathe Identification" then look for a website with WS Wells in it, that will bring up a page with a lot of info on the serial numbers. Perhaps the W.E.F. was added by a previous owner?
 

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If you haven't already, Google "South Bend Lathe Identification" then look for a website with WS Wells in it, that will bring up a page with a lot of info on the serial numbers. Perhaps the W.E.F. was added by a previous owner?
OK I'll do that, thanks for the info. I think the lathe was owned by the government until purchased by the guy I got it from. It was originally purchased by the PA Signal Corp and my buddy got it from either the USFS or the BLM in central ID.
 
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