A Little Hitch in My Giddyup



Its funny how life will throw you a curve every once in a while. Just about the time when things are starting to hit on all eight cylinders…..the bottom drops out. A couple of months back (two days before my birthday to be exact), just when I was getting the shop truck project into high gear, I had the bad judgement to have a heart attack. Not bad enough to get me to room temperature, but it sure got my attention. I got my first (and hopefully my last) ambulance ride, and 45 minutes later had a real nice stainless steel stint in my heart.  Don’t want to sound like a complainer, but I can think of better ways to spend my time.





I did get a month off from work, which was a bit of a bonus, but the ball&chain wouldn’t let me down into the shop other than to fill orders, so other than the three day delay from my stay in intensive care; the store didn’t suffer any permanent damage.  My continuing schedule at the cardiac rehab gym has taken some of my free time away from the truck project, but a side benefit has been that I’ve lost 15 pounds and I feel like a new man. I’ll trade a little free time to work on the truck for feeling as good as I feel now.


I had a lot of time to think about the shop while I was at home, and realized I hadn’t followed through with some of my goals for the site. I haven’t added any new products or literature in a while. I haven’t shot any new videos for YouTube in a while, and I’ve got a load of stuff to do in the shop that warrants shooting some vids. I’m nearly done with my  cardio rehab regimen, and plan on getting some of that stuff done. New products for the store include: lab wash bottle oilers (long out of stock) from what looks to be a good source, a small lot of Bridgeport mill way oil hand oilers, and a bunch of posters I had printed a while back.

With my Son’s help, I’ve gotten most of the stores shipping glitches squared away, and added a new size package for International customers that should save them a ton of money on shipping (Domestic customers may find it appealing, too). He’s relieved me of some glaring problems with the site that leave me free to attend to fun stuff. I’m not saying that I’ve had an epiphany or anything, but I’m sure that there will be a little bit more action out of this old croaker in the coming months (at least more than in the last couple of months)……………………




Back From Vacation in The Rockies

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I had the good fortune to spend two weeks in the Rockies with my wife and two adult children recently. My son lives right outside Denver, and he hosted a number interesting excursions for us, from a trek through the Rockies at 12,000 feet to a dinner at the Casa Bonita (of Southpark fame). Many thanks to him for the great time we had; two weeks to clear the head and regroup.


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South Bend Bulletins

Free downloads to help maintain your South Bend machinery compliments of our website. We have formatted .PDF copies of the original 1942  service bulletins once distributed by South Bend Lathe Works.

Come here to read them or download for offline use / printing. It is a good idea to slip printed copies into plastic page protectors, put the pages in a three ring binder, and keep these handy bulletins at hand near your machine.

We introduce the bulletins with South Bend’s own descriptions from page two, click on the title links  to load each bulletin.  (Adobe Reader plugin is required):

Bulletin H-1 – “Keep Your Lathe Clean”.
Shows how protecting the lathe from abrasive dirt will increase production, reduce scrap, and lengthen the life of the lathe.

Bulletin H-2 – “Oiling the Lathe”.
Explains the importance of adequate lubrication.

Bulletin H-3 – “The Installation and Leveling of the Lathe”.
Gives detailed information on the correct installation and leveling of the lathe for precision work.

Bulletin H-4 – “Keep Your Lathe in Trim”.
Tells how to make all necessary adjustments, check power supply, protect lathe from abuse, and keep lathe in best operating condition.

General Maintenance

H-3 Install and Level Your Lathe

This is a scan of an original South Bend Lathe Works Bulletin H-3, (published in 1942). It covers about all you need to know to get your lathe in trim. If you click on any image it will display LARGE and you can print it out for future reference.