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Discussion in 'R.K. LEBLOND MACHINE TOOL CO.' started by dcheff, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. dcheff

    dcheff United States Active User Active Member

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    So i was dropping off a load of scrap today when i turned a corner, the clouds parted, the rains ceased, angels started singing. I saw a leblond regal 24" lathe sitting next to a giant pile of rubble. I went up to it and instantly knew it was going home with me. I am going back out tomorrow with tools to tear the machine down a bit to make sure the internals are still good. I am at least going to rehome this machine, but if it works better than my sidney then i will keep the leblond. I just couldnt leave this machine to be melted down. Just wanted to post since ive finally came into one of these deals im always jealous of[​IMG]
     
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    Holy ****! That thing is huge! You could fit the empire state building between those centers. I am so happy for you. That's a nice heep of metal. Some guys have all the luck. I had to shell out thousands for a Taiwanese lathe.

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    Gonna need pics!!

    Daryl
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    +1 on that!!!
    what a wonderful find!!!!
    you must be livin' right DCHEFF!!!
    i can't wait to see it, you lucky dog!
     
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    Some people have all the luck.
     
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    Good job on the save!! I don't do lottos but am feeling lucky so maybe I will visit the scrappers today.
     
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    I hope the old girl turns out to be savable - it's such a pity to see great old iron like that going to the scrap yard.
     
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    I got the red X. Here's the picture:

    leblond.jpg
     
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    Great find
     
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    Any chance we might know how much you paid for it?
    My guess is that it weighs 10000 lbs. :)
     
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    Most scrap yards sale something like that for
    35 cents per Lb.
    I just bought a cast iron table out of the scrap
    Yard it was a old Murrell vertical bandsaw
    That was heavy solid cast iron .
    They didn't weigh it they just estimated the weight
    at 500 lbs . And I paid 30 cents per. Lb.
    $150.
     
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    Here is the finished table after I painted it and put a
    Particle board top and Vice on it.
    I really think it weighs closer to 800 to 900 lbs.
     

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    What a beauty!!! I hope you restore this one and make a new door for the left leg. Should be easy to have a cast copy made from the existing door.
     
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    My buddy works at Cadillac casting so i was thinking about seeing if he could make me one for it, or try to find one on ebar or what not

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    It would probably be cheaper to remake, and much easier. Shoot photos of this over to Keith Rucker, I'm sure he has tons of LeBlond part acquisition knowledge he can pass along
     
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    dcheff United States Active User Active Member

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    Is kieth a member on here? Or how do i get in touch with him?

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    ideologist United States Steel Registered Member

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    He's on youtube and at vintagemachinery.org - he has an extraordinarily detailed video series on restoring an old LeBlond similar to this era. Here is a link to the video series:
     
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    Good Lord! Ya making cannons? :D I wish I had enough room for something like that. Great find. Not to cast a shadow on anything but I wonder if the bed could be twisted from sitting like that? Keep this thread alive Dcheff and give us the play by plays as you tear into this monster. Some videos would be cool also, just say'in. I can't fit something this big in my shop so I'm going to have to live vicariously through you. :grin big:
     
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    I have a Regal Leblond very similar to the one pictured, except it is a 19" swing; I have owned it since the 1970s (built in 1944, same as me) It came off a Liberty ship that was scrapped and was and is in excellent condition; I like the Regals, since they are lighter than the Heavy Duty Leblonds and handle easier for lighter work. I like that they will accept change gears for special threads, and I equipped mine for metric threading as well as diametral pitch leads and other special threads. Some lathes, such as the Monarch 14" toolroom lathe that I had in my shop that I retired from did not have this ability.
    I recently needed to cut a double lead acme screw with 1" lead and was able to do it with change gears, as the lathe would cut only as coarse as 2TPI otherwise. This part will be used on a steam donkey that we are getting into operation at Sturgeon's Mill near Graton and Sebastopol Ca. They have a web site, just Google Sturgeon's Mill to find it. The mill is entirely run by steam and has been on it's present site since 1924 but quit production in 1964; we run for the public four times per year, the first for this year are the 6th and 7th of May, the others are posted on the web site. I volunteer there running the engines and do machine work and pattern making for reproducing replacement parts.
     
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    Congrats so glad you saved her from the muncher. She will work hard for the guy who saw her beauty and usefullness. Good luck everyone deserves some even little ones. I wish I had more room to save more from scrap hell. Theyre great lathes to own and operate.
     
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    So what is the latest? Did you check it out yet? Is it all there? Have you moved it? I just got's to know! :cool:
     
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    well as of right now it is sitting in my driveway at my shop, I am in the process of tearing it down and cleaning it for paint. it is missing a few pieces I am just about to post that I am looking for. only problem I have found with it is a bent cross feed handle and the base leg under the headstock has a corner cracked off of it.
     
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    You never did say what you had to give for it
    Or did you
     
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    dcheff United States Active User Active Member

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    ended up costing me just under 1000 for the lathe. it was 4875 lbs or so and 20 cents a lb
     
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    Nice find, if it was me, pull the top off to check for broken gears. Drain the oil, flush with Kero a few times put the top back on and run it. Why ruin 73 years of patina with new paint? :):rolleyes:.
     
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    its been sitting in a junkyard for a few month so its just falling off, this is not patina, if it were original paint that looked good i would def be keeping it, this is more of a way to keep it from rusting more.
     
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    How do the gears look? Any damage?

    Since you are going to paint it, have you decided on a color? I have never been a fan of red or "safety blue". I love seeing the machine tools painted black with silver or gold trim. They look beautiful, but I don't know how they look after a year or two of use. I see several guys using the hammertone paint from rust-oleum with good results. I used spray epoxy on the interior of a oil sump and it work very well. A nice hard surface, I think it would be good for the exterior of a lathe or mill.
     
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    Gears are great, i checked them before buying the lathe. Spindle is super smooth. As for color i am going leblond red with machinery gray for accents and probably rechroming all of the handles
     
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    Sorry it took me so long to respond. I've been soaking in bleach trying to get the green (with envy) out of my skin. Sounds pretty good so far The leg sounds like a fairly easy weld job. It's probably grade A cast to, considering it's age. It sounds like all the important stuff is kosher. Did the bed suffer any damage sitting uneven like that for what I'm assuming is awhile?
     

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