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cuemaker
01-13-2005, 11:12 PM
I found an absoultly large lathe. It has a 24" swing with a 10ft bed. Its almost as tall as I am. (5'10") It must weight 8-12,000lbs

It has a ?combo? chuck, It can have 3jaws and 4jaws. The face place is so big it takes the over head crane to move it.

Its for sale $750. The old man selling it wanted to know if anybody would possibly buy it or should he sell it for scrap??

What do you think?

BillH
01-13-2005, 11:16 PM
The problem is moving the damn thing. Unless you got the equiptment to move it, gonna cost a lot.

cuemaker
01-13-2005, 11:20 PM
Oh, I didnt mention that its OLD. Like 1930's. I have no way of knowing. It is belt driven.

Michael Moore
01-13-2005, 11:26 PM
There are pics of some 1930s 25" LeBlonds at

http://www.lathes.co.uk/leblond/page1.html

and the following pages.

cheers,
Michael

JS
01-13-2005, 11:31 PM
Where is it?

cuemaker
01-13-2005, 11:35 PM
Columbus Ohio

cuemaker
01-13-2005, 11:36 PM
Will have pics tomorrow night for ya!!!

cuemaker
01-13-2005, 11:56 PM
Mike,

Re do that link, I cant open it. And when i search that site, I cant find the 25"'s. But i do wear glasses!

JPR
01-14-2005, 12:07 AM
http://www.lathes.co.uk/leblond/page3.html

3 Phase Lightbulb
01-14-2005, 12:09 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by cuemaker:
Mike,

Re do that link, I cant open it. And when i search that site, I cant find the 25"'s. But i do wear glasses!</font>

I think this is the right URL:

http://www.lathes.co.uk/leblond/index.html

-3Ph


[This message has been edited by 3 Phase Lightbulb (edited 01-14-2005).]

Forrest Addy
01-14-2005, 12:14 AM
I would be a crying shame to send that monster off to the foundry ladle especially if it's complete and functional. It needs someone to warehouse it until someone with either a machine re-builder's background or a deep wallet and a strong sense of technological history comes along to rescue it, lovingly restore it to like new condition, and place it in an industrial museum.

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 12:27 AM
Well, I wasnt interested in the thing when I was there. I will take pics tomorrow for you all. I think they moved a motor to the top and put a car transmition on top to change gears.

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 12:29 AM
Well Forrest, lets start a fund. Every member pitch in $25 and then go from there. Can be a group gift to an industrial museum

3 Phase Lightbulb
01-14-2005, 12:31 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by cuemaker:
Well, I wasnt interested in the thing when I was there. I will take pics tomorrow for you all. I think they moved a motor to the top and put a car transmition on top to change gears.

</font>

Just add a set of wheels and drive it home then.. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

-3Ph

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 12:47 AM
LOL, its damn big enough!

vinito
01-14-2005, 02:54 AM
Lol. Probably look cool with some outriggers and a boom.

rockrat
01-14-2005, 07:46 PM
Columbus?
Which end of town?

Sounds like one that my company let go. Had to give it away because that rigging was more than the cost of the lathe. Damn shame.

Cuemaker, didnt realize that you live so close. The guy that owns the computer place in town where your profile has you listed lives at the end of the street that I live on. Small world, we should get coffee and exchange war stories some time.

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andy_b
01-14-2005, 08:16 PM
if someone has a way to get it to my place (eastern PA), i'd pay at least half the $750 and store it in my garage. i'm glad i don't live in Columbus or my wife would encourage me to see how comfortable it is sleeping on the "bed" of that monster.
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

andy b.

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 08:31 PM
Ok all, I have pics. Trying to get webshots to show em for you.

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 08:52 PM
Check out the big lathe here

http://community.webshots.com/user/robmoore104

Its in the album "new lathe"

Pics may take a bit to show on the web. If you dont see them, try again in a bit.

cuemaker
01-14-2005, 09:10 PM
Rockrat,

Would like to get together. I will send you an email

wierdscience
01-14-2005, 10:34 PM
Lathe looks to be right around the turn of the century(1900) I have an old New Haven that dates to 1905,full quickchange is the biggest clue as to the age,although you do see them as late as the 1920's.

$750 is okay for a running machine,but I have seen them go a lot cheaper.My New Haven I got for free,24x120" with 6" factory riser blocks making is 36x120".I have been trying to give it away for several years with no takers.I may make it into a big wood lathe for column or bowl work,or it may get scrapped.