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Anyone have personal experience with a 1940's vintage Leblond Lathe like this one?

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  • Anyone have personal experience with a 1940's vintage Leblond Lathe like this one?

    I have an opportunity to get this lathe but I'm wondering if it would be worth it. The only Leblond lathe experience I have is with a 15" Dual Drive which is a deluxe machine. I've never really cared for the look and feel of the newer Leblond Regal lathes but the older ones may be better. Anyone out there used one of these lathes. It's a 13 X 36 or maybe 40, D1-4 spindle nose. Not sure of the HP but it is 3 phase.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Ron





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    Current owner looks like a slob. I've only worked on the servo-shift models. That looks like a very short bed. Is the C-C distance useful for the jobs you get? What kind of funky toolpost does it have? How many holders? Any other chucks, faceplates, collet drawtube, etc? Is it powered up? Check the gears for missing teeth.
    Last edited by reggie_obe; 05-19-2019, 05:15 PM.

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    • #3
      Yeah, that looks to be the same vintage as a 13"one I have. I don't recall the exact age of mine, but it was some time in the early '40s. ...except mine's a nice gray, and a bit cleaner than that one, tho not by a lot.
      Mine is 24" between centers.
      Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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      • #4
        Leblond experience

        Originally posted by nc5a View Post
        I have an opportunity to get this lathe but I'm wondering if it would be worth it. The only Leblond lathe experience I have is with a 15" Dual Drive which is a deluxe machine. I've never really cared for the look and feel of the newer Leblond Regal lathes but the older ones may be better. Anyone out there used one of these lathes. It's a 13 X 36 or maybe 40, D1-4 spindle nose. Not sure of the HP but it is 3 phase.

        Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

        Ron




        It looks a lot like mine, and I really like mine. Your stand looks stronger than mine which is just cast iron legs. Also my bed is longer, but I don't think I've ever used more than half of it. My chuck mount is threaded, so yours should be better there. I don't post often, so I hope this works OK.
        I know everyone likes pictures, but posting them is beyond my abilities
        I think you will like the lathe if you do mostly hobby, home shop type work.
        Enjoy it, John

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        • #5
          LeBlond has parts available for all their lathes.
          doesn't matter the age, they still support parts.
          Call them and inquire about that machine.

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          • #6
            LeBlond Regal. Nice lathes but lighter duty. Be sure to check the head stock gears. If you try to treat that lathe like a Monarch or Pacemaker you can trash one of the gear sets.
            Mike
            Central Ohio, USA

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            • #7
              I had one of these in 16" with a much longer bed. I ended up parting it out as a couple of headstock gears were stripped.
              Parts from LeBlond are quite expensive.
              I shipped parts all over the country and ended up selling the heavy stuff to a fellow on here.

              THANX RICH
              People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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              • #8
                Thanks for the feedback. I still haven't decided if I'll buy it, probably will try and check out the gears in the headstock before I commit to buying it.

                Ron

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                • #9
                  Well I ended up buying the lathe. However the KDK tool post and holder shown in the photos was not part of the deal so I got the lathe a little cheaper because of that. So now what to do with it as I already have enough lathes.

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                  • #10
                    So I guess when you are in Alaska and you can buy a lathe
                    you do it.

                    -D
                    DZER

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                    • #11
                      Not sure of your year ??
                      I had a LeBlond 14 or 15 x 24 and the year made was July 1943 as I called LeBlond with the serial number.
                      I mention it because mine had the famous Wide Front LeBlond Way and the rear had a normal V way while yours has a double V.
                      Does anyone know when the changed to the Wide Way ?
                      Rich
                      Green Bay, WI

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                      • #12
                        NC5a: It looks very much like the Monarch's from the 1940's. The Monarch's were good lathes, but not fast. if you plan to use carbide on small work, you might be disappointed. Lathes from this era were intended for HS steel tooling. Good luck.

                        Sarge41

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for all the replies. I don't plan to use this Leblond as I have several other lathes plus one in the rebuild process. I will clean it up and checked out. If it runs well then I'll probably sell it, If it has problems then it becomes another project. If there's serious problems then it becomes a parts machine.

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