Got a new play toy

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  1. Gator515151

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    Does anybody know how to operate one of these? I don't. Hope my garage floor don't crack the damn thing weighs 3,800 lbs.

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    What do you plan doing with this lathe?
  3. Gator515151

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    There is a long story behind that lathe. My dad's company had a machine shop in their plant, if something in the plant broke down they would machine their own parts rather than have to wait for an order to come in. Dad was a machinist in the army during WWII and could operate a machine as well as any of the machinists in the shop. When push came to shove he had a reputation of leaving his office and kicking one of the machinists off his machine and making the part himself. When he retired in 1998 the guys in the plant sent that lathe back to the manufacturer and had it refurbished then gave it to Dad as a retirement gift. When he passed my son took it under the condition it would never leave the family. My son just sold his house so I inherited the lathe. I really don't know what I am going to do with it but should be fun playing with it for a while. Although it is over 40 years old that model still goes for 6-12 thousand dollars. It is a hell of a machine.
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    A very good metal lathe. Have fun !
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    LakeGator Mostly Harmless Moderator VIP Member

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    That brings back memories for me. I used LeBlond machine tools in a couple of my metallurgy courses a few decades back. They are very good tools.

    LeBlond appears to have a number of tutorials on YouTube so you may be able to spin it up and make all manner of parts.
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    Juggernautz Don't tread on me! VIP Member

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    One of my first jobs was in a tool and die plant running a similar lathe. Although not rocket science, it takes common sense and a bit of math and forethought to operate. With the advance of technology they have taken alot of the "thinking" out of the process, and lathe operators have become simple button pushers. As old as that machine may be, it will outlast today's equivalent by decades as they were built to last.....
  8. GatorNavy

    GatorNavy Damn the torpedoes! Moderator Premium Member

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    Whenever I see machines like this, I think that I need a bigger shop.
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    I have my first project. At the risk of sending this to Too Hot, my neighbor who has a pretty nice shop behind his house wants to make a gun barrel on it. If he is successful in making this gun I don't want to be any where near it when he fires it.
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    You don' know how to operate a French Blond? I'm sure disappointed!
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