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Le Blond sliding gap lathes

MCritchley

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Mar 22, 2007
Location
Milwaukee
Is anyone on the forum running or has run a Le Blond sliding gap lathe? I am looking at one later this week and am curious if anyone has any cautions or words of praise for these unique machines.
 

kenton

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Dec 15, 2015
Location
Illinois
We have one a my work. Seems to work well enough. Ours is a 20" lathe you can swing 30" on, so keep your expectations realistic.
ours has a goofy leg to support the bed when extended and a tool post mount to replace the compound for OD turning with the gap extended.

I have a PDF I found online with some info on them but it is too large to attach. Let me know if you are interested in it.
 

m-lud

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Sep 4, 2016
Location
Missouri
Is anyone on the forum running or has run a Le Blond sliding gap lathe? I am looking at one later this week and am curious if anyone has any cautions or words of praise for these unique machines.
Not the personal hands-on experience you're asking for but here is a brochure with some specs from a V.M. link
You may already have it.
There may be other information in the publication reprint links.
 

MCritchley

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Joined
Mar 22, 2007
Location
Milwaukee
We have one a my work. Seems to work well enough. Ours is a 20" lathe you can swing 30" on, so keep your expectations realistic.
ours has a goofy leg to support the bed when extended and a tool post mount to replace the compound for OD turning with the gap extended.

I have a PDF I found online with some info on them but it is too large to attach. Let me know if you are interested in it.
The extended tool post makes a lot of sense and was listed in the bill of sale with the machine, I hope it's in the crate of stuff. I really don't plan on doing much in the extended gap, but it will be really nice to have.
Yes i am interested in the PDF, i'll PM my Email. Thanks
 

kenton

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Dec 15, 2015
Location
Illinois
Tool post extender.
 

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