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Le Blond Lathe


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Old 05-30-2010, 10:29:07 AM
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We recently received a new little lathe and drill press. The lathe is a Le Blond, 18"x maybe 60". Can some one help date it. The plate says 18 (in), Lot ---, No. 10(& maybe a number under the rivet).

The drill press doesn't have any mfg. plate, just the jobbers tag. It looks to be about a 20" table.

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Old 05-30-2010, 12:03:32 PM
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http://www.lathes.co.uk/leblond/index.html
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That is the oldest Le Blond lathe I have ever seen. It doesn't even have a hand wheel to move the carriage. Must date around 1910 if I were to make a guess.

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nice old equipment it would be nice to get it running again. This is a picture of a Allen lathe that I adapted an electric motor to. I have no idea how old it is but it still run great not real precise but good enough for what I need and the price was right- FREE

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The plan is to get them inside and running soon [well, hopefully before the end of summer]. Both have 3-phase motors, and so we have to resurrect a phase converter to get them running.
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The drill press looks like a Cincinnati from the late 1920s although everybody and their second cousins were making drill presses in the teens and twenties so it could be a copy.

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I suspect that the drill press does date from the 1910-20 period. It's electric motor looks original and is of that period. These came out of a power plant machine shop that I think was built about that time.
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Looks close to the Le Blond Regal I have and it is a 1945, yours may be a bit older?
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:54:26 PM
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According to Ken Cope in "American Lathe Builders...", Le Blond introduced their quick-change gearbox in 1904. The lot/no. was replaced with a serial number by 1918 (date of my LeBlond) and probably somewhat earlier. The 1911 LeBlond catalog shows both the heavy duty and standard lathes with the stepped apron, so we can date this lathe at 1904-1910. This lathe is definitely worth restoring and using. LeBlonds of that era are quite rare.

Suggest you post pictures to the antique machinery forum at www.practicalmachinist.net. There are a couple of LeBlond collectors who may have more info for you.

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I was able to send my serial number to whoever owns the LeBlond name now and I got back the original sale date and purchaser's name. They also offered to completely rebuild it for something like $13k, plus freight. I passed.
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