I have been lurking here on and off for about 6 years and finally took the plunge. In June last year I won an Ebay auction for an old 16" Leblond about 100 miles from home, $306, the seller grumbled that the chuck was worth that much. I borrowed an equipment trailer from a neighbor and went to pick it up. Another neighbor with a front end loader picked up off the trailer and put it in the shop. I levered it in place with a 4" x 12" x 8' oak slab I had cut from a tree. I found a 3 phase converter cheap enough to convince me that I didn't want to build one. But the house was being remodeled and cars broke down, and things got busy at work so it just sat until this weekend. Heck I waited 6 years to get a lathe whats a few more months.
This weekend I figured out the wiring in the control box and hooked it up and hit the switch, nothing. It took about 4 attempts at wiring it to make it work, and I'm a sparky by trade, impatience is a bad thing.
So now I can run the motor both directions, the spindle speeds, and gear box controls all seem to work. I tried to turn the piece of aluminum the dealer had left in the chuck and curls came off. The tool bit is too high so the cut was pretty rough but it cut.
Now for tools, materials and knowledge.