Anybody have or use LEBLOND 15" X 30" lathe
There is one available for under 2K and i am considering buying it.
Any design flaws or common problems with Leblonds ?
Seems comparable to a monarch 10ee its a heavy machine a 2500#
Do you know the model and age? My pre WW2 Leblond with babbit bearing and
top speed of 600 was good for its time. Not worth much today. OTOH a Servo
Shift is one EXCELLENT machine. In general all the newer Leblonds are fine
I often make use of a servo shift Leblond, it has been an excellent machine.
How many rpm will the spindle on your lathe do?
"Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect
government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home
in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
The antique 16 x 120 Leblond does 600
The 22 x 72 Mazak M4 does 2000
The Monarch 10EE does 3600
The Hardinge CHNC does 5000
I've been pining for a servo shift about 14 or 16 by 48 or 60. My better
half suggested I don't need another lathe. She just don't understand the
need for more tools!
Ive a Leblond royal, 15/30.
Made in 1942
All gear head, taper preloaded bearing main shaft.
Turns to 1/1000.in
Limitation is the chuck accuracy.
Mentioned it some yrs ago on this group. Came as lease lend from the
USofA to the UK.
Many thanks still going strong.
My son will inherit it one day.
Expect it to go on for another 60 to 100 yrs at least,hopefulloy for
Like many have said....what is the age of the machine. Back in the day
I used many a Leblond....the day being the 80's when the machines were
already like 30 years old. Great stuff to learn on...and to make good
parts on. These things were in my high school...imagine the abuse a
bunch of high school students can dish out...the Leblonds held up very
well. However...without seeing pics/age/ect.....its a guessing game.
LeBlond (my old client) was made in Cincinnati. It's one of the real
old-time US machine-tool builders, dating from the 1870s, I think. They ran
into financial trouble when the Japanese muscled their way into the US
market and Makino bought in, somewhere around 1980. They then became
LeBlond-Makino. Then they moved north out of Cincinnati, but still in Ohio,
into a brand-new plant. Then Makino bought out the rest and it's just part
of Makino now.
The later model LeBlond Regals were made in Singapore. The plant was run by
LeBlond, so the quality was about as good as the Ohio-built machines. A good
one is a great find; they were excellent machines.
I used to know Dan LeBlond when he still ran the company.