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Thread: LeBlond Lathe ID
06-16-2007, 09:43 AM #1
I have just recently aquired a LeBlond lathe need help with the Model and year. I found the serial number on the tail stock end between the "v". It is NB912. I have pics but don't know how to insert them. It looks very heavy duty maybe from the 40's, appears to have a 14" swing.
06-16-2007, 10:10 AM #2
NB912 is a heavy duty 12" from the early forties. By that time, it was common for "real" 12" lathes to swing 14 1/2"
06-16-2007, 06:17 PM #3
My Friend confirmed your reply. It's a heavy duty 12" from 1942, 1 of 350 built.
08-31-2007, 01:36 PM #4
I just looked at a Leblond Regal-servo shift. Are you able to help me with and ID? The only ID numbers I saw were 50462-on the tailstock end of the ways on the operators side. Any help would be appreciated.
Also, I value your opinion on the quality of this lathe---It is in very good shape, cosmetically and operated smoothly.
08-31-2007, 03:31 PM #5
I bought a LeBlond Regal servoshift last Jan from a guy who had been told it was a 16", but he wasn't sure.....I called LeBlond with the serial #; 4B1106, and was told it was a 13" machine, although a larger turn could be accomodated.....Their records show it was shipped to a company in LA in early "63".....
The letter "B" in the serial is for 13", "C" = 15", "D" = 17" and "E" = 19".....Are you sure the second symbol in the serial isn't a "D"?.....
Call LeBlond ltd, 888 532 5663, or email Roger at: email@example.com with the serial #.....They should be able to tell the size & when it was built.....
The machine is great.....After 30+ years of Atlas/Craftsman lathes I finally have something that's accurate and sturdy.....
08-31-2007, 03:50 PM #6
No, I am not sure as the numbers were given me over the phone. I will check with Leblond but if it were a D---do you know what that identifies?
08-31-2007, 09:37 PM #7
Talk with Leblond representative today and he advised me there were no 5D but were some 5C serial numbers. I will get a good look next week and thanks for the help.
09-02-2007, 10:56 PM #8
Again, thanks to all and I got a good look at the Leblond this afternoon--imagine a machinist working on Sunday--The serial number is 5C-462 and I believe it dates to 1966 and it is a 15" swing with 42" between centers. All I lack is the money to buy it? ha
09-12-2007, 07:08 PM #9
Recently bought a LEBLOND with a number 5D419 Can anyone tell me anything about this lathe...Date.. number built etc? Can i get parts anywhere in the UK. The chuck is a three jaw which runs very slightly of tru..Can i do anything with it? Where could i get a 4 jaw that would fit?