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    Default William m. Black machine shop - odd old lathe

    Visited Dubuque, IA yesterday and found the old Corps of Engineer's sucking dredge the William M. Black, which was in service from 1934 to 1973.


    This machine shop had an interesting Rahn Larmon Lathe, Steptoe shaper and Western radial drill.

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    Maybe the extended cross slide is to allow more utility if using the lathe as a mill?

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    RL is sliding bed extension gap. I think NEBEL bought these folks out

    Thumbnails are one waiting to go to scrap near Pensacola years ago
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    And some old catalog scans. Get a load of the FINEST FEED of .026" in the second thumbnail
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    Thats cool.

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    I've owned a Rahn-Larmon lathe since 1985, bought it from my family's iron works, for $100, they'd owned it for quite awhile before that, it is listed in a 1952 appraisal.

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    I'll try scanning the motor drive page and edit it in here later today. I would imagine the lathe in WMB is a bit "newer" than my catalog

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